TVA or EPA – false choices both of them

TVA or EPA – false choices both of them
February 29, 2016

TVA says “EPA made me do it.” EPA says “I’m in charge here!” Meanwhile, Congress is sitting on its thumbs oblivious to the great harm it has done and is doing to the governance of America. Why? A weak and directionless elected body of federal representatives, that’s why. It adds to the anger and frustration of voters throughout America; an upheaval is coming and voters are saying, “throw the rascals (the establishment) out!”

The TVA board of directors, a feckless bunch, is as irresponsible as those gone before. You see, the directors just slide on through, rarely dissenting among themselves; never with the TVA CEO. Presumably, the latter gets his ideological directions from the Washington admin.

Look at the broad picture. FDR knew from the start with his idea of “little TVA’s” all over the country, America would become socialistic (that’s why TVA alone was called a “socialistic” program from the beginning.) And it’s a funny thing, presidents as far back as Eisenhower advocated abolishing TVA, but no one was strong enough to follow through the obvious clash between the federal government and the seven sovereign states comprising the unwieldy TVA territory.

Because of a lack of responsibility (just slide on by,) TVA was flawed from the start. Oh yes, there were those responsible for everything but there was and is no accountability anywhere in TVA. Hence, no one is ever fired from TVA (the states certainly have no jurisdiction.) Actually, the federal government doesn’t fire anyone either. I saw it “in action” in Washington. In one case, a regional director crossed a political appointee, was called to Washington and was given a fancy office in a fashionable hotel. There was a caveat; his office had no Inbox or Outbox. Eventually he retired with a “plum” retirement package.

Government management and management in private industry are entirely different; does it have to do with OPM?

TVA has ushered that attitude and management style in an 80,000 sq. mi. in the South. It’s time to boot TVA!

Norsworthy Opinion

TVA hammer falls again crushing houseboats

TVA hammer falls again crushing houseboats
February 27, 2016

Does it matter what the input is from the houseboat owners and other vested interests? Fake “environmental damage” will occur not because of what users have done for decades on the TVA lakes but because of sliding ineptitude, mismanagement, confusion between what is sovereign property and federal government mandates (requirements.)

I ask TVA to look at the debris and sediment which is filling the lakes up and making the power dams useless, is that “environmental damage”? Yes, in the long run. What the driving force behind TVA’s actions is the pure ideology of the admin. It really does not matter how it affects the lives of hundreds if not thousands and their entrepreneurial efforts of those who have been misled by TVA because of gross negligence that today, still, has not been held accountable for the billions of dollars of waste.

So in the name of “environmental damage” (while not ever explaining what “environmental damage” may or may not happen,) I cannot help but recall the actions of Big Brother in Orwell’s ‘1984.’ “Environmental damage” is as vague as anything in that book. But control is the name, and TVA has it.

“Follow the money” for the pot of gold that is TVA. On principle alone, TVA should be abolished, principle says the TVA Act of 1933 should never have been enacted; it has never been “settled.” On principle alone, Eisenhower was right, as were many others but the pull of money was too strong. Later rulings by the Supreme Court ruling were on the narrow point of a contract and they never touched TVA’s constitutionality.

Today, TVA is operating on borrowings (TVA recently received nearly one billion dollars from a bond sale) and the reduced income from electricity sales. The previous TVA model, no longer valid, leaves TVA deeper and deeper in debt WITHOUT A REQUEST FOR CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS!

Essentially, TVA is a shaky house of cards; when it crashes, no one will be held accountable, not a single person for the waste and abuse TVA has rendered.

Norsworthy Opinion