Saturday, February 9, 2013

As The Fed Peers Ever Deeper Into Your Lives...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
-vs- Tyranny

It looks as though the Obama Administration, not satisfied with enacting a flawed national health plan that even unions are becoming leery of has decided to tell Americans what to do to make their homes safer. Sure to follow will be new mountains of regulations and costs associated with this benevolent and loving plan. Certainly the Federal Government needs more to do as it increases control over the lives of every individual and business in the country.

But I best shut up because the Feds just hate naysayers now din;t they?

HUD No. 13-011
Shantae Goodloe
(202) 708-0685 FOR RELEASE
February 4, 2013

Improving housing quality can dramatically affect the health of residents

WASHINGTON—Several federal agencies today unveiled Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action. White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman discussed the new plan during an event at the National Building Museum this morning.

The initiative represents a bold new vision for addressing the nation’s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home. The Strategy for Action encourages federal agencies to take preemptive actions that will help reduce the number of American homes with health and safety hazards.

People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home. Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; pests; damaged paint; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, lead poisoning, result in lost school days for children, as well as lost productivity in the labor force. The health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated with the home are considerable, and cost billions of dollars.

TheStrategy for Action unifies, for the first time, federal action to advance healthy housing, demonstrating the connection between housing conditions and residents’ health. It also promotes strategies and methods intended to reduce in-home health hazards in a cost-effective manner.

“It is clear that unhealthy and unsafe housing has an impact on the health of millions of people in the United States,which is why we must do everything we can to ensure that individuals and families have a healthy place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Today’s announcement will help the federal government unify action to controlling and preventing major housing-related exposures and hazards.”

“Thanks to unprecedented collaboration across the federal family and among our many partners, we now have a specific plan for action to address radon and other preventable hazards found in homes across the country. This is important progress, especially when you consider that people spend an estimated 70 percent of their time inside a home,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “At EPA we’re committed to ensuring Americans in all communities have healthy places to live, work and play, and the strategy we announced today is a critical step toward reaching that goal.”

“Healthy homes and communities are essential to our quality of life, our productivity, and our economic vitality,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality. “Through this plan, Federal agencies have committed to working together to make sure all Americans can count on safe, healthy places to live, grow, and thrive.”

Dr. Mary Jean Brown, Chief of CDC’s Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch added, “Healthy homes lead to healthier lives. People can take simple steps to protect themselves from health hazards in the home.”

“Energy efficiency and healthy homes are inextricably linked,” explained U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. “We cannot, in good conscience, pursue one in the absence of the other. DOE is committed to ensuring that our efforts towards creating an efficient national housing stock also strive to maximize the health and safety of the families we serve.”

The overall vision for the Strategy is to reduce the number of American homes with residential health and safety hazards, achieved through five goals:

1}Establish healthy homes recommendations
2}Encourage adoption of healthy homes recommendations
3}Create and support training and workforce development to address health hazards in housing
4}Educate the public about healthy homes
5}Support research that informs and advances healthy housing in a cost-effective manner

For more on the Strategy for Action, visit the interagency Healthy Homes website,

Big Brother IS watching...

Via: Memorandum


  1. Replies
    1. Looks benign on the surface....

      I suppose if the Feds really want to see homeowners make healthy improvements for "domestic infrastructure", if they have to lecture anyone, they need to chew out the local governments that clobbers homeowners with excessive taxes (all in order to pay for things like this and this which are common all over the country..... and stop the ridiculous property-tax assessment process which discourages people from spending money on improving their homes because they get killed with property tax assessment hikes.

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    1. jmj, I refer you to AOW who made the point quite well, don't you think?

      By the way, I'm still waiting for your response. Been so long now I'm sure you've forgotten.

    2. I'm sorry, what response are you waiting for? I've had a lot on my mind lately. You wouldn't believe the sorts of things going on in my life right now.


    3. No need for apology. You asked me a question relative to one of my posts awhile back to which I responded with an answer, then posed a question. Don't worry about it cause I almost forgot as well and would have to go back through several posts no doubt to find the exact specifics.

      Hope your issues are ones that you can resolve soon.

    4. Thanks. Actually, I'm more of a spectator of it all. Just sad and weird happenstance around me. Tragedy for others.

      I hope things work out okay too! ;)


  3. Les, I apologize in advance for copying and pasting here much of my recent comment over at Western Hero. On only my second cup of coffee this morning!

    About electrical deficiencies....

    This old house (the family homestead) doesn't come up to county code. I've had my house inspected by more than one independent electrician. According to these electricians, this house is perfectly safe!

    If I had to bring this house up to county code, the entire house would have to be demolished because of the brick-and-plaster structure and the hot water radiator heat.

    So far, the county building-code Nazis allow Mr. AOW and me to live here. The county Nazis do, however, forbid our renting the house to any tenant but family.


    I have to wonder if "healthy housing" will put a limit on the square footage allowed per occupant. It's not "healthy" for the environment for a couple to own and live in a mansion, right?

    1. No need to apologize! I'm glad you stopped in, and your comments certainly highlight the absurdities that are plentiful at all levels of government, local, state, and the federal.

      I mean if ain't broke just hand it over to the government and they'll take care of the rest.

  4. Yes, yes, Obama equals "1984"

    Les, I really do like you and find our conversations enjoyable but would you care to enlighten me why you didn't believe that the Patriot Act, which was passed in 2001 originally, did not bring us much closer to "1984" than this little ditty of an effort by the Feds does?

    Who did you vote for in 2004?

    Come on now....

    1. Given the circumstances following 2001 I initially viewed the Patriot act as something to help protect the USA against possible future attacks. Call it an initial knee jerk reaction if you like. I have since spoke out against the act. When you look at the act in total, with a clearer view of its impact on liberties, it is in fact 1984 compliments of Big Brother. Statism at its best I suppose you could say. It ought to be repealed, in full.

      In 2004 I was still voting for what I perceived the "lesser of two evils", In full I suppose GWB was no better than the alternative. But the alternative could have been much worse in different ways. But we will never know, now will we? Besides the past is the past, the wise learn from their errors. I also own up to my decision, good or bad... Satisfied TAO?

    2. I won 3 dollars thanks to tao's comment. I figured it would only be a matter of time before someone referenced W, since we all know he apparently still owns the White House, despite his absence for over 5 years now.

      Thanks, tao. I will use this 3 dollars to almost buy a gallon of gas, which was much less when W was in office. Just sayin'.

    3. Oh, and tao, I keep neglecting to ask:

      Did you ever do your blog post about how you PROVED Nancy Lanza was nuts? If you did, I must have missed it. Could you shoot me the link?

      I mean, you did say you could PROVE it, seems reasonable to inquire about it. Accountability and all.

    4. The Patriot Act (which now evidently also has a kill-list), which Obama extended, along with unlimited detention and rendition.

    5. Hey TAO, Anon, one of the many or one whichever the case may be apparently didn't think I answered your inquiry satisfactorily. so since his, her, or it's comment is unprintable due to vulgarity I ask you, was it answered to your satisfacrion?

      Now Anon, do have a fine evening.

    6. RN,

      Use your blog live feed to recognize that ANON and TAO visit from two different locations, thus they are not one and the same. Since you cannot recognize that TAO never uses vulgar language.

      If you want to know if TAO thinks your response is adequate; let me ask you, was it adequate? If you had been rational at the time, you would have recognized that the Patriot Act could only lead to bigger more intrusive government. But you did not see it because the Republicans were sponsoring it and you were not willing to believe that the Republicans would ever do anything like that.

      If you looked further, you would realize that only one senator voted against the bill and only 65 House members; the one senator and 62 of the 65 house members were all members of the Progressive Caucus!

      Hmmm...Progressives against big intrusive government? That is impossble because everyone knows its conservatives that say they are against big intrusive government.

      But then again politics is all about what you say, not what you do....its all about what you want to believe is true not what is true.

    7. A) I realize T & A are not one in the same.

      B) Yes, O satisfactorily answered your inquiry.

  5. Hey bone head Anon(s), whichever or whoever you are, a she, a he, or an it... I do not post Anon(s) comments that are nothing more than personal attacks on me. No depth, no substance, just pure blind hatred. You, the one that left a half dozen hate comments in rapid succession today are one very sick individual entity that needs to seek professional help. The sooner the better before you hurt yourself or someone else.

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