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Levin: If You Think The 'Broccoli Mandate' Can't Happen, Just Try To Buy Gas Under EPA's New Rule

By David James | September 18, 2012 | 3:01pm EDT

Citing the EPA’s new gas purchase mandate, Mark Levin mocked skeptics who say the threat of a broccoli mandate is ridiculous.

On last night’s radio show, Levin compared a four gallon new minimum-purchase rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Obamacare health insurance purchase mandate and warnings that a broccoli-purchase mandate could be next:

“You think these regulations only effect big companies? Of course that’s not the case. Obama says, ‘All they [Republicans] want to do is cut regulations.’

“I’ll give you an example- here’s the Daily Caller:

‘With prices at the pump worrying Americans, Republicans have railed against the EPA’s new gas mandate that requires consumers to buy at least four gallons when purchasing from stations from hoses containing 10 percent and 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel.’

[Levin Live] “Now remember Obamacare? ‘Hey, how can they compel you to buy healthcare? They can compel you to buy broccoli. Oh yeah, right. What are you, out of your mind?’

[Levin From Daily Caller Report] “‘On Monday, Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson criticizing the agency’s approval of the sale of gasoline containing 15 volume percent ethanol.

[Levin From Dailly Caller Report] “’The EPA has no business telling American’s how much business they must purchase,’ Republicans said in the letter. [Representatives] Jim Sensenbrenner, Chip Cravaack, Minnesota, and others. Furthermore, EPA’s first fuel purchase requirement appears to have been made outside the normal rule-making process seems antithetical to free-markets- (Levin Live) like that bugs them - [DC Report] and highlights the flaws in the agency’s hasty decision to grant partial wavers for E15-

“’What if a rider doesn’t have a motorcycle with a four gallon tank?’ Sensenbrenner said. ‘Or if someone wants to fill a canister with for their lawnmower or outboard boat engine, but it holds two or three gallons?’

[Levin Live] “Just one more example of how problematic the EPA’s rules are, ladies and gentlemen. So don’t be surprised if you go up to the fuel tank- excuse me the gas tank- go to the gas station, and you’re required to buy a minimum amount of gasoline- for the environment of course. Everything’s for the good of the people.

“But don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen. Just because you’re required to buy a healthcare policy doesn’t mean the government will start requiring you to buy other stuff, will it?”

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