Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A couple attacks on small family farms -- H.R. 875 and S. 425

Again we are faced with good sounding legislation that just grows government in ways that allow them to be the strong arm of big money. For a quickie video on both H.R. 875 and S. 425 -- click here.

H.R. 875, the Food Safety and Modernization Act stinks to high heaven.

Let's just start out with who introduced it -- Rep. DeLauro D, Conn. Her husband works for Monsanto. If there ever was an evil corporate giant, Monsanto is it.

Another big stinker is Senate Bill 425, the Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act. This one is sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D, Ohio. And again, there is noise of Monsanto connections with this politician (according to the World Net Daily article).

The bills call for the creation of government agencies which will be up in the business of even the smallest food producers -- legislating and prosecuting over details like what pesticides are or aren't used, what animals are fed, and how to medicate animals. This is all jumping off of the scare from the peanuts in Texas, mark my words. Some of the fines proposed are draconian -- up to 1$ million dollars per offence. Small farmers are concerned about both these bills.

I'd love to see the Conservative "anti big government" folks jump on these bills, but I'm not expecting any action from them. I'm not expecting much of any push back from Washington at all unless folks make a huge stink -- big money is behind this so it's business as usual. We have two weeks to voice our concerns.

Notice that it's two Demublicrats that are introducing these bills -- "the-one party-as-two-party" system is in full force here. Whomever happens to be in power is beholden to the same interests, which is why I'm neither a Republican nor a Democrat. On the grand majority of issues, especially ones I'm most concerned about, there is no difference.

If you want to read more, check out this write up on World Net Daily.

Here is the website where you can get information to contact your representatives in Government, from the President down. Each hand written letter has the impact of thousands of emails and phone calls. But emails and phone calls are still better than nothing.

Enjoy the intartubes' ability to rally awareness and resistance against yet another attempt by big money to control their competition -- US,



Dale said...

I definitely think these bills merit close scrutiny. But there may be some funny business going on with the campaigns against these bills:

Bpaul said...

From what I've read of the bills, they are a mixed bag. Not 100% onerous, but definitely shady.

In the end, it's government getting bigger and nosier -- so I can stand by my position against both of them.

Thanks for the link, thoughtful as usual sir,