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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 07:41:21 PM EST
    Tags: Food, farms, Starvation, Michigan, S.510, More Stupidity, from Washington, Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow, et al., Tyranny (all tags)

    How incredible that on the eve of thanksgiving, with its promise of high caloric abundance, that our federal masters would be talking about limiting the way in which we feed ourselves.

    And our senatorial tyrants Carl Levin, and Debbie Stabenow are a part of this plan.

    S.510 which failed to get traction BEFORE the election is back on the table, and is expected to gain enough support for a vote on Monday. The bill dubbed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is touted by its promoters as a way to promise standard rules for consistency in food production and a means in which government can ensure compliance with those measures.

    Like other grand government efforts it has promise of some dire consequence as well.  Mostly for small farms, farmers market participants, local growers, and anyone who cannot afford a team of lawyers ready and able to challenge the best intentions of our benevolent and all protecting federal tyranny.

    Whats the problem with food safety being advanced?

    The fears brought about by a number of contamination incidents has created a bit of a concern on food handling practices, the ability to track contamination to its source and liability issues.

    The liability issues are used to suggest small farms and growers are incapable of providing relief and covering losses due to contamination lawsuits.  The position supported by our very own Senator is one that would eliminate that trouble.  The filter that demonstrates ability to withstand lawsuit and provide relief is the underlying regulatory structure that resides in this bill.  Drop in inspections, compliance measures affordable to only large producers, and a nightmare of bureaucracy the is prohibited to most.

    If you would ever like to start a farm after this is passed, don't even try.

    What is the ultimate analysis?  Where does that leave the rest of us?

    In Traverse City, there are a number of folks who supplement their income by providing spices in the local farm market.  Some farmers who participate grow only a few items, and the farm market revenues mean the difference in their bottom line.  Some would not survive without that little difference.  At some point, as with everything our government gets its hands into, production of such wonderful things as tomatoes, beans, corn and other grown goods will 'necessarily' come to an end in too many places. Traverse City is not alone.

    This where we have come.

    Fears of contamination may well be an issue that government has a legitimate 'general welfare' position to play, but as food prices rise above affordability and the fear of hunger grows, a dirty carrot might well be the last thing to concern us.

    • Get a little scared..  Now. Understand how this affects all of us.
    • Call Carl Levin's office, bang on his door.
    • Wake Debbie Stabenow from her tryptophan induced feeding trough coma, and get them both to agree that Michigan cannot afford the loss of family farms, or higher food prices.

    Not today, and certainly not after next Monday.
    < We All Remember This... | Happy Thanksgiving. >

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    Same Song 1,000,000th Verse (none / 0) (#1)
    by Rougman on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 09:15:53 PM EST
    Less competition, higher prices, more people pushed into poverty, a more powerful bureaucracy, and increased taxes to support the swelling--all in one fell swoop.

    What's not to like?

    It's not adequate these days that a corporate entity that abuses the public can be punished by the free market.  No, bureaucrats have to use these incidents to expand their own power.  The beauty of it all is that many of these corporations that produce shoddy or unsafe products are precisely the ones that are deemed too big to fail or possess lobbies large enough to sidestep the regulations while smaller companies are the ones that get hammered.

    (Think lead in toy paint...Mattel gets to provide its on testing while small companies are being driven out of business by the costs of adhering to CPSIA regulations.)  So, while Mattel was perhaps the worst culprit in the importation of toys with high paint levels, it is its competitors that get driven under.

    Conservatives (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ed Burley on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 09:44:50 AM EST
    have no room to talk - they've been supporters of the IDEA that the government has vested interests in what we put into, and do with, our bodies. The War on Drugs is but one example - followed by alcohol and tobacco taxes (so-called "sin taxes").

    The FDA is held up by conservatives as well as progressives as "the protector of the consumer."

    Want to be consistent? End the FDA. End the War on Drugs.

    Then I'll believe that the GOP gives a shit. As long as the GOP, and its conservative base, believes that the government can govern what we put into our bodies, I'll not believe a word of "protest."

    The victim here will be the small farmer. Corporate interests, the kind that control our country right now through BOTH parties, will be the benefactors. We lose when we have no choice except the black market - which will be created, just like in the war on drugs.

    Rougman, you're right, but... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Corinthian Scales on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 11:49:51 AM EST
    ...it's a vastly larger picture.  This, S.510, Dick Durbins' "bipartisan" food bill is about the continuation of a decades long surrendering of Americas sovereignty to a global socialistic Europe agenda.

    Here is a four part video from 2005 that explains the very existence of S.510 today.

    Yes, Dr. Rima Laibow, half a decade later, is still fighting Codex Alimentarius being implemented in America through the Democrat Party's S.510 socialist agenda bill.

    I would strongly encourage everyone to visit www.HealthFreedomUSA.org to inform themselves, and if interested, sign Dr. Laibows' Citizen's Petition and call their congressmen demanding that S.510 and S.3767 be stopped right now.

    Even Moscow noted earlier this year that the Jackboots are real and they are coming for your food in America.

    Interestingly enough, all this brought back a deeply etched into my mind topic I read last year by Rougman.  I encourage everyone to read it again.

    If you listen to him long enough you might even become convinced that individuals interested in personal property rights are in league with Simon Bar Sinister to destroy the Earth.

    That applies to Sen. Durbins' S.510 if looking past the 'feelings' issue that socialists like Durbin use as red herring to protect "Who The People".

    Indeed...  This guy gets it, but, I don't hear him discussing nor mentioning Codex Alimentarius as argument against S.510 and S.3767.

    That's a serious problem.  Because when looking at who is now the Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and then when running down this list of Senators and specifically looking at her mentor...  I want her nowhere near my food.

    Stabenow onboard with Codex Alimentarius (none / 0) (#5)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 01:59:53 PM EST
    She is gonna squeeze out the little guys through her own provision bill in S.510 requiring more extensive training and intrusion.

    S.2758 - Growing Safe Food Act of 2009.

    S.510 passes the Senate, but... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Nov 30, 2010 at 12:13:58 PM EST
    ...you can still contact your House Rep. and tell them to not adopt S.510.

    Senate vote on S.510 73-25-2

    Republicans in italic

    YEAs ---73

    Akaka (D-HI)
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Bayh (D-IN)
    Begich (D-AK)
    Bennet (D-CO)
    Bingaman (D-NM)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Brown (D-OH)
    Brown (R-MA)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Cardin (D-MD)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Conrad (D-ND)
    Coons (D-DE)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Dorgan (D-ND)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Feingold (D-WI)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Franken (D-MN)
    Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Hagan (D-NC)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Inouye (D-HI)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Kirk (R-IL)
    Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    LeMieux (R-FL)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Levin (D-MI)
    Lieberman (ID-CT)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    Manchin (D-WV)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Menendez (D-NJ)
    Merkley (D-OR)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murkowski (R-AK)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Pryor (D-AR)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Shaheen (D-NH)
    Snowe (R-ME)
    Specter (D-PA)
    Stabenow (D-MI)
    Tester (D-MT)
    Udall (D-CO)
    Udall (D-NM)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Voinovich (R-OH)
    Warner (D-VA)
    Webb (D-VA)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Wyden (D-OR)

    NAYs ---25

    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Bennett (R-UT)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)
    DeMint (R-SC)
    Ensign (R-NV)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Hutchison (R-TX)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Wicker (R-MS)

    Not Voting - 2

    Bond (R-MO)
    Brownback (R-KS)

    Brown (R-MA), Burr (R-NC), Collins (R-ME), Enzi (R-WY), Grassley (R-IA), Gregg (R-NH), Johanns (R-NE), Kirk (R-IL), LeMieux (R-FL), Lugar (R-IN), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), Vitter (R-LA), and Voinovich (R-OH)

    14 names to be remembered.

    They just voted your food to be globally controlled.

    • Yup.. by JGillman, 11/30/2010 12:30:22 PM EST (none / 0)
    Coburn now a "Yea" vote (none / 0) (#8)
    by Corinthian Scales on Mon Dec 20, 2010 at 12:39:27 PM EST
    The GOP hasn't learned a damned thing from November 2.

    For the one who sows to his own flesh... (none / 0) (#9)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:29:56 AM EST
    ...will from the flesh reap corruption

    If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier.

    Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners -- to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone.

    Lieberman said failure to get it right comes with stiff penalties: "If you get it wrong, it's a federal crime, and you could face jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines."

    It takes a long time to Control the People


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