Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Administration that cares more about big business

You are not going to believe this… oh wait, it’s from the Bush(whacked) Administration, so of course you will.

The administration said earlier this week that they will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.

I typed that correctly… and you read that right…they will fight to keep meatpackers from testing their animals for mad cow disease.

What? The? Hell?

How did all of this start you ask, well, it seems that Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in Kansas, wants to test all of its cows for the disease.

Personally, I think that’s a fabulous idea… not only will it guarantee the meat is safe, it will be free enterprise at it’s finest because EVERYONE will want their meat from them because they’ll know it’s safe.

This administration has other ideas.. and one can look no further than their history of helping big business and screwing the average consumer to find the reason why.

Ya see… large meat companies worry that if Creekstone began testing all of its meat and advertised them as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well, so the the Agriculture Department decided to start regulating the tests by arguing that widespread testing could lead to false positives that would thus harm the meat industry.

Are you kidding me??

Rick Perlstein at Common Sense explains it perfectly:

“First, observe the contempt for liberty. When E. coli conservatives say self-regulation is preferable to government, they're even lying about that. Second, observe the contempt for small business. When a small company want to - voluntarily! - hold its product to a higher standard, the government blocks it, in part because bigger companies have to be protected from the competition, in part because a theoretical threat to the bottom line (false positives) trumps protection against a deadly disease. There's your conservatism, America: not extremism in defense of liberty. State socialism in defense of Mad Cow.”

How the hell do the people in this administration sleep at night??

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