Green Eggs and Ham

Monologue from today’s Roderic Deane show on BlogTalkRadio:

Instead of Sam I am, perhaps we should say Uncle Sam, I am. This children’s story has become the perfect metaphor for the Obama administration. While promoting green everything, at the expense of a vast number of our most historical and productive industries, this administration has also pursued the most prolific spending in history. It has demonstrated an even larger appetite for ham (or pork, in DC parlance), than poor old Sam could ever have dreamed about.

There have been a couple of events over that last few weeks that have truly distracted our attention from this administration’s appetite for green eggs and ham. The first, which I talked about last week, was Obama’s head fake regarding the release of his so-called Certificate of Live Birth. This week, we received the fabulous news that Osama bin Laden was killed in a late-night raid by U.S. Navy Seals at his secret compound in Pakistan. Although important news, it is even more important to pay attention to what is going on behind this news, since we know how this administration likes to bury news that will expose it’s true agenda. I offer two items as an example.

Last week, it was the first-ever press conference by the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, Ben Bernanke. This week, news filtered out that the FDA has gone after an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania for distributing unpastuerized milk. Obviously, Amish-produced milk is an unwelcome complement to the administration’s love of green eggs and ham.

In an article on The Heritage Foundation’s blog, the Foundry, comes this, quoting a Washington Times article from April 28th:

“A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5am surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.”

The product in question is unpasteurized milk.

It’s a battle that’s been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as it’s also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.

And so, let the nanny state regulations begin. Well, actually, let them continue. We’re seeing an awful lot of it these days, especially when it comes to food.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which grants the FDA a host of new powers. Heritage writer Diane Katz explains:

“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act would authorize the FDA to dictate how farmers grow fruits and vegetables, including rules governing soil, water, hygiene, packing, temperatures, and even what animals may roam which fields and when. It would also increase inspections of food “facilities” and tax them to do so. And, fulfilling the dream of a long line of agency officials, the bill grants the FDA unilateral authority to order recalls”.

On top of being costly (or ham-ly, in Sam-I-am-speak), this program alone would require $1.4 billion in new spending between this year and thru 2015, the necessity of these new regulatory powers is questionable. The motivating force behind FDA regulations — and the reason for the crackdown on Rainbow Acre Farms — is a concern over food-borne illness. Diane Katz says that incidents of such illnesses “have actually been declining for more than a decade, in spite of higher consumption of the raw foods that are most often associated with outbreaks of food-borne illness.”

So, do you think this is just an outlying example?

Here’s another one from an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily (a really great source of information, by the way) from April 29:

While we were distracted by the president’s birth certificate show-and-tell, his EPA released its guidelines for expanding federal power under the Clean Water Act. America’s economy and freedom are at stake.

President Obama’s long-form birth certificate wasn’t the only thing released last Wednesday, but it was probably the least important. The Environmental Protection Agency also released its guidelines for expanding federal power over the nation’s waterways, ponds and puddles.

These guidelines will take effect after a 60-day comment period and will serve as a reference for environmental agencies in determining their jurisdiction over a particular body of water, large or small. They will eventually morph into binding regulations as damaging to our economy and freedom as the EPA regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.
House Agricultural Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., says the expanded EPA guidelines would let the government “regulate essentially any body of water, such as a farm pond or even a ditch.” A bipartisan group of 170 congressmen wrote a letter to the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers urging them not to issue the expanded guidelines.
But it’s not just agriculture that’s affected, but also energy production. The EPA recently revoked the coal mining permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce Mine No. 1 in Logan County, W.Va. The permit was issued four years ago and since then Arch Coal, which provides 16% of America’s coal supply, has followed every jot and tittle of the rules it was told to operate under. It didn’t matter.

After an investment of $250 million in the mountain-top mining operation, which when fully operational would have employed 215 miners directly and 300 indirect jobs in support services, it was ordered to shut down. … the EPA said it was acting under the authority of the Clean Water Act, saying the mine employed “destructive and unsustainable mining practices that jeopardize the health of Appalachian communities and clean water on which they depend.”

The EPA is currently suspending 79 such surface mining permits in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. It says these permits could violate the Clean Water Act and warranted “enhanced” review. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says she’s not against coal mining, but wants to see it “done in a way that minimizes impact to water quality.”

These are just two examples and I have many more, but not enough time to discuss them all. The reason I’m going to such lengths to tell you about this is because the lamestream media won’t. They bury this news in the back pages of their papers and online news sites. The lamestream media is complicit in this federal power grab by their unwillingness to report about it on the front page. I know, that’s a lot to hope for. I’ve been hoping for years and years.

But, you say, not everything can be headline news. This is true. But what we now have are alternative sources of information, of which this program is just one. I encourage you to search the Internet for the truth, because it IS out there. You just need the motivation to look for it and the confidence to challenge what you read, for there is also a lot of crap out there.

You’ve all heard about the blogosphere. It’s really not that hard to figure out. What was once the domain of computer geeks and Internet pioneers is now a cornucopia of relevant information and opinion, as well as the banal and inconsequential. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find someone blogging about it, guaranteed!

…and that’s my two cents worth for the week.