We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For years we’ve been told that Democrats were more “reality-based,” that “facts have a liberal bias,” in the words of Paul Krugman, and that if they could just have their way, they could fix all of our problems. No one represented this arrogant promise more than Barack Obama himself. But, with an irony so rich it would be made of Corinthian leather if it was a car seat, the only way he could get his signature legislation passed was to baldly and brazenly lie about it, over and over and over again. He created a rhetorical cloud castle where no one would lose his insurance, every family would save thousands of dollars, and millions of the uninsured would suddenly get coverage. Anyone who doubted this was called a fool or a liar, or even a racist. It was, in the parlance of liberalism, a “false choice” to assert that Obamacare couldn’t be a floor wax and a dessert topping.
And all of this — every bit of it — is their own fault.
Actually, he only "said" he was against special interest influence. As we know, what he says and what he believes are rarely the same. He rides the brake for fear everyone will jump off if they see where he's going.
Ok. Let's compromise on the trans-fats issue. Everyone in government who participates in the decision to ban trans-fats agrees that if we don't see a reduction of 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths that they lied and can be sued just like those nasty asbestos manufacturers. Let them create a multi-billion dollar fund to pay off law suits when their decisions turn out to be lies. After all we now know for certain that the government feels it has to lie to get laws it wants passed. So let them put their money where their mouth is.
Republicans are quite talented to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. Their only response, over and over again, must be, this law is fundamentally bad and broken and must be repealed. Don't screw around with "fixes."
I live amongst many "organic" farms that spring up overnite (the irony since the fields are supposed to be pesticide free for 3 yrs, but most everyone ignores this)
the organic label is there for anyone who has the money to buy the USDA license.
And the new 2000 page FDA regs that oversee AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES *yes, the FDA is overlapping USDA for our own good of course**
is going to put a big beatdown on organic farms that use manure as fertilizer. The new regs state a waiting period of over 200 days after manure application which leaves fields laying dormant for an entire year in most areas of the US. (this is supposed to address the food borne illness from animal manures, let's overlook the fact that most people have no immunity to anything because they 99.9% antibacterial free their homes)
Never mind that the manure sources are usually not "organic" (antibiotic and pesticide free ) anyway. Nobody is supposed to realize that.