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Bloviating Zeppelin: The Budget And Mad Cow

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The Budget And Mad Cow

One opinion, one point:

Opinion:
When it comes to fiscal conservatism, the Republican Party simply fails under President Bush. Today, the federal government spends $2.47 trillion—that's 2,470 billions of dollars—each year. Adjusted for inflation, that's 50 percent larger than the big-government Clinton-era budgets of only a decade ago – remember those? – the ones conservatives complained about? Of that, only 21 cents of every taxpayer dollar goes to national defense and homeland security. By contrast, 54 cents goes to entitlements like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and 8 cents goes to servicing the federal debt.

As The Patriot Post indicates: Meanwhile, the federal deficit will grow another $423 billion this year, raising the national debt to $8.28 trillion! While we're not exactly "The sky is falling!" deficit hawks, it's worth noting that big budgets and big deficits tighten the money supply, increasing the costs of investment and slowing economic growth and prosperity.

This is not what Conservatism is about. I continue to be disappointed.

Point:
Just what you want in your beef: bovine spongiform encephalopathy. You know it as Mad Cow Disease. And were you aware that the USDA under President Bush has barred Kansas meatpacking company Creekstone Farms from following through on its plan to test 100% of its cattle for BSE?

In order to reassure its overseas customers, Creekstone wanted to test 100% of its cows – compared to the USDA – which tests 1% of slaughtered cattle. The USDA had the actual temerity to say that Creekstone’s proposed testing regime would “undermine confidence in government efforts to spot the disease,” which can cause fatal brain damage in people eating infected animals.

Here are some Truths according to BZ:

Yes, it would undermine confidence. And why is the USDA only testing 1%?
Moreover, the USDA is likely afraid that testing would reveal Mad Cow more common than anyone ever imagined.

That the Bush Administration’s USDA would actually oppose a positive move for the benefit of public health is beyond outrageous. It’s just plain stupid and dangerous.

And what of tree trade and open markets? What if Creekstone’s beef “takes off” because of vigorous testing? Wouldn’t that likely force others in the beef industry to test in a like fashion?

So, Bush USDA: competition isn’t good? Public health isn’t good? Saving peoples’ lives isn’t good?

This is reprehensible.

BZ

4 Comments:

Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

05 09 06

Preach on! And take care BZ:)

Tue May 09, 10:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Fish said...

I can't remember the last time I voted for a politician because I thought they'd be the right person for the job. It always comes down to voting for the lesser of two evils. We should go back to a system where our elected officials were Statesmen instead of politicians, doing the job because they loved the country and not because it's such a big paying job. Take away the paycheck and we might get people back in there that truly care for the country.

Wed May 10, 05:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Mahndisa: Thanks!

Fish: In Fornicalia where I live, the Independent Party is the third largest and now, at 19%, growing in number -- its greatest number in this state comprised of those who are true Conservatives and discover that they had not left their original Republican Party -- but that the Republican Party left THEM.

BZ

Wed May 10, 07:17:00 AM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Unfortunately neither party gives anything to stand up for... so we are at the era of an Evil of Two Lessers...

What is going on is known as the *spot check QC*, and it is deplorable.

When I was putting a proposal forward to do a conversion of geometrically critical images to digital format at the Agency I worked for, one of the SES (Senior Executive Service... the civilians that can actually easily be *fired* from Federal Agencies) had the bright notion of doing a 10% QC. It needed to be pointed out that the first inaccurate digitization that cost lives in a friendly fire incident would be immediately traced back to same and the bright individual who wanted such a thing.

100% QC is the only way to go.

That said, give the folks making chemistry labs on a chip a few more years and a cheap and easily made sensor for this and just about every other identifiable chemical or molecular substance should be available. Moore's Law at work to give us such things...

Thu May 11, 02:56:00 AM PDT  

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