An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
There is much being said about S. 510 lately. It’s a bill of more than 40,000 words, which leads me to ask…..have they read it? Do they know what’s in it, or does it just sound good on the surface? I mean, who doesn’t want safe food? Food, in my lifetime, has always been pretty safe. (Since the average age for an American woman is around 80, let’s just say I’m pretty much PAST that middle aged mark.) Oh, sure…there have been a few incidences, but as a whole, we have the safest food in the world. You can stop at your local fruit stand, on the side of the road, and buy home grown tomatoes. You can pick up a variety of veggies from your neighbors garden, or you can grow your own, and sell them at the flea market, and always be assured you had the freedom to do so.
Now, with this bill, that assurance is no longer viable. The “Secretary” is being given a whole lot of power over what you do, and personally, I’d like to know, just when did we hand over our personal responsibility to a faceless entity in D.C.?
Do you have a veggie garden? Do you can the extra, and maybe sell it to raise money for your church? Or community center, or some such? Well, too bad! If you don’t keep detailed records of every little thing you do, then you are out of luck! That’s a no no. Do you have honey bees? Do you sell your honey locally? Ooops! Can’t do that either. Big Brother says so! If you aren’t registered, if you don’t adhere to all their regulations, if you don’t bow down to Big Government, then lets face it, you are sh*t outta luck! Perhaps that little extra money you earned by selling your extra veggies, that was being saved to put Jr through college, is gone.
If you read through this bill, you’ll find they have taken great pains to affect EVERY aspect when it comes to any sort of food. And naturally, when it comes to government, the incompetence will commence immediately. I wouldn’t count on food being ‘safer’. As a matter of fact, I’d be more inclined to believe that safety will be the LAST concern of the federal government.
Last night, the Senate voted for cloture on this bill. You know, when they decide there’s been enough debate, and no matter what the people say, they’re going to do what they damn well please. My senators? Lamar Alexander – RINO, is actually a co-sponsor, and Bob Corker – RINO, appears to be all for it. Interesting that two senators from a state that has a LOT of rural area, and many roadside veggie stands would be for such a thing, don’t you think?
Lamar Alexander – R TN – Bribe For: $190,421 – Against: $4,850
Bob Corker – R TN – Bribe For: $298,639 – Against: $8,850
*head slap* Oh, I get it now. It’s not about safety, or concern for the citizens! It’s all about the money!