The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared St. James Parish a primary disaster area along with 52 other parishes in Louisiana due to excessive rainfall and drought. The agriculture (food production) industry is the foundation of the nation’s economy. In a November 30, 2009 press release, Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M stated, “Many of our state farmers, foresters and ranchers have been devastated by natural disasters for a second year in a row and we are grateful for the help from the Governor’s office and the USDA. A concerted national effort is needed to assist our agricultural producers so American farmers may continue to produce and compete in the worldwide market place.”
With respect to this disaster designation issued by the USDA, currently, in Congress, the Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) has already passed the House and awaits debate in the Senate. This bill would give the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) “greater regulatory powers over the national food supply and food providers with the goal of preventing food-borne illnesses and ensuring food safety.”
What impact would this have on small farmers? The bill would empower the FDA to regulate how crops are raised and harvestedby allowing the federal government to force industrialization and the purchase of industry products.
The Constitution was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity-unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity. - Henry Clay (6-29-1850)
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. - Abraham Lincoln (8-27-1856)
There’s a relatively new political activity growing across the political spectrum of America. It appears to be effective and interesting. It’s based on an historical occurrence going back to the Revolution. But it has nothing to do with colonists blaming insurrection on Native Americans. It’s the NEW format of TEA Party. TEA stands for TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY. That’s a sentiment resonating with most everybody I speak to. It’s difficult to find a middle-class citizen complaining he’s being taxed too little.
The movement’s based on core principles. They’re adapted to fit the specifics of each individual group but many follow the alignment of the core Republican principles espoused during the Reagan administration. These groups are free to pick and choose the ideals they most admire. Almost all want a return to the Constitution and Bill of Rights as they’re written: not interpreted by legal “experts” pushing radical agenda of social experimentation based solely on their personal educator’s ideals.
In direct opposition to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s derogatory claims, these groups are real “grass roots” operations. They’re not “Astro-turf” ®. The people involved are American citizens. They’re taxpayers, veterans, laborers, professionals, technicians, craftsmen and artisans making a statement about the perceived hijacking of their government by people supposedly hired to execute the citizens’ will. They’re people demanding their voices be heard. They want recognition as participants in the pursuit of the American dream. They want to realize their concept of that dream, not the one force fed them by government bodies like the Congress, the Presidency and the Federal Courts, believing their self-structured hierarchy is above the people.
Thursday morning, commenting about Tuesday's Massachusetts senatorial election, US Senator Mary Landrieu was quoted as saying "The loss in Massachusetts should serve as a wake-up call.........".
All I can say to this is: WOW. Thank you, Senator, for helping me to finally understand the frustration former Saints Coach Jim Mora must have felt when he made his famous "Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Don't talk to me about playoffs" rant. If she was listening this morning, I'd like to follow the coach's example and rant, "Wake-up call? Are you kidding me? Don't talk to me about wake-up calls. We've been trying to give you a wake-up call since last April".
Here's a short re-cap of how we've tried to get her attention:
We've written card and letters. We've gotten back form letters; sometimes not even on the subject we wrote about.
We've made phone calls. We got busy signals. Perhaps understandable on occasion, but all day? Were the phones purposely disconnected? I hope not, but we'll never know.
We demonstrated in front of her office and were met by Federal Marshals who wouldn't even let us come onto the steps of a building WE paid for.
Now, after all of these efforts to let her know how we feel, she's so out of touch that she thinks MASSACHUSETTS sent a wake-up call? Someone should tell Senator Landrieu how much this makes her sound like a 21st century Marie Antoinette.
I don't want to give up on Senator Landrieu; she's one of our own, but statements like this serve to prove the old saying that "denial is not just a river in Egypt".
The Daily Bell is pleased to publish an interview with the distinguished libertarian attorney and activist, Edwin Vieira, Jr.
Introduction: Dr. Vieira holds four degrees from Harvard: A.B. (Harvard College), A.M. and Ph.D. (Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and J.D. (Harvard Law School). For over thirty-six years he has been a practicing attorney, specializing in cases that raise issues of constitutional law. He has presented numerous cases of import before the Supreme Court and written numerous monographs and articles in scholarly journals. His latest scholarly works are Pieces of Eight: The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution (2d rev. ed. 2002), a comprehensive study of American monetary law and history viewed from a constitutional perspective, and How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary (2004), a study of the problems of irresponsible "judicial supremacy", and how to deal with them. With well known libertarian trader Victor Sperandeo, he is also the co-author (under a nom de plume) of the political novel CRA$HMAKER: A Federal Affaire (2000), a not-so-fictional story of an engineered "crash" of the Federal Reserve System, and the political revolution it causes. He is now working on an extensive project concerned with the constitutional "Militia of the Several States" and "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms."
Daily Bell: Thanks for sitting down with us. Let's get right to it. In your view, what are the most critical domestic problems facing America?
Edwin Vieira Jr.: Two stand out. The foremost problem-because it is the source of, or contributes significantly to, almost every economic difficulty now plaguing this country-is the inherent and ineradicable instability of the present monetary and banking systems centered around the Federal Reserve System.
Physicians will not be bullied into bankruptcy. Our system needs reform, but what's being hammered out in Washington is not the answer.
Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why.
Doctors are leaving Medicare for two reasons: one obvious, the other more concealed.
The first is simple—the math:
For the past decade Medicare consistently paid physicians 20% less than traditional insurance companies for identical service.
On January 1, 2010 Washington made hidden cuts to Medicare by altering its billing codes.
Medicare will cut physician reimbursement by another 21% on March 1. The CBO said this cut must take place if the Senate healthcare bill was to “reduced the deficit.”
Even more, Congress pledged to cut Medicare by yet another $500 billion. Again, the CBO said this additional cut must take place if the Senate healthcare bill was to “reduced the deficit.” Many physicians were operating at a loss even before this series of massive cuts. In 2008, Mayo Clinic posted an $840 million loss in caring for Medicare patients. No businesses can survive when patient care expenses exceed revenue.