Saturday, February 16, 2013

Federal Extortion

Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama White House, announced Thursday that the "sequester" scheduled for March 1 will mean furloughs for federal employees that have the most consequential effects on the average citizen.   According to Carney a lack of Dept. of Agriculture inspectors will mean that meat processing plants won't be able to open, taking 2 billion pounds of beef and 3 billion pounds of poultry off the market.  It's now gotten to the point where a US citizen can't buy meat without the permission of the federal government.  Furloughs will also be given to air traffic controllers and TSA personnel, making travel even more of a hassle than it already is.  As usual, when the government gets into an intramural wrestling match, it makes sure that the most uninterested parties are sucked into the struggle and used as pawns.

 Mr. Obama blessed the plan Thursday evening, saying through press secretary Jay Carney that Republicans now face a choice: “Do they protect investments in education, health care and national defense or do they continue to prioritize and protect tax loopholes that benefit the very few.”

There's a lot of content in that statement.  But the most important content is the reference to "the very few".  What Obama is saying through Carney is that confiscation of personal property is OK as long as it's limited to a certain number.
This happened a couple of years ago when the Minnesota legislature was in a budget impasse and lack of racing commission personnel meant that horse racing had to be suspended, although they don't feed, saddle, inspect, ride or do anything else with the horses or the money bet on them.

You can rest assured, however, if National Beef operates its plant in Liberal, KS without inspectors there WILL be legal authorities on the payroll to shut them down.  

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