Posts Tagged ‘Pork’

PORK AND OTHER LEGISLATION BY-PRODUCTS

April 11, 2018

It’s simply amazing that we keep asking Congress or state officials to pass rules, laws and regulations to make our lives better. Every new law is written in such a way that the citizens lose something beyond the purpose of the command. Rarely are the laws meaningful to the problem or situation they attempt to address.

Staying away from the insanity of highly charged subjects of abortion or gun control for now, let us take an intelligent look at something simple that our elected officials have imposed upon us. Here I’d like to talk about the calorie labeling off-shoot mandate for fast food restaurants that was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Each restaurant must now have a listing of the caloric content of their products.

I don’t hang out in fast food venues, but when I’m traveling I do occasionally use them for quick sustenance. When the PPACA was first enacted, I noticed a large sign – NUTRITION FACTS – over a brochure holder on a counter. The brochures had a full listing of the calories for all of the foods sold through that particular chain. After looking through one, I asked the manager how often someone picks up one of the information pieces. She laughed and said they put them out three weeks ago and haven’t had to refill the display yet. It was well over half full and that location served hundreds of customers per day.

Again, I don’t spend a lot of meal time in these places, but I have yet to see a slow speed waddler pick up one of the government mandated brochures. I seriously doubt that it would influence the salivation induced by the pictured bacon topped, double meat, double-cheese sandwich with a super sized side of deep fried reconstituted starch sticks and large carbonated sugar drink. *I have, however, heard people ask for a diet drink to make them feel better while gorging on the calorie laden, nutrition free, artery and colon clogger.

The initial cost to food chains was in the millions of dollars for research, government review, printing, distribution and displays. For what? To clutter the counter? To punish the food chains? The people who most need the information are the least likely to care about calorie counting just like people who choose to smoke aren’t influenced no matter how large the info is printed on a pack of individually rolled carcinogen sticks.

However, what you get when your Congressperson or Senator feels the need to solicit a donation from a vocal advocacy group within their constituency is legislation that hurts business, property owners or citizens in general. The elected representatives are able to hide their participation behind numbers of other legislators often in reciprocal sponsorship of likewise unnecessary legislation. Our representatives receive donations and other perks while we lose freedoms and liberties.

And that my friends is called PORK! That is how we got a 2,232 page $1.3 trillion budget that will fund our government for the next 6 months, through September 2018. Nobody bothered to read the bill other than to make sure their personal and political favors were properly implanted.

To be an effective leader, President Trump must take control of the rebellious hill dwellers as well as the rest of the embedded swamp creatures. Since he does not have line item veto power, he must short circuit the ridiculous process, even if it means vetoing all such legislation until Congress becomes reasonable and responsible. Giving away the farm to get one new cow is unacceptable.

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