Friday, May 03, 2013

Finally: Congress to Debate Eggs

HT: Politico

With everything done on the national economy, health care and addressing national security concerns, our fine members of Congress have turned their attention towards crafting a new national farm bill and the one issue that is coming to define it: eggs.

No, I'm not being sarcastic.

Debate over the proposed farm bill is becoming intense as the United Egg Producers, supported by the Humane Society, are calling for federal regulation of hen housekeeping, which is driving cattle and pork lobbies to oppose the farm bill in its entirety for fear of more federal mandates into the agricultural field, particularly livestock housing. 

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is leaning strongly towards supporting the egg lobby's proposed hen housekeeping standards, while Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) is calling it a federal power grab and that there will be choice but for him to oppose the final bill if the provision is included.

Thus... The debate on eggs is not only real, it's actually contentious.

For the love of God. Congress refuses to address real concerns facing our nation today and instead picks eggs as the most logical next step in the 113th session's business... Give me a break.

What's next? The allowable distance between fire hydrants and dog parks? Ugh.

I have a excellent solution to this issue of eggs - how bout the federal government scrap the entire farm bill and allow the industry to conduct itself within the current framework of laws, stopping this neverending big brother intrusion into the soil and livestock of America and actually allowing the men who know what in the hell their doing to do it.

What say you?

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