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Why Does The United States Government Need A "Raisin Reserve?"
Washington Post via Outside the Beltway Blog ^ | July 26, 2013 | Doug Mataconis

Posted on 07/28/2013 12:51:03 AM PDT by Innovative

A Florida congressman has introduced a bill that would eliminate one of the U.S. government's most unusual institutions: the Raisin Administrative Committee, keepers of the national raisin reserve.

The raisin reserve is a program established by the Truman administration which gives the Agriculture Department a heavy-handed power to meddle in the supply and demand for raisins.

To limit the supply of raisins on the market, the government can simply take tons of raisins from the farmers who grew them.

Sometimes, the farmers don't get paid a cent in return.

On Thursday, Rep. Trey Radel (R)introduced a bill that would eliminate the reserve’s legal underpinnings. It would end the 1949 rule, Marketing Order 989, that created the Raisin Administrative Committee and the reserve.

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1 posted on 07/28/2013 12:51:04 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Since we don’t have any kind of Grain reserve as every government has done for thousands of years why not a raisin reserve? We will need something to eat when the sh!t hits the fan


2 posted on 07/28/2013 1:24:04 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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To: Innovative

Nonsense, we must have a Raisin Reserve to keep ahead in the Fruitcake race.


3 posted on 07/28/2013 1:41:20 AM PDT by MetaThought
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To: MetaThought

As though San Francisco wasn’t enough?


4 posted on 07/28/2013 1:44:30 AM PDT by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: Innovative

Only feral government experts are qualified to solve the raisin problem. Well, heck. Only feral government experts are even aware of the inter-continental raisin crisis that could bring civilization to its knees. Do you have any idea what that stubby little fat creep with the funny-looking hair cut in Pyongyang does to the North Korean raisin crop every year?


5 posted on 07/28/2013 2:39:06 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Innovative

This explains why John Kerry ran for President in 2004.

He wanted to free up more raisins.


6 posted on 07/28/2013 3:05:43 AM PDT by LurkingSince1943 (Former War Criminal)
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To: LurkingSince1943

Is there also a Federal Gin Reserve?


7 posted on 07/28/2013 3:16:39 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Innovative

I like Craisins better anyway.


8 posted on 07/28/2013 3:41:59 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Innovative

Big Ag gets more welfare and government protection than any other industry.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 3:43:17 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Difference between George Zimmerman and Al Sharpton is that Sharpton woulda let honky family burn)
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To: Innovative

Sounds like something out of fuedalism doesn’t it?

Do they also have to pay taxes on the remaining raisins when they are sold?


10 posted on 07/28/2013 3:44:53 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Innovative

This government must be stopped....in its tracks.

There is absolutely no reason for such a gargantuan, drooling monster to be alive and kicking.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 3:58:39 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Innovative
"Why Does The United States Government Need A "Raisin Reserve?"

Well, because if Obama's son was, like Obama hisself, a fruit, then heed prolly look jess lahk thet thar raisin...

8^)

12 posted on 07/28/2013 4:01:04 AM PDT by Gargantua (Hey dimwit, is this a politically correct, sphincter-approved tagline? Too bad...)
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To: IbJensen

The Raisin Reserve is just one of a thousand or more things that need to be shut down.


13 posted on 07/28/2013 4:02:09 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Innovative

I heard of this years ago, back when I was in Farming/Horticultural Business for 22yrs. Absolute stupidity and insanity. Gov’t doesn’t solve problems; gov’t only makes problems. Kill the monster!


14 posted on 07/28/2013 4:04:37 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Innovative

Because it’s better than a Sinkin’ Reserve.


15 posted on 07/28/2013 4:08:26 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: Innovative
Why Does The United States Government Need A "Raisin Reserve?"

Perhaps it's because they need something to store in Ft Knox cuz there's no gold left............

16 posted on 07/28/2013 4:33:43 AM PDT by varon (Down with tyranny)
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To: Innovative

Why Does The United States Government Need A “Raisin Reserve?”

Why do we need full time law makers?


17 posted on 07/28/2013 4:52:51 AM PDT by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: Innovative
Libs warn of a crash in raisin prices without government intervention

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/18/local/la-me-0619-abcarian-raisins-20130619

"But their free-market absolutism could be put to the test if they prevail in court and the price of raisins plummets. No one will be there to support them."

Isn't it touching how they care...

18 posted on 07/28/2013 5:09:32 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

As source, instead of “Washington Post via Outside the Beltway Blog” should be “Heard It Through the Grapevine”.


19 posted on 07/28/2013 6:10:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m guessing this is why we haven’t heard from the California Raisins lately.


20 posted on 07/28/2013 7:41:15 AM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus

George Carlin said he always wanted to be in this commercial, “sittin’ down in the milk, with my raisin beret...”

CTTOI, haven’t heard from him in a while either.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGXl311mM3A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Biuwby6j5Gw


21 posted on 07/28/2013 8:41:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: GeronL
The Raisin Reserve is just one of a thousand or more things that need to be shut down.

I think there are the same types of regs. for oranges and avocados. (market orders)

22 posted on 07/28/2013 12:24:28 PM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
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To: dearolddad

Yep. and peanuts are controlled and sugar prices are artificially high because of government programs and...


23 posted on 07/28/2013 12:33:47 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Innovative
On Thursday, Rep. Trey Radel (R)introduced a bill that would eliminate the reserve’s legal underpinnings. It would end the 1949 rule, Marketing Order 989, that created the Raisin Administrative Committee and the reserve.

Well, it's a start! Probably 3000 government employees on this Committee by now.

24 posted on 07/28/2013 2:15:58 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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