Skip to comments.Madness, from D.C. to Denver (NOW, we can take over Agriculture - or at least TAX IT TO DEATH)
Posted on 03/13/2009 9:15:06 AM PDT by jessduntno
Have we all suddenly gone mad? Have our wits suddenly deserted us? Has common sense been completely routed from our lives? The indications are not good.
In a little-noticed verdict last week, a U.S. District Court of Appeals has decided that the Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to act against farmers who endanger public health by kicking up dust in the course of their business. Expect anti-dust regulations and fines to follow.
For those unfamiliar with pastoral activities, allow me to enlighten: I grew up on a farm, and can personally attest that most types of agriculture require close contact with dirt. Especially for the dry-land types of farming that produce most of the worlds cereal crop, a cloud of dust is the unavoidable consequence of preparing the land for planting. Even using the most modern and minimal cultivation techniques, its a grimy business.
But the Big Wazoos of regulation in the District of Columbia dont care about details. According to the EPAs spokesperson, the agencys goal is to protect public health, so the dust must go. How that will be done is somewhat less clear. Perhaps gigantic plastic sheets to trap the noxious stuff before it offends the nostrils of those who eat what farmers grow?
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Here in Colorado, we have our own examples of the stunning absence of reason. Like our governor, who takes steps to raise tax revenue by tens of millions, but insists his actions do not constitute a tax increase. The illogic of that statement is so powerful that even the Democrat-packed State Supreme Court cant figure out a way to agree with him.
Or SB 170, the Illegal Alien Educational Support Act. I know, thats not its title, but it should be: The bill proposes that, out of some addled sense of fairness, illegal aliens in Colorado should be able to attend our public universities at the taxpayer-subsidized in-state rate of tuition. How the security and integrity of our countrys borders will be enhanced by offering further enticements to those who wish to enter and remain here illegally is a bit beyond me. Unless, of course the actual worry is the flood of immigration from Wyoming and Utah, in which case offering favor to citizens of other countries instead of those from neighboring states makes perfect sense. I await the airing of this argument, I fear in vain.
And theres the FASTER issue, which allows for tolling of existing roads for the purpose of granting money to the black hole of the Denver FasTrack system. That provision (43-4-812 sub. 2) is on page 53 more-or-less, where highway maintenance is defined by legislative fiat to include subsidies for mass transit. This credulity-straining definition is what was behind the gleam of avarice in Mayor Hickenloopers eye when the tolling of Peña Boulevard came up. Evidently, someone neglected to mention that the road was actually federally administered, so setting up booths would be a little complicated.
The above are only a few examples of the illogic, bad sense and failure to acknowledge reality that seem to be proliferating through our leadership class like the flu in a kindergarten. And while it would be mildly diverting if this small madness was limited to fripperies like allowing electric motorcycles to share the road, when it tips into the delusional skewing of the tax base to support a new energy economy, we are all affected, and not for the better.
Fortunately, there still may be time to counteract this epidemic before we all are infected. Plain speaking is a good antidote; insisting that politicians call taxes taxes, and that they be clear about who is disadvantaged and who favored by legislation is a beginning. Calling for commonsense solutions to problems is a soporific as well; at the very least, trying to cure a national problem caused by promiscuous extension of easy credit through providing even easier credit at taxpayers expense is something that requires careful and detailed explanation.
Above all, we should remember the old lessons: that life owes you nothing, that you receive what you earn, and that prudence, sacrifice and optimism are necessary to success. Also, that dirt is not a deadly toxin.
We should understand as well that panic is a species of madness, and that those who seek to exploit it may have reasons for doing so unrelated to our welfare. They should be watched, carefully.
Its only common sense.
“Its only common sense...”
Sigh...not gonna work with Marxists who want to control every important facet of life in America...
Control of the food is control of the people.
democrats use environmentalism to control capitalism.
“In declining states the leadership intuitively choses the most harmful course of action.”- A Great Historian 1888
My garden will be important this year.
We have a Mugabe clone as in the white house..
I better start working on my subterranean farming equipment.
Every day this becomes more serious...I am afraid that we may not recover from this administration’s Marxism if we don’t act...
TEA PARTY ANYONE????
“Above all, we should remember...that dirt is not a deadly toxin.”
Unfreakingbelievable...I never thought I would see this happen to my country...NEVER...
HOW ABOUT LEAD PARTY!!!
I'm digging a trench for a retaining wall so I can double the size of mine. It should be done this weekend. My kitchen table is covered with trays of seedlings. Most years I've just done a couple of tomato plants, but it's time to get serious.
It put government/or co operations in the catbird seat ... doesn't it?
We as a people are entirely too trusting and gullible. MO!
To our own enslavement or destruction. Naivety is foolish ... indeed. Those that see, are called radical extremist, dangerous, conspirators
The libtards who support this crap will be able to judge for themselves. What’s more harmfull, dust from the fields or starvation?
I can’t help but think about the line Eleen Rilpey uttered in Aliens:
“Have IQs dropped sharply since I’ve been away?”
It’s what the farmers voted for.
One thing they will not put up with, all across the spectrum, is heavy handed government attempts to drive them out of business. They are stubborn, independent people. I've seen them shoot and bury hogs rather than sell at losing prices, even if in means they lose more by collecting nothing than selling.
How long do you think your centers of power in the big cities will last if they decide to start doing this on a large scale? How many of your "constituents" collecting welfare checks and buying drugs and booze have the expertise or even the ambition to run these farms if you send them out to take them over like your idealogical buddy Mugabe did in Zimbabwe?
Most farmers I grew up with can survive a very long time without anything from the cities. How long do you suppose the cities can survive without anything from the rural areas?
I saw that on Fox News about combining fields and ‘dust’ just a few minutes ago.
Spray fieids with water...one solution (scream!)...but their worry was not enough water to do that...duh...you can’t combine when crops are wet!
Combine at night....duh...being dry is the whole point...nightime has dampness usually.
I shouldn’t write when I am this frustrated! I need to calm down.
Farmers should immediately triple their prices until Congress gets the message to FO.