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Rep. Walsh Introduces 'Dairy Deregulation Act' to Put Milk Prices Back in Consumer's Hands
publiusforus ^ | Dec. 1, 2011 | Rep. Joe Walsh

Posted on 12/05/2011 7:30:59 AM PST by re_tail20

Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) recently introduced the ‘Dairy Deregulation Act’ to phase out the government's milk price setting regime, called the "Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO)". This program was established in pre-refrigeration 1937 to guarantee that there were no shortages of milk across the country. Today 74 years later, milk is the only major agricultural product with government-mandated prices that differ according to product use.

Walsh stated: “Most taxpayers are unaware that they are paying for their milk twice. Currently American families are taxed to pay for a federal program that directly increases the cost of their milk. This is outrageous. Innocent taxpayers are being taken advantage of on a daily basis by another out-dated, pointless government program.

“It costs American taxpayers roughly $68 million a year to run this program that keeps milk prices artificially high. The price of milk should be set through market demand not government regulations.

“Today we continue to identify and cut wasteful government policies and programs. The House has passed over twenty bills that cut regulations, create jobs, and reduce consumer costs during this Congress. Deregulating the dairy industry will not only achieve administrative savings, but will ultimately provide lower dairy costs for consumers.”


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: bigcow; dairy; joewalsh; milk; newdeal

1 posted on 12/05/2011 7:31:10 AM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

It’s outrageous that there are still some of these stupid New Deal regulatory programs still scattered about in the Federal Government.


2 posted on 12/05/2011 7:32:39 AM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

Although I completely agree that this should be stopped, I am under the impression that if it is stopped, we would see the price of milk double or triple.


3 posted on 12/05/2011 7:45:24 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: re_tail20
It costs American taxpayers roughly $68 million a year to run this program that keeps milk prices artificially high.

Costing each American about .22 per year.

It should be gotten rid of on principle, not because it costs too much.

4 posted on 12/05/2011 7:50:07 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: re_tail20

Where I live, a gallon of milk costs $3.69. It has gone up in the past 12 months.


5 posted on 12/05/2011 8:00:21 AM PST by BAW (Not Romney. No. No. No. No. No.)
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To: re_tail20
Hmmmmm. Let's seee, a couple of years back someone was whining about the cost of dairy farming being so high in Illinois, the Congress Critter from Illinois is waving his arms about an evil program that has been around for nearly eighty years and soaks up an amazing $68 million dollars a year, the President from Illinois has run us multiple trillions into debt but this $68 million is all this particular Congress Critter focuses on out of the entire Federal budget. Not union thieves like those so common in Illinois, not the multiple boondoggles going on in Illinois, or the fact that the EPA destroyed as much industry in Illinois as foreign competition has, just this dairy thing. So ....

For some reason I don't think getting rid of this program is going to reduce the price of milk and could well increase the price of milk. I bet it would increase the size of the donations this Congress Critter gets from Illinois dairy associations and farmers, though. If someone knows how this would lower the price of milk I'd be glad to hear it but I don't see how changing this would do anything other than increase the price of milk and aid the soy milk gang who are facing stiff competition from a lot of other uses for soy. Does Illinois grow a lot of soybeans?

JMHO

6 posted on 12/05/2011 8:09:08 AM PST by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: Sherman Logan
Costing each American about .22 per year.

You assume every American actually pays taxes. Besides 68 million is a lot of money whether it is Bill Gates spending it or the U.S. Government spending confiscated money from those actually paying taxes.
7 posted on 12/05/2011 8:15:24 AM PST by rwh
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To: re_tail20

There are still taxes on every phone bill to support getting phone service to rural areas.

I think there are still items on your power bills pertaining to the ‘REA’ Rural Electrification of America efforts.


8 posted on 12/05/2011 8:19:31 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Sherman Logan; re_tail20

Not all people buy milk so your numbers would be off because of that. But more importantly the government makes the product cost more in addition to the bureaucratic costs.


9 posted on 12/05/2011 8:21:51 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: Rashputin

“Does Illinois grow a lot of soybeans?”

Does Obama support Marxism?

http://library.thinkquest.org/J001571/crops.htm

“Many crops are grown throughout Illinois. The two main grain crops grown in Illinois are soybeans and corn.”

“There are 9,700,000 acres of soybeans in Illinois - more than anywhere else in the United States.”


10 posted on 12/05/2011 8:27:04 AM PST by Altariel (`)
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To: cuban leaf

It’s $2.59 here at Aldi’s and that’s for whole milk. The other stores are MUCH higher.


11 posted on 12/05/2011 8:33:11 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

—It’s $2.59 here at Aldi’s and that’s for whole milk. The other stores are MUCH higher.—

And it was always on sale for $1.99 a gallon back in the mid-1980’s. Milk prices are an interesting phenomenon.


12 posted on 12/05/2011 8:39:21 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: re_tail20

will it do anything about Pennsylvania, where the retail price of milk is set at a state level?


13 posted on 12/05/2011 8:40:07 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cuban leaf

And people don’t say boo about paying $1 for 12 ounces of water!! Makes me want to scream!!


14 posted on 12/05/2011 8:42:18 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

—And people don’t say boo about paying $1 for 12 ounces of water!! Makes me want to scream!!—

Yeah, that figure is something I’ve used ever since I sold Fuller Brush door to door in the early 70’s. It was easier to sell those expensive brushes to poor people than upper middle class people. It caused me to coin the following phrase:

“The difference between poor people and rich people is that rich people know that you spend your money a dollar at a time.”


15 posted on 12/05/2011 8:48:07 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: All; re_tail20
Since we need lactose free milk, anything that drops the price would be much appreciated!

It goes for over $4 per half gallon... an outrage.

16 posted on 12/05/2011 9:34:49 AM PST by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama and Speaker Pelosi.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Bottled water....
I see two primary reasons why people pay for bottled water.
1. OSHA created a unreal fear of water can water on jobs, so bottled water is now preferred
2. Cities ocassionally having bad tasting water, mostly due to A. Gov. insistance on excess chlorine residual in potable water and B. inept treatment plant operators over-dosing chlorine to all the water so to have the “correct” residual in the far reaches of their system

#1 planted the “bad water” idea and #2 backed it up.

When outside the USA, I too am a 100% bottled water user, because in most of the planet drinking water is not safe.


17 posted on 12/05/2011 9:46:24 AM PST by X-spurt
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To: X-spurt
I see two primary reasons why people pay for bottled water.

Reason number three:


18 posted on 12/05/2011 9:48:07 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: X-spurt
There are some places in the S.J. valley near Fresno that have tap water that is completely undrinkable. Hanford, Lemoore and Armona CA have water that reeks of rotten eggs and will rot anything aluminum. Let alone take a shower in it. It is a requirement to drink bottled water in these areas.
19 posted on 12/05/2011 10:24:03 AM PST by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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To: BigpapaBo

WOW, is this “public” tap water or private wells?

Once had a private well that had so much hydrogen sulfide and 5.0 pH it was almost unusable. Found a way to improve it quite well with compressed air and piping in a limestone treatment chamber.

Any public system like that should be shut down, its easier for them to properly treat this than a private well!


20 posted on 12/05/2011 11:49:23 AM PST by X-spurt
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To: dfwgator

Oh Man! I forgot about THAT!!!!


21 posted on 12/05/2011 11:50:44 AM PST by X-spurt
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To: X-spurt

That’s city (tap) water. I know there are freepers in the area to confirm this.


22 posted on 12/12/2011 12:55:38 PM PST by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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To: BigpapaBo

That area must have some geothermal injecting H2S or sulfur into the water table.

You could still break the H2S out with aeration, or activated carbon filtration maybe and add a pH contact chamber to bump up the acidity. Lot of trouble, but still cheaper than bottle water.

The City Water Dept should know how to clean it up. Might want to bring it up at a City Councel Meeting.


23 posted on 12/12/2011 2:25:53 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: X-spurt

The water has been like this since I was a child.(’69) AFAIK it hasn’t changed. I no longer live in the peoples republic of CA. But I do have family still in the area. It’s a running joke everytime I speak with family there. I offer clean, tasty, non-smelling water to drink/shower with in exchange for some of the local foods I can’t get out here in WI.


24 posted on 12/13/2011 4:08:04 AM PST by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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