Skip to comments.Rep. Walsh Introduces 'Dairy Deregulation Act' to Put Milk Prices Back in Consumer's Hands
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.
It’s outrageous that there are still some of these stupid New Deal regulatory programs still scattered about in the Federal Government.
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.
Costing each American about .22 per year.
It should be gotten rid of on principle, not because it costs too much.
Where I live, a gallon of milk costs $3.69. It has gone up in the past 12 months.
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?
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.
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.
“Does Illinois grow a lot of soybeans?”
Does Obama support Marxism?
“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.”
It’s $2.59 here at Aldi’s and that’s for whole milk. The other stores are MUCH higher.
—Its $2.59 here at Aldis and thats 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.
will it do anything about Pennsylvania, where the retail price of milk is set at a state level?
And people don’t say boo about paying $1 for 12 ounces of water!! Makes me want to scream!!
—And people dont 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.”
It goes for over $4 per half gallon... an outrage.
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.
Reason number three:
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!
Oh Man! I forgot about THAT!!!!
That’s city (tap) water. I know there are freepers in the area to confirm this.
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.
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.