Friday, April 10, 2009

CPSIA for food? H.R. 875, Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009

Our government has gone crazy with power. No checks and balances exist any more. No true care for those of us who are supposed to be in charge of those we elect. We have a government out of control: a leader of the House who insists that those of us who are planning or worked for our retirements need to be taxed more so that illegal immigrants and others who haven't bothered to work or save can have more. Huh? I don't mind helping those who are not able to work, but illegal immigrants and people who don't but could ...

The latest debacle is H.R. 875, Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. The propaganda meant to calm our concerns sound much like that of the Consumer Product Improvment Act of 2008. According to Overlawyered, "At Treehugger, one finds language which with a word changed here or there is virtually identical to the reassuring language one recalls hearing from CPSIA backers ..."

According to Jennifer Lance on Eco Child's Play, "H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 could end farmers’ markets as we know it by requiring growers to register, be subject to inspections of their gardens by federal agents, and maintain safety records related to food production or face large fines."

Yep, that's right, it will be small farmers and gardeners harmed by this law, and of course the public as prices of food rises and is limited more and more.

My doctors told me I have to reduce stress in my life, so I can't take on the fight as I did the CPSIA, but that doesn't mean I won't contact my state's Washington delegation. I will, but I can't be as passionate as I was before. Hopefully others are willing to go to battle on this issue -- and the fight still continues against the CPSIA.

Our government has lost its collective minds, and they don't even care.

Power corrupts; absolute power absolutely corrupts. God help us.



L. Diane Wolfe said...

You're right - it will hurt the small guy! And ironically, when there is an issue with food, from where does it originate? A big grower. Always.

Our government is supposed to be doing what they can to help the economic crisis, not make it worse!

L. Diane Wolfe

Rena said...

It's gotten insane. And you're right about the abuse of power being completely out of control. Today I read that the president sees "a glimmer of hope" and that he thinks things are getting better. Tell that to the 11+% of unemployed people in MY community who will soon have to compete for the few jobs there are with illegal immigrants, who are willing to work for even less. My little community will be hit HARD by this. :(

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

My vision for all of this is we the people are little robots, obeying the commands of our leaders, like in a sci/fi movie. We just do what we're told, no voice, just a rusty squeak.