FDA, USDA and the EPA __ Obama’s Storm Troopers in Action

Three US government agencies and three stories from The Daily Caller that should make your blood boil.

The first story has to do with the FDA and an Amish farmer.

In April 2010, federal agents descended on the dairy farm of Dan Allgyers in  Pennsylvania. The Amish farmer produces unpasteurized milk on his farm and sells  it to families who prefer dairy products in their natural state.

The sale of unpasteurized milk has been illegal under federal law since 1987,  but that doesn’t keep clever farmers and customers from making it work, usually  by forming private clubs where raw milk is a benefit of club membership. Selling  unpasteurized milk is legal inside 10 states.

So, back in 1987 the FDA determines that there is “some” risk to consuming raw milk and writes a law prohibiting the sale of unpasteurized milk. But some people believe there are actual health benefits to drinking raw milk and they want raw milk for their families. To get around the law,  these people have worked with dairy farmers to form private clubs which allows club members to buy the milk they want. But the FDA Storm troopers put a stop to Farmer Dan’s illegal operation. However, this time the Storm Troopers have stirred-up a hornets nest. Visit the link and watch the video.

The second story has to do with the USDA and little bunny rabbits.  Here are some excerpts from the story:

It started out as a hobby, a way for the Dollarhite family in Nixa, Mo., to  teach a teenage son responsibility. Like a lemonade stand.

But now, selling a few hundred rabbits over two years has provoked the heavy  hand of the federal government to the tune of a $90,643 fine. The fine was  levied more than a year after authorities contacted family members, prompting  them to immediately halt their part-time business and liquidate their  equipment.

A fine of over $90,000 seems a bit steep, doesn’t it?  The family’s lawyer thought so too.

“My client rejects that proposal,” wrote their attorney, Richard Anderson, in a  May 19 letter,  noting that according to USDA’s own literature, its 6,000 annual enforcement  cases average “a penalty of $333.33 per case, and yet you contend it would be  appropriate my client tender a penalty of $90,643.00.”

From an average case fine of $333 to over $90,000,  I’d say that is a bit of over reaching by the Storm Troopers. But here is what a USDA spokesperson had to say:

USDA spokesman Sacks said the $90,643 fine “looks curious to say the least.” But  he insisted it was necessary for USDA to punish violators to ensure businesses  across the country register, putting them on the USDA’s radar screen for  inspections and possible enforcement.

The third and final story has to do with the EPA who are vying with the IRS to be the worst of all government Storm Troopers.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe is challenging the Environmental  Protection Agency’s request for $1.24 billion in new funding when the agency has  more than $2 billion at hand left over from the 2011 budget.

Senator Inhofe has very good reasons to question this request for a budget increase. Let me walk you through it. The EPA had approval to spend $8.97 billion in fiscal 2011. They are projecting to spend $6.71 billion. But for fiscal 2012 the EPA is asking for $i.24 billion more than they budgeted for 2011. In other words, they are asking for $10.21 billion in fiscal 2012. That’s $3.50 billion more than they are spending 2011. Folks, in these times of looking for every way possible to reduce spending, the EPA Storm Troopers are asking for 52% more than they’ll spend in 2011. Now that scares the hell out of me. Just think of the damage the EPA could do in 2012 with 52% more money to spend.

So, what do you think about our government Storm Troopers?

41 thoughts on “FDA, USDA and the EPA __ Obama’s Storm Troopers in Action

  1. Don’t forget the TSA! They sent a letter to Texas saying that if they passed the law that would make some of the patdowns illegal and a felony, that they would establish a no-fly zone over Texas. Reblogged about it this morning. Can this possible be legal?

    1. I didn’t know about this latest example from the TSA. I thought I was beyond being shocked by this government . I was wrong. The TSA Storm Troopers know they are operating outside of the constitution and they don’t give a damn.

    2. I couldn’t believe it about the TSA. That is the problem when the government gets to big. They can storm trooper their way to whatever they want. I thought the federal government was suppose to be the servant of the people not the bully.

  2. Travesty shamnesty…you have it right, unfortunately. Shrinking government is the last thing our legislators are doing. Why the EPA? Take a look at the grants and subsidies for Sustainable Development and Smart Growth. (I know….I’m starting to sound like a broken record.) These government agencies are only about power and diminishing rights….control of the masses. There is not an altruistic goal, i.e. for the good of the people. Nah….nothing like that. The EPA needs to be unfunded and eliminated….The FDA and USDA need to be cleaned up and back to original purposes of public safety without corporate corruption. (dreaming…there.) The left is so adept at co-opting existing institutions and then morphing them into anti-Constitutional regulations…it is what they do. And boy…have they been good at it!!! Add HUD, DOT, and Homeland Security…and the rest…Give a control freak the keys to the treasury and the keys to the courts….and what have you got? Soviet style government.

  3. This stuff just keeps getting better and better. Or rather worse and worse. When I was a kid in Orlando, FL we used to go to my mother’s family farm outside of Knoxville, TN every summer. Our parents would stay a week or two and then either my brother or I would spend the rest of the summer there. The ONLY store bought food was stuff such sandwich bread, catsup, salt, pepper, etc. Milk went straight from the cow into the refrigerator. The same milk was used to make butter and ice cream. NONE of it was pasteurized, homogenized, or any other kind of ‘ized’. And it was FAR better tasting than anything from a store. Eggs came straight from the chicken, vegetables straight from the gardens, and beef straight from the cow. Pigs were slaughtered and went straight into the smokehouse. And the folks on my mom’s side of the family tend to live into their 90’s.

    1. And none of the things had growth hormones in them that so much today does. They add it to the chicken feed and the grain for the cows. And we are seeing children going through puberty at a younger age, but they act as if it is better. Not in my book.

      1. Nothing was ever sprayed on the the cow pastures or vegetable gardens. No additives or hormones or whatever were ever given to the cows, pigs or chickens. As a kid I remember sitting in my grandmother’s living room and shaking many a Mason jar of milk. Butter at the bottom and cream at the top.

    2. Your absolutely right, Otis. Here in Venezuela we often by our food at open air markets or right off the truck. It’s fresh and hasn’t been treated with any chemicals an it is sooo good! These agency do a lot more harm than good and need to be closed or at least funded at a much lower level.

  4. Of course, the best news is that these people all get higher salaries than the private sector people they harm, and they have lavish benefits packages and retirements that we pay for. They have a corrupt bargain with the Democrats, who they help elect year after year with union contributions (your tax dollars at work… funding Democrat campaigns).

    Thank heaven these bureaucrats are so extremely efficient, have incentives to get every job done for the lowest possible price, and that they’re smarter, wiser, and more compassionate than we are, or I’d think they were a big waste of money. /sarcasm off.

    1. It’s high time to pull the plug, Pat. Every time a new regulation is written the bureaucracy has to grow in order to administer and enforce the new regulation. They are self perpetuating.

  5. You could abolish 99% of all these federal agencies & nobody’d ever miss ’em except the bureaucrats that run ’em & the people that collect a paycheck from ’em.

    1. So right. Most of the government workers are stealing from us on top of their big pay checks. NM has fired policemen and appointed officials for their theift.

  6. This all reminds of me of one chilling and very relevant passage from the Declaration of Independence:

    “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance”

  7. Well, we do have to realize that the Amish are far more dangerous than the Taliban. Sorry, this situation is so asinine that all I have is sarcasm.

    BTW, by “liquidating” their equipment, does that mean to kill the bunnies? If so, where it PETA?

  8. I don’t think this is for us per se, although we will suffer the transition. This is for the “new America,” the crush of immigrants that will make up the majority in this country in the next 30-50 years. These thugs-and those that will replace them want a stranglehold on society. 50 states, full of balkanized communities will be chaos. They’re dealing with that problem right now.

  9. These governemnt agencies are usurping more and more powers; the DHS and ICE are going after website that share pirated movies and song, how is that a national security or immigration issue? Every agency under Obama seems to be growing in power and responsibility and we had better be paying attention or all of our freedoms will be gone.

  10. Found this this morning:
    Black Boxes for Vehicles To Be Compulsory by Next Month
    Lew Rockwell.com
    I hadn’t heard that it was going to be mandatory for all cars! I had heard that is was going to be required for all new cars, but if they are going to require it in all cars currently on the road, how are they going to accomplish this? If you are stopped and your vehicle does not have one, what are the consequences? I couldn’t find any information on that. If anyone knows anything else, I would appreciate the information.

  11. Some people, including my ancestors, tried to tell people back in the days of FDR and the government bureaucracy that he created that the day would come when that bureaucracy controlled our lives instead of “merely” providing opportunities for employment.

    We are now reaping the oppressive legacy of FDR — with no end in sight.

  12. The EPA, FDA and TSA are ruining our country, demand they be fired now. This is supposed to be a free country! They are killing us.

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