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?