Bush Takes a Firm Stand Against Protecting Americans

The Decider has made his decidening:

The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease.

Thank Christ! For a moment, I thought we might have some good news about our disgusting, contaminated, steroid-riddled, pesticide-rife, genetically-modified, and otherwise putrid and frightening food supply. That was a close one!

A beef producer in the western state of Kansas, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, wants to test all of its cows.

Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone should test its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive tests on their larger herds as well.

The Agriculture Department regulates the test and argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.

Know what else will harm the meat industry? When all the cows are dead from mad cow disease.

Or, ya know, all the people.

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10 responses to “Bush Takes a Firm Stand Against Protecting Americans

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  2. Kate217

    My eyes just did one of those cartoon “boiiiinnnng!!!!” moves where they pop about two feet in front of my face. I am speechless…

  3. Jay in Oregon

    What about that “free market” that rightwingers are always whinging about?

    I mean, if one meatpacker wants to voluntarily have their meat tested so they can compete in the market by being able to say “our cows are Mad Cow free”, why does the government get to force them not to?

    Why do the other meatpackers get to have Teh State(tm) interfere on their behalf?

  4. Jay in Oregon

    And to answer Kathy’s rhetorical statement:

    There’s no gigazillions of dollars for the military-industrial complex in securing the food industry.

    Now, if you could develop a series of satellites that can detect bovine spongiform disease from orbit at $20 billion a pop, now we’re talking…

  5. JoshNC

    I had the same thought as Jay. If one company wants to test their cows voluntarily, why does the government have any say in the matter. To me it is similar to having free range chickens or organic beef, one company decides to do something and possibly there is a higher price for their product but no other company has to follow suit. It is all part of the free market that the rightwingers are so gung ho about when it suits their needs.

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  7. I’m just wondering if anyone knows whether the US has lifted its’ embargo on Canadian beef because a couple of their animals had mad cow? Becuase the irony of americans prohibiting others from selling their beef in the states because it hasn’t been tested enough and might have mad cow vs. not allowing their beef producers to test their animals enough to allow them to be exported to foreign nations with more stringent standards and they’re worried that they might have mad cow is making my head hurt…

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