You win some, you lose some; small/local farmers and ranches are still locked in the bill’s cross-hairs, though, and much work remains while we still have time.
A quick update on what I wrote about yesterday in reference to this bill; this snippet from the Downsize DC organization:
Word comes that we’ve won another small victory in Congress
Thanks to public pressure, including lots of pressure from DC Downsizers, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), has been modified!
The idea was to start making your vitamins comply with international rules. We’ve dodged that bullet, but we can’t yet say that it’s a final victory . . .
* No one knows what will happen when the so-called food safety bill goes to conference committee
* And it’s still possible Senator McCain could revive his original vitamin bill
In addition, the Food Safety Bill itself WILL pass. It simply has too much support from corporate welfare interests, while we have too few members of the Downsize DC Army, and related groups, to fight against it. So, here’s where things are heading . . .
Our government is squeezing small businesses to extinction, by constantly erecting regulatory schemes with which only big companies can afford to comply.
In this case the victims are small family farms, but in other cases, like the recent new lead regulations, the victims were small toy makers, Mom and Pop retailers, and thrift stores. Remember . . .
Mattel was responsible for the scare over lead in toys, but Mattel was also in favor of the new regulations that resulted from Mattel’s mistake. Why? Because Mattel could afford to comply with the regulations, while many, small competing toy makers could not. Thus, thanks to government regulations, Mattel has benefited by thinning-out its competition. It’s wrong to profit from your own screw-up, and it takes a State (coercive, Big Government) to make such a thing happen.
This is increasingly what it means to live in The United States of Corporate Welfare . . .
* Small businesses get regulated out of existence
* The remaining businesses are too big to fail
* Big businesses know that they’re considered too big to fail, and so they feel free to take big risks that often result in big disasters
* The little guy then gets taxed to bail out the big guy, and
* More regulations are created that kill more little guys
Please go to the Downsize DC website, register (it’s free!), and join the fray. The local farmer and ranchers will appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. This isn’t the end of the fight.
*August 26, 2010 edit: S.510 has been revised since this the time of post, with the new version being a bit more palatable. See this for a concise rundown of the revisions.