When, oh when can we find a leader to head our country? One that understands our strengths, our opportunities, our freedoms? Yes sir, it's been a lot of years since we had one, and consequently we are in a jam worldwide today.
We have leadership now that talks down our country, our monetary practices, our Constitution, and yes, even our freedoms. Every time Russian Premier Putin talks, our president and Secretary of State get the shivers and back up. They don't want to stand up to him at all. It's unbelievable that this can happen to a country so vibrant and strong as the United States of America.
I don't know why we keep playing the game that we are. We are not proud of the American dollar, which is the strongest monetary issue in the world. We're much stronger than the Russian ruble, the German mark, the Chinese renmenbi, the European Union's euro, and the British pound. Foreign countries will give room to the United States of America because of our power. Money is power. It always has been because, if you have enough money, you can raise a strong military... on the ground, in the air, on the sea. Right now we're at a low ebb for our military people on the ground, and we're the lowest in history since World War I with our power on the sea.
House of Reps approves anti-WOTUS bill...
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 5078 (Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Act of 2014) in a 262:152 vote. Supporters say the bill could halt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s proposed "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) proposed regulations. Bill sponsor Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) said the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' actions with the proposed regulations are the "definition of regulatory creep." The proposed rule, says Southerland, expands federal jurisdiction over waters adjacent to wetlands, not just to navigable waters, and facilitates a "capture of private property using the Clean Water Act," opening the door for eminent domain. Southerland also warned that the proposed rule could eliminate states' rights to regulate waters within their boundaries.
Another American tradition under fire...
By Erika Bentsen
Just in case there were any complaints that the federal government didn't care about its citizens, on August 29, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released recommendations for campers making s'mores. For those who didn't know there were federal recommendations for s'mores, here's a hint: do NOT use chocolate, graham crackers, or individual marshmallows because they are BAD for your health. Apparently this caring government agency assumes all of its campers are clinically obese.
In reality, there is no willingness from key players...
By Leesa Zalesky
On September 6, the National Farmers Union (NFU) board of directors voted to withdraw from the three year-old beef checkoff enhancement working group, effective immediately. NFU President Roger Johnson minced no words: "After three years of pushing for real reforms in the beef checkoff program, NFU has decided that the process has become a bridge to nowhere and a waste of time and resources. The working group was designed to bring together vested parties from across the beef industry and to attempt to reach a consensus on substantial reforms that would make the checkoff a stronger, more effective tool for the beef industry. Sadly, it has become clear that, in reality, there is no willingness from key players within the group to allow real reforms to take place."
by Erika Bentsen
Bill to halt EPA overreach applauded by MFB...
H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, was passed the House. A September 9 Montana Farm Bureau (MFB) release applauded this attempt to halt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) proposed changes to the "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. "Since the EPA first proposed their WOTUS Rule, Farm Bureau has strongly opposed this overreach," noted MFB's Director of National Affairs Nicole Rolf. "When Congress implemented the Clean Water Act in 1972, they intentionally set up a system of cooperative federalism, giving the federal agencies jurisdiction over interstate and navigable streams, but specifically leaving management of other waters to the states." Twice the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Congress regarding the states' authority to manage water, yet the EPA continues to attempt to gain increased control over all water. The EPA's proposed rule would expand federal jurisdiction over water currently managed by states and even ephemeral streams and land where water only collects for short periods of time. This would potentially subject farmers and ranchers to unnecessary federal permitting just to carry out day-to-day operations," said Rolf.
NCBA, AMI, et al., file petition for rehearing in COOL lawsuit
By Leesa Zalesky
On September 12, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), American Meat Institute (AMI), and seven other plaintiffs in the lawsuit attempting to block the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit requesting a rehearing of their case. On July 29, the Appellate Court issued an "en banc" decision rejecting the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction based on their claim that COOL violates free speech. The en banc decision followed a three-judge appellate panel decision denying the plaintiffs' appeal of a lower court's rejection of their motion for a preliminary injunction. The three-judge panel, however, suggested that the free speech issue was worthy of being heard by the full appellate court (en banc), of which a majority of the judges also rejected the plaintiffs' arguments and reinstated the judgment of the three-judge panel rejecting the appeal.