Nov 19, 2009
Last week, I attended the annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. I have been attending these meetings for more than 20 years. Some years, the big issue is the farm bill or trade, but not this year. This year, I was surprised to witness the almost universal anger and disenchantment with the leadership in Washington, D.C.
I don’t care if you talk about healthcare legislation, cap and trade or regulations, heartland America is not happy with what is going on. They think the government is spending way too much money. This doesn’t sit well with citizens that know they can’t spend so much money because they don’t have it now. They have cut their spending which makes sense when times are tough. However, their elected government officials either print more money or borrow it from China and spend it. American taxpayers believe that Washington squanders half of every tax dollar. They are convinced that the healthcare overhaul will cost a ton of money that we don’t have. Cap and trade legislation will result in more taxes and do nothing to help our planet.
Government regulators can’t wait to promulgate new regulations. I quote this from the Washington Post: “Regulators display a passion for rules and a belief that government must protect the public from dangers lurking at home and on the job.”
Now, the EPA claims to have the power to regulate what we grow and where we grow it on our farms. That scares farmers to death. Everywhere you look, this government is reaching to regulate something else. The FDA wanted to ban the sale of raw oysters from the gulf during warm weather. Critics were able to force FDA to back off. Just today, I see in the paper that the U.S. Department of Transportation wants to take over the regulation of subways and light rail systems.
The level of government activism brings true meaning to a statement made by President Reagan. He said, “Big government has a plan – if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
We need to reverse the Nanny State power grab.
Until next week, I am John Block from Washington, D.C.