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Tuesday 03/12/13

Meat Inspector Furloughs Remain a Budget Battle
The Senate plan to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year spends just over $1 billion on the Food Safety and Inspection Service, but USDA indicates it would take another $52 million to avoid furloughing meat inspectors at the agency.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:09PM CDT 03/12/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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A friend of mine is employed with-in one of the governmental agencies. A comment from that individual was" When I first started with this agency, I spent 90% of my time in the field and 10% in the office. Now I spend 90% of my time doing paperwork in the office." Another friend is a school teacher in a special ed area. Her comment was," For every 20 minutes I spend in the classroom, I spend 40 minutes filling out reports and need to make and forward 8 copies of each." Mr. President, we have been sequestered 10% and are still here. Would you please exercise the executive pen and amend your 10% reduction plan to 20%, which may start denting the D.C. fiscal chaos. Thank you
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:50AM CDT 03/13/13
Strange that we ,The USA, can give a BILLION $ to Pakistan but not be able to afford meat inspectors for our people .
Posted by Dick Doriguzzi at 8:22AM CDT 03/13/13
How come the smartest man in the universe cant figure out how to dump some of the foolish junk we spend our money instead of essential service and the military. If he does not get his way he will make sure it will inconvience the most people possible. You really dont get much more petulent and petty than POTUS . If I acted like that I would be totally ashamed of myself.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 11:21AM CDT 03/13/13
Showing again the lack of leadership in the livestock sector. My state's soo called livestock association hasn't said a word about furlough's. How many arguements have there been about the catasrophic effect on crop insurance cuts?? Good for the grain guys at least they have someone in their pocket.
Posted by unknown writer at 6:29PM CDT 03/13/13
You are correct Gordon! Such foolish programs as medicare, WIC, food stamps need to be gone! I follow many markets and one is the art market which is a gauge of just how our billionaires can NOT stand for a tax hike,,,, just last year Munch's "The Scream" sold at Sotheby's for ONLY $125 million and luckily a billionaire in NY won it instead of an Arab or Asian so it stayed in NY, WHEW. Then you have Rothko's painting "No. 1" which sold more recently along with Pollock's "No. 5",,,, the Rothko only brought $75 million (thats $25 million a stripe) and the Pollock a measly $40 million. My point is that if give our billionaires higher taxes that these treasures can be lost to other countries and the walls of their mansions will be empty!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:56AM CDT 03/14/13
Jay I have been paying into Medicare, forcibly, for over 40 years now and don't understand people keep refering to it as "entitlement" when it should be viewed as purchased insurance. Maybe you mean Medicaid, where those that haven't paid anything in nor produce anything can get free care. And actually I am more concerned how the government spends the money they forcibly confiscate from my paycheck. The amount they pay ANNUALY for wild horse care out west would have the Rothko, something I feel is wrong.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:05AM CDT 03/14/13
Jay I have been paying into Medicare, forcibly, for over 40 years now and don't understand people keep refering to it as "entitlement" when it should be viewed as purchased insurance. Maybe you mean Medicaid, where those that haven't paid anything in nor produce anything can get free care. And actually I am more concerned how the government spends the money they forcibly confiscate from my paycheck. The amount they pay ANNUALY for wild horse care out west would have bought the Rothko, something I feel is wrong.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:08AM CDT 03/14/13
Jay what in the world are you talking about? I could not care less what the rich do with their money, it not for me to decide, it is not mine nor is it your money. I know what the dude in the scream is screaming about, he was trying to make sense of the insane diatribe of some stupid liberal democrat.
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 2:39PM CDT 03/14/13
Well Gordon the wealthy get plenty benefits from living here, more then the poor, they need to pay their share for those benefits. They buy art for tax breaks and to get their names eternally shrined in a museum for donating it. As for Craig saying the government forcibly confiscates his money,,,, there are places where there are no taxes or government,,,, Somalia is your place, no tax, no government and all the guns you want! I remember a slogan from the Vietnam era,,, said "America love it or leave it" ,,, remember that one? What ever happened to Christianity in this country which teaches giving to the poor, healing the sick, peace (how many rounds would Jesus allow?), give to Ceasar what is Ceasar's (pay your taxes) and that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of needle then a rich man getting into heaven? Have I missed something being a stupid liberal or do the conservatives just ignore the basic values of a religion they have claimed?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 6:33AM CDT 03/15/13
Thanks for again ignoring the most important of your own comment, Jay!!! GIVE to the poor. We are not, nor ever will be wealthy financially. However I despise the government taking under the guise of giving, and have little respect for those who think they are entitled to. We reserve the right and obligation of giving to whom or what! Without that freedom, the providers(taxpayers) this country are in trouble. You are as totally free to do what you like with what is yours but do not ever think you are entitled to what is ours. All the guns in Samolia will do you no good, just as they are not solving anything there, either.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 9:39AM CDT 03/15/13
Socialism Communism Collectivism have never succeded in making for a great country Europe ha spent 2 centuries proving that. The liberals want to be like that. NO THANKS ! I will keep my freedoms you can surrender yours for some trinket from your beloved gvt. count me out .
Posted by GORDON KEYES at 10:48AM CDT 03/15/13
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