Did you just happen to get some of those little gritty things or some of that other stuff that might be in your food and shouldn’t have gotten into it at all? Did you unwittingly ingest some filth along with your food today because something might not have gotten a proper inspection somewhere in the food chain – - because there weren’t enough government food inspectors – - – because some right-winger got some critical budget cut way back somewhere?
As The Republican Sequester Grinds On, How Much More Of This Kind Of Stuff Will You Unknowingly Eat In The Days and Weeks Ahead?
My Dad used to tell me, “Don’t worry about what might be in that can of soup! Everybody knows that the government already allows a certain number of fly specks, insect parts and cow manure in the things that we buy from the store.”
Dad would take a draw on that ever-present cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth and throw me one of those “I know everything there is to know about everything worth knowing about” looks of his, snort a little and go on slurping the canned soup.
Daddy was a staunch, die-hard conservative Republican but he still had this kind of weird faith that “The Food and Drug Administration” is what makes sure the food we eat from a store is as free from harmful contaminants as it is humanly possible to make them. Daddy was like a lot of Repugs I know even today . . . he hated the idea of “Big Brother Government” but he seemed to dearly love the idea that the FDA was there to “per-teck” him from getting too much cow shit in his milk… among other things.
I have known for a long time that the food inspectors of the FDA were supposed to be the unseen and often unsung heroes and heroines who stood between me and what I always feared might be certain death from horrid invisible microbes and germs lurking in tainted food that I might buy unsuspectingly at some local grocery store. My Dad had always preached it and I had always accepted it at face value and never paid all that much attention as I went about devouring my daily bread with the greatest faith in that there “Gubmint” agency. (The one that was supposed to keep me from having to hire a food taster.)
Good old Daddy! If only he could have lived to see the day I find myself living in – - the day when it seems to me like some intransigents in the GOP are more interested in tearing the government to pieces so they can save a few billion dollars to fatten up their rich cronies with via more and bigger tax breaks and incentives than they are in making sure my family and I are not poisoning ourselves with food that has not been all that well inspected ( or which, for lack of agency funding hasn’t been inspected at all).
It isn’t any secret to me that the food inspection activity of the government has been curtailed severely already by GOP’s tenacious frenzy to whack budgets and cut, cut, cut! Now I hear it is about to get even worse because of this Republican Sequester that just popped on us. I hear reports saying that The Department of Agriculture is going to be faced with the possibility of having to cut an additional 2,100 food inspectors off the payroll which in my opinion is going to really sock some tough circumstances to as much as 80 percent of The U.S. food supply. Those in charge of insuring meat and poultry safety are reported to be facing a fiscal chopping block of their own and this is expected to pose some real serious problems for food safety in this nation of plenty we all live in.
I can’t wait for some radical right wing Obama hater to start preaching that the safety of our food is being threatened by the president – - and I am sure there are some addle-brained ( names I wish to call somebody but which are too nasty to print) on that side of the fence just waiting for the opportunity to start spreading that lie around.
As far as I am concerned, if we start having food safety problems because the GOP had been successful in getting the budgets of the FDA food inspectors slashed to the bare bones, then I hope some of them are the first to discover horse meat in their little can of chili. If that happens, I am sure something will get done immediately to get the food inspection service back up to par and running with an efficiency heretofore unimagined in the mind of Mankind.
If anybody out there who is reading this blog right now can show me with any real authoritative evidence how the GOP agenda of cutting and shutting is doing something positive to build a better future for America, I would dearly love to hear all the details about it.
Rash actions centered on budget concerns that cause any potential for any degree of threat to the national food supply does not stack up with me as very good governing policy – - in fact I see it as being extremely destructive and dangerous to this government, this nation and The American People – - and if it is any or all of the above, then it is, in my personal view, totally un-American and something ought to be done to put a stop to some of the madness before it really gets out of hand.
The elections of 2014 would be as good a place as any to start as far as I am concerned.
Posted by John at 1:26 PM