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… I Agree — You should Show IDs for Food Stamp use [#US House]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,November 27th,2016

.. it seems that the guts that Maine Governor Paul LePage has showed is spreading down to Washington , D.C. …

.. somehow , LePage was re – elected Governor of Maine . He was elected in the first place in a four – way race . Now , he was re – elected in a three – way race . Part of that is the guts and leadership that LePage has showed on issues such as this one — IDs for food stamp use ..

.. [h/t — TomFernandezBlog.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. the relevant Fed law and Department of Agriculture regs allow it . However , the ObamaCraps keep waiving the requirements to do so . LePage has dropped the hammer in Maine to enforce the requirement ….

.. Hell , you have to show I.D. [several times] to get any kind of public benefits , for God ‘ s Sake . People do have that kind of I.D. . So , what is the damn problem ? …

.. politics and philosophy , what else , especially with the ObamaCraps . They just do not want it , period …

— Note — I am on Medicaid . Before now , I had the choice to choose to want Medicaid . Now , with ObamaCrapCare , you get it whether you like it or not [if you are at a certain income threshold , or below] . That I hate ….

.. I have had to show ID . Lots of times . I still have my driver ‘ s license , at least for another year and a half . Ditto for my U.S. Passport . I also have my public transit Paratransit I.D. , whcich is also acceptable  as a form of Id …

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… An Ideal Target for Reform : School Lunches ? [#FLOTUS]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,October 16th,2016

.. yes , school lunches ..

.. given the building chaos and revolt in school districts around the nation , it is an idea whose time has definitely come and is ripe …

.. FLOTUS ‘ ” Healthy Kids ” initiative [and the legislation that came with it] has turned our school lunch system in our public school districts upside down . Districts are considering doing the unthinkable : bailing out of the federal school lunch program , and setting up their own system . But Why ?? …

.. [h/t — HotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news …

.. the free food from the Department of Agriculture is nice , but …… . The rules and regulations that accompany the federal school lunch program are now far more expensive than they are worth . Kids are just not getting a decent meal [either at breakfast , or at lunch] . Enormous amounts of food are going to waste . The programs are just far too expensive , and are not worth their while …

.. so , go after them . Reset most of it back to the way it used to be . Take volumes of testimony about how it can be done better . Also , question districts that have bailed out , one simple question : Why ? ….

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… Students pay $$ for this ?? [#thanksMichelleObama]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 21st,2016

.. I thus add my own voice to those of the students …

.. to think young people [even little kids] are getting lunches like the one pictured below …

thanks michelle obama

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]…
.. [link] to the blog news …

.. Michelle & Company think that something like this piece of crap is a ” healthy lunch ? ” …. You have to be kidding ? …

.. if you are going to feed kids , feed them , or let them bring their own bag lunches . Somehow , given the pittance that these kids get in school , and what they have found out , I have to think that mothers nationwide are furious about this . Feeding their kids this little , for what they are charged , is the height of outrageous ….

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… Those New School Lunch Rules are an Obscene Joke …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 1st,2016

.. nice going , Michelle Obama & Company ..

.. you dummies really [f-ed] up on this one …

.. [h/t — EAGNews.org]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. if you are going to design new rules for the school lunch room …. think …

.. it helps if you dummies actually think of rules that will design foods that will appeal to kids …. and not be targets for the damn trashcan …..

.. duhh !!!! …

.. school districts are losing boatloads of money , because kids do not like what is being served . The kids are boycotting the lunchrooms altogether , or doing something old fashioned …. bringing their lunch from home ….

.. the regs are onerous and expensive , and in many cases are not worth it to the school districts . So , the school districts are taking action . They are doing something that would once have been unthinkable …. they are leaving the school lunch program [with the freebies from the Department of Agriculture] , and are going out on their own ….

.. how original ! … thinking like a business , and catering to the likes and dislikes of their customers …. how quaint …

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… A Major Victory for Property Rights [#US Supreme Court][#Horne v Dept of Ag]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 29th,2015

.. what came up at the US Supreme Court recently in Horne v. Department of Agriculture …

.. The Horne family is one of raisin growers . Many of our agricultural products have been subject to what are called ” marketing orders ” since the Depression – era programs of the late 1930s . What they do is ” take ” a portion of the grower ‘ s product , and use it to ” stabilize ” the market ..

.. what has never been quite established is that these ” marketing orders ” are takings under our US Constitution under the Fifth Amendment . Yes , the Fifth Amendment , remember the second clause ..

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog posting ..

.. what the Supreme Court decided [and , as usual , the media butchered] is that yes , these marketing orders are a taking ..

.. Carrie Severino of National Review puts it better ..

The Court had to address three questions to decide whether this constituted a taking, and on this question, eight justices were in agreement.

First, it determined whether the Constitution’s Takings Clause, the text of which simply addresses “private property,” covers only real estate, or whether it also covers personal property (like the raisins in this case). The Court rightly held that the words “private property” are broad enough to cover property in general, so “the Government has a categorical duty to pay just compensation when it takes your car, just as when it takes your home.” This reading is particularly sensible in light of history, including Revolutionary War-era appropriations of personal property that angered the colonists and likely inspired the constitutional protections. The Chief even cited the understanding of property in the Magna Carta, which just last week celebrated its 800th birthday.

The second question for the Court was whether a contingent residual interest in the property was enough to compensate growers for the taking. In this case, after the raisins were disposed of (in various noncompetitive markets or even given away), growers were paid their share of any net proceeds – often less than the cost of producing the crop or nothing at all. The Court held that the speculative possibility of a payment at a later date was not sufficient to save the scheme. Law students will recall that even forcible installation of a cable box on a rooftop constitutes a taking due (presumably small) compensation. In light of that precedent, it’s hard to see why losing control over how one’s crop is used wouldn’t be a taking. Under the USDA’s program, the government takes title to (full legal ownership of) the raisins and has the right to dispose of them however it wants. Any residual funds paid to growers would simply be accounted to the “just compensation” due for such a taking.

It’s significant that the physical taking of the raisins was key to the Court’s result on both these questions. While many have decried the burden that purely regulatory takings place on the economy, the Court’s decision explicitly distinguishes this case from that sort of taking. So the answer may have come out differently if, for example, growers were simply limited in the ways they could use their raisins rather than having their raisins physically “appropriated” from them and title given to the government. That case will have to wait for another term.

The third question considered by the Court was whether the raisin-confiscation scheme was still a taking despite the fact that it was a “condition on permission to engage in commerce.” The government was arguing, in effect, that the raisin growers opted into this scheme voluntarily in exchange for being allowed to sell their crop at all. But Chief Justice Roberts wrote that saying “let them sell wine” (the vintner’s equivalent of “let them eat cake”) is cold comfort and anyway outside the government’s authority. While the government can require compliance with safety regulations for sellers of pesticides,

Selling produce in interstate commerce, although certainly subject to reasonable government regulation, is . . . not a special governmental benefit that the Government may hold hostage, to be ransomed by the waiver of constitutional protection.

As the Chief put it, “[r]aisins are not dangerous pesticides; they are a healthy snack.” And selling normal agricultural products shouldn’t require farmers to go to the government with hat in hand.

But even a wine cellar can’t reach the chilling effects of the government‘s asserted entitlement to control of the growers’ property. While the government had the good sense not to endorse the Ninth Circuit’s attempts to limit the Fifth Amendment to protecting real property, it showed little respect for property owners. Its arguments suggested that Americans should have to ask permission from their benevolent overlords to be allowed to enter the marketplace at all. The government argued that being allowed to “keep the change” after a third party disposed of nearly half the annual crop was equivalent to retaining full ownership of the literal fruit of one’s labors.

The 5-4 section of the opinion dealt with whether the Hornes had received just compensation for their raisins. The Chief held that the value of the grapes had already been established by the government itself when it assessed a nearly half-million dollar fine on the Hornes as the value of the grapes they refused to release to federal agents. The case was thus neatly resolved by simply canceling out the fine imposed by the government.

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… Schools Ban … Brownies [#Vermont]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 22nd,2014

.. in Vermont , they have done exactly that …

.. they now sell fruit kebabs , kale , and lemon bars as school fundraisers and snacks … not any of the good stuff …

.. [h/t — EAGNews.org]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. these are schools trying to comply with the new school rules and law that were implemented several years ago under the ObamaCraps … now an entire state has banned brownies …

.. for cryin ‘ out loud … what is the use of having fundraisers if you cannot sell the ” good stuff … “

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… So , What is the Next Regulatory Target [for the ObamaCraps?] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 16th,2014

.. cow farts …

.. yea , something that comes in (and out) naturally …

.. [h/t — HotAir]..
.. [link] to the article …

.. yes , you read it right . The ObamaCrap dummies want to regulate methane emissions … and guess who is the biggest source thereof ?? …

.. you got it ! … cows ! .. no , not natural gas production , not even fracking , but the natural occurence of the digestive process of cows [cow farts] … yummy !! …

.. and those idiots actually want to try to regulate it . Believe it or not ….

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… the National School Lunch Program is …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,April 15th,2014

.. a disaster beyond words ..

.. the First Lady [yea , Michelle Obama] wants kids to eat healthier . O.K. , but do their menus in a healthier way …

.. if you think that feeding kids greens , salads , and other stuff that they do not want will work , forget it . The kids are many things , but they are not stupid ..

.. these kids are raised in the Age of the Internet . They grow up with Social Media . If you think that they are going to take this crappy excuse for food lying down , forget it . They will find their own imaginative ways to not just get mad , but also to get even …

.. [h/t — Reason]..
.. [link] to the article ..

.. in this case , these high school kids are imaginative , humourous , and inventive . Take a look at their music video ; it is good , and it is worth a few laughts …

.. [h/t — YouTube]..
.. [link] to the video ..

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