Crying Over Spilled Milk

Got home just in time last night to hear President Obama mention diary farmers in his State of the Union speech:

“There is no question that some regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or too costly. In fact, I’ve approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his. I’ve ordered every federal agency to eliminate rules that don’t make sense. We’ve already announced over 500 reforms, and just a fraction of them will save business and citizens more than $10 billion over the next five years. We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill— because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.

I’m confident a farmer can contain a milk spill without a federal agency looking over his shoulder. But I will not back down from making sure an oil company can contain the kind of oil spill we saw in the gulf two years ago. I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury pollution, or making sure that our food is safe and our water is clean. I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny you coverage, or charge women differently from men.”

I was happy to hear him talk about milk, farmers and regulation all in the same paragraph and make a joke to boot.   Sensible regulation.  Making sure, like the Republican Abraham Lincoln, “(t)hat Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.”  But my favorite part was when the cameras scanned the audience and showed Republicrats obviously uncertain about whether or not to stand and applaud for a Lincoln quote.  Come on guys!!!  Just because your “marching orders” were not to stand up at all last night and to only applaud politely when it was absolutely unavoidable doesn’t mean you can’t use your heads.  You have to stand and applaud a quote from one of your own superstars, Lincoln, how brain-dead-over-toilet-trained-afraid-of-your-own-nutcase-base are you????  

Maybe Obama is in favor of raw milk like Ron Paul.  If you look beyond his total wing-nuttedness about most things, Ron Paul does occasionally make a good point.   At a campaign stop New Hampshire in December he said:  “I’m all for raw milk,” the GOP presidential candidate said. “I think you should make your own choice on whether you drink raw milk or not.”  Maybe he’s our candidate, maybe we should get behind him for President.  Naaaah! Just Kidding!!!

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