I am totally befuddeled by people...when given a choice between freedom and chains they inevitably tend to choose chains! The government has shown time and time again how incompetent it is but people continue to fall back on this "safety net". We are currently discussing whether Paul Ryan should be the next speaker of the House and I heard a pundit say "Well we were going to elect him as Vice-President just a few short years ago so why question him holding this position now?". Maybe because we have more choices now or just maybe we learned a thing or two since the last round. This vote is set to take place October 29, 2015. Our Representative Cynthia Lummis is in the Freedom Caucus contact her and ask her to please vote for Daniel Webster so we can restore order and allow our voices to be heard again.
If you are outside the State of Wyoming find out who your Representative is and contact them. I just wonder where the Constitution that supposedly governs us is in this debate?
Well this is old news now! I didn't get this post published and it didn't do much good to contact most of the Representatives anyway! Thanks to those who took the time to be heard. Now all we can hope for is they will honor the process going forward but, my faith in that is pretty slim.
The issue I am very concerned with currently is the passage of HB 1599. It is also referred to as the "Dark Act", if you are unfamiliar it would behove everyone to be informed about it. This is also tied to the TPPA(Trans-Pacific Partner Agreement). Either choice on this bill is a false one as far as I am concerned but a NO vote preserves states rights at least. This bill has already passed the House and is headed to the Senate. Essentially we are given the choice to have mandatory GMO labeling enforced by the FDA and the USDA which is the overseerer of the Non-GMO label currently. This act would also negate any state bills currently passed like the one in Vermont banning GMO's. I want tranparency and believe we have the right to know but I am concerned the same game will be played with these labels as was the case with the COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING (COOL). The lobbyist get in there and manipulate and we the consumers lose.
I am also unsure if our own Food Freedom Act passed last year here in the State of Wyoming would survive. It's an issue of sovereignty worth examining. We can make huge impacts on our local communities and states by taking small steps and examining what is going on where we live.
In researching for this post I found that the USDA currently has 35 agencies it oversees. I have found several that I know of operating in Sundance, Wyoming at the present time. We have a Farm Services Agency, a NRCS Office, Conservation Office, Weed and Pest, an Extension Office, WIC Office and a Forest Service Office. The school also has a FFA Chapter. There are probably more I am unaware of. Sundance is a community of just under 1200 people, we need this many agencies? Really? There are great people I know working in these agencies but I ask what are they all doing? I know these agencies are supposed to be overseeing government agricultural programs paid for by our tax dollars but the visibility is invisible! We don't have a community garden for starters and no interagency cooperation or long term viable vision or mission statement is being developed that I can find or am aware of and the amount of poverty is astounding.
Our county Extention Agent did teach a Master Gardener Class last year but he has since resigned and moved away. My son as a 4-H member representative and I attended a round table discussion along with other agency representatives a couple years ago. This was sponsored by the University of Wyoming Extension Service to address the issues facing our community but nothing came of it. I would just love to see my tax dollars in action, something other than signs saying "This project paid for by stimulas dollars".
The best place national podium I have found to sign a petition and have my voice heard on the issues concerning our freedom to choose what we eat and other agriculture related issues is at the
Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund Web site.
Please take a few minutes and sign the petition opposing HB 1599 (DARK Act) at farmtoconsumer.org if you are outside of Wyoming or go to the Wyoming Food Freedom Web site wyomingfoodfreedom.com and sign their petition. Everyone should take the time because we all eat! Food, it's kind of important! Next week I will address the PRIME Act.