Posted by: Joshua Gross | January 7, 2009

EPA proposes federal livestock tax?

News this week that the Environmental Protection Agency, in its usual tizzy over thoroughly discredited global warming hysteria, has proposed a revolutionary new tool in the fight against a problem that doesn’t exist.
Because, y’know, it’s not like we’re in a recession or anything.
Nothing like taxing the food off of the table of the poor to make the economy go hummmmm.
In its worse-than-usual brilliance, the EPA is suggesting a $175 tax on cows, an $87.50 tax on bulls, and a $20 tax on hogs.  (Say, is it sexist to tax female bovines at twice the price?  I’d call them sexist pigs, but the pigs got taxed, too. But I digress…)
If that’s not enough, the EPA wants to force Title V (Clean Air Act) licensing on any farm with more than, say, 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle, or 200 hogs.  If this goes through, say goodbye to the family farm.  We’ll all be buying our beef from Brazil and Argentina.  You think hormonal milk is bad now – how do you propose to control that if we’re importing it all?
The good news is that the government is hardly unified on this point.  The Department of Agriculture warned the EPA about the licensing provisions and the costs involved to consumers and farmers, and the Farm Bureaus seem to be awakened to the danger.
Still, the idiot bureaucrats responsible for this one need to be fired, and within the next ten days or so, before the next batch of global warming hysterists take charge of the agency. (For those of you who still believe the Bush Administration was “right-wing”, this should pretty well prove otherwise.  Again.)
For those of you who ask “what do you have against conservation” (a non-sequitur, by the way) in response to my dissection of the global warming agenda, a quick response.  I have nothing against conservation.  I believe personal responsibility extends to our usage of resources – and I try to live like it.  But, conservation has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the hoax that is global warming.  If you want to sell me on clean air or clean water or the beauty of Yosemite, do those things for their own sake, as I’ve argued previously.  When you link your cause to something that is so clearly and dramatically a fraud, you do yourself a disservice.

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