[Market-farming] NAIS or making an omlette with rotten eggs

Brigette Leach avalonfarmshomegrown at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 2 23:15:05 EST 2006

Know what Leigh, I do read the papers, although I have always questioned 
what is in print and what is on the Internet even more. Having been 
interviewed a great deal, misquoted more than once, and involved in 
events that I didn't recognize after the news media got done with them, 
I know that what is published can be inaccurate, manipulated, misguided, 
etc. And I study issues, and I am open minded enough to know that there 
is always more than one point of view to any issue. And I have worked as 
a volunteer advocate for agriculture for more than 30 years. I have also 
made my living from production agriculture for more than 30 years. I 
know producers of every size, those utilizing every practice, and 
raising virtually every commodity, except maybe hops. I have spent many 
hours discussing issues with people of all persuasions and positions. 
I've spent a great deal of time at our state capitol. But in all the 
time I've spent in Washington DC I must have missed out on everything 
that goes on. Do you spend a great deal of time there?

In one of the earlier messages, some one made comment about the "big 
guys" having time to go to DC. The reality of it is that they don't 
_have_ the time, rather they _make_ the time. It is clear that many of 
you on the list feel strongly about the issue. How many of you have 
actually communicated your position in a credible manner to the "crooks" 
in DC? Sounding off on the list is one thing, making your case to 
decision makers is quite a different matter. Doing so requires accepting 
some level of responsibility for your position. You know that old saying 
about the world being run by those who show up?

My earlier comments relate to livestock diseases. If you are implying 
that I'm the one living in an alternative universe.

Leigh Hauter wrote:

>Anyone that thinks NAIS will have anything much to do with public 
>health has pretty much been living in an alternative universe for the 
>past several decades (at least) and especially for the past several 
>This last congress was the laziest congress on record, taking a month 
>more vacation time than the previous record setter  (I think the 
>congress of 1948).  Of the 11 funding bills that need to be passed 
>this year for the government to work only something like 2 or maybe 3 
>were completed.  The rest we can expect during the lame duck session 
>when no one can do anything about it.
>As to what does into the legislation, several studies this year have 
>shown a direct quid pro quo between 'donations'  (read bribes) and 
>line items on bills.  As it, I want a line in a bill, let's say NAIS 
>and I'm a chip manufacturer, there is probably a rising scale for how 
>much of the business I get related to how much I give.  This is the 
>Unlike ever before, bills are all being done behind closed doors 
>(don't think that stuff you see on C-Span has much relationship to 
>anything) mostly by the senior majority party members.
>Almost always now,  bills are written by specific industry lobbyist. 
>Again, the more donated, the more of the bill a particular industry 
>gets to write.  What do you think the Abramoff affair, or the K 
>Street project is all about?
>So, back to NAIS,  people that watch DC do not think a NAIS bill is 
>going to pass this year.  Reason why?  Not enough money has been 
>raised out of the specific industry lobbiest yet.  In other words, a 
>bill like NAIS should make a number of important congresspeople a lot 
>of money.  So far, it hasn't.  Once the bribes, I mean donations, get 
>high enough then you will see legislation.  Again, this will be 
>legislation written in private, written no doubt by the highest 
>So, again, anyone that thinks this legislation is going to be written 
>in the public interest, in the interest of fighting whatever disease, 
>wake up and read the papers.
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