Friday, February 20, 2009

The perfect solution to the financial AND energy crisis

I came across this article; Farmers Relax (a Little) After Cow Tax Scare
By Kate Galbraith
,of how the scare about taxing cattle has abated, at least for now. We don't currently have any cattle but, I suppose if they proposed such an absurd thing for cattle, sheep would have to be included as well.

According to this article,
Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ it sounds like there was quite an uproar coming from farmers and rightfully so. The idea of taxing cows for the methane they produce is one of the stupidest things I've heard. Pretty much just as dumb as the whole NAIS (National Animal Identifiation System) thing. See and Only the NAIS is actually being implemented. That's a whole different subject!

When I first saw the story about the "cow tax". I was outraged. It seems the government is bound and determined to run every small farmer out of business. I saw a comment below one of the articles that said something like this, "they should put a hot air tax on all the politicians". I thought, "YES, that is exactly what they should do!!!"

But the more I think about it, the more I like the idea! Especially with all this financial crisis currently going on. This is the perfect solution! Tax all the hot air that comes from every state capital and from D.C. (don't forget to include the U.N. headquarters in New York) then America's and the worlds financial problems will be over!

BUT, don't stop there! The next step is to HARNESS all that hot air. Yes, harness it! Then ALL of our energy needs will be met, as well. Surely there is way more GHG's (green house gases) coming from law makers and politicians than from COWS anyway! We'd kill two birds with one stone. We'd save the planet and solve the energy crisis all at once!

Until Next Time


Blogger Michelle Therese said...

A tax on cow farts?! That's insane!! And folk actually take these nutjobs seriously! That's the worst part!

~Michelle, farmer's wife

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info... Nice to know someone out there is reporting the truth...

12:57 PM  
Blogger RL said...

Seems pretty insane to me too.

Thanks for the comments.

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I just came upon your blog this morning, and thought that I would let you know that the animal id is strictly voluntary.You don't have to sign up in fact they want to shut down the operation because they aren't getting anywhere.

-a farmers wife in NY-

7:18 AM  
Blogger RL said...

Hello Farmers wife in NY,

I just noticed your comment today on March 16.
I'm glad to hear that it is voluntary where you live but, in Wisconsin where I live it is mandatory.

Wisconsin has been at the forefront of this program for a number of years now. It starts with premises registration. Which is what we have here in Wisconsin right now. That's the first step in a 3 phase plan. The final phase is the absolute tracking of every single animal be it a chicken, horse, cow, sheep, or goat from “cradle to grave” you might say. The way I understand it, under this final phase, every movement of the animal must be reported to the government. If it dies, wonders off or is butchered or sold we’ll have to file a report. Some kind of RFID tag is also supposed to be incorporated into this. Someone is going to have to pay for this totalitarian system and more than likely it will be the person who owns the animals.

This is a huge intrusion into the lives of people who want to keep animals for whatever reason they might choose. For us we want to raise our own food, does this mean I’ll have to let the government know every time I sit down to a chicken dinner??? If the NAIS continues unabated yes, that is exactly what I’ll have to do. It might be voluntary right now around most of the country, except of course in WI but, it will become mandatory nation wide if people don’t put their foot down.

Don’t be fooled into thinking just because it’s strictly voluntary that it is no longer an issue. There are many reports of people being tricked or coerced into “volunteering” for this system from all across the country.

The reason I’m so passionate about this is because I grew up thinking America was a free country. In a free country if a person wants to grow their own food and have their own back yard flock of chickens they shouldn’t have to send in a report every time they have a chicken dinner.

Right now here in WI, we are supposed to register our premises, even if we have only one goat, sheep, horse, etc. If this isn’t stopped before long it will be just like I described. If they are allowed to track ALL of the animals what’s next? Are they going to allow us to plant a garden without government interference? Perhaps someday they’ll make us take out a permit to plant a garden but, only with approved GMO seeds of course. Then we’ll have to report how much we grew, how much we ate or gave away. Of course I’m just talking hypothetically here. Taking it to it’s logical conclusion. Then what’s to stop them from tracking our every move? We’ll all be issued so many “carbon credits”. Got to manage all our human foot prints you know.

I’m afraid this is all heading toward total control. I’m saying all this because it’s good when people make a lot of noise about something. When they see something going in a bad direction. If people just sit down and say it’s only “voluntary”, one day we will wake up and find ourselves without any freedoms left at all. And we are fast heading in that direction right now.

And I know of one state were it's not voluntary, it is mandatory here in Wisconsin.

12:06 AM  

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