Have any of you noticed the way Congress creates bill names which are the complete opposite of what the legislation will actually do?
Remember the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996? Removing Welfare recipients from the rolls and telling them to “Find a job” in the absence of relevant skills or training creates a permanent class of low-income citizens. How does that teach “personal responsibility,” or create wealth for families?
Read the lengthy details of the USA Patriot Act, and you’ll likely conclude that the bill is unpatriotic.
A few days ago, the House of Representatives’ passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act not only serves as another example of creative Congressional nomenclature, but this action also proves how modern democracy in America cares very little about your opinions or what you want for your family.
The bill, called the DARK Act by critics, prohibits any state-level effort to require the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Disclosures of whether or not foods are GMO-free will be voluntary, and those disclosure programs will be run by the federal government.
The bill will pre-empt the State of Vermont’s newly passed GMO labeling law.
Isn’t it amazing how some American legislators can consider the federal government’s involvement in alleged state-level voting rights abuses as “overreach,” but then pass federal laws to shove food down you and your family’s throats while blocking your right to know where those vittles came from?
The legislation is clearly a move to protect businesses like Monsanto and other GMO-pushing firms—at the expense of your body.
For the record, I’m not down with GMOs…
An ABC poll conducted in 2006 found that 93 percent of Americans wanted the federal government to require GMO labeling, and more than half didn’t think GMOs were safe.
A December 2014 Associated Press-Gfk poll found that two thirds of Americans want GMO labeling.
A NY Times poll conducted in January 2013 found that 93 percent of Americans support GMO labeling.
Americans’ desire for GMO labeling remain consistent over the years, regardless of political party affiliation.
But Congress passed the DARK Act by a near 2:1 margin?
Google the term “GMO,” and you’ll likely see Monsanto vel al. at the top of your search results with a “GMOs are good for you” pitch.
But given Americans’ views on GMOs, how many of you think these companies are dumb enough to write “You’re about to eat a genetically-modified product” on food labels?
Therefore, you will remain in the dark about what you’re eating, thanks to your sold-out Congress.
The next step is to see what President Obama and the Senate think about your right to know the foods you eat…
song currently stuck in my head: “mighty high (1975 disco purrfection version)” – mighty clouds of joy