Thursday, March 09, 2006
Giuseppe Abote writes:
Here's this House bill that will remove warning labels from food. Warnings about stuff like arsenic in bottled water. Individual states had required the warnings, but now they'll be barred from doing so.
"'This bill is going to overturn 200 state laws that protect our food supply,' said Rep. Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif. 'Why are we doing that? What's wrong with our system of federalism?'"
It is understandable, and almost reassuring in a strange way, to see members of Congress screwing the consumer in order to save businesses five cents in package design.
But wait, here's Rep. Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, explaining WHY he voted for the bill.
"'We ought to do it in all 50 states,' said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. 'Chicken grown in Louisiana is going to end up on a plate in Michigan.'
"Rogers mentioned a warning [required in] his own state about allergy-causing sulfites: 'If they're bad for Michigan citizens, I think they're bad in all of the other 49 states,' he said."
Right, of course: sulfites are so dangerous that we've got to warn everyone about them, right away, in all 50 states. And so, naturally, the only way to do that is to pass a law forbidding ANYONE in ANY STATE from mandating such a warning label. Thanks for clearing that up, Mike Rogers!
It must take a lot of work to be that retarded.