|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Yet again our children have been betreayed
Something terrible happened yesterday (June 27, 2003), and the children never really did have a chance. The school children are being betrayed again. Nobody's voice is there to protect their health interests, for there are too many dollars being dangled in front of the all-powerful adults who enact new laws according to the "golden" rule. He who has the gold, rules. In 1996, the American Farm Bureau Federation bestowed upon Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the Golden Plow award in recognition of his support of Farm Bureau policies and philosophies during his term. During the 1996 election cycle, McConnell raised $371,683 from agricultural interest groups for his own reelection campaign. Throughout his Senate career, McConnell has raised many millions of dollars from and for dairy groups, and is today one of the most powerful men in the Senate. After bribing members of Congress to introduce a new bill (with pockets full of PAC money), the dairy industry could not hold back their euphoria by issuing this press release on the P.R. Newswire at 10:38 AM on Friday, 6/27/03: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030627/dcf008_1.html "Dairy Industry Applauds Senate Introduction Of the Child Nutrition Improvement Act" Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is the bill's (S.1367) original sponsor. Accepting the dairy industry's phony research and lies, the bill responds to concerns ranging from low calcium consumption to America's very real obesity epidemic among children, blaming both on insufficient dairy consumption. Quite the opposite is true. In July of 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood (Volume 83:1) reported: "From 1965 to 1996, a considerable shift in the adolescent diet occurred...increases occurred in the consumption of higher fat potatoes and mixed dishes (pizza, macaroni cheese)... These trends, far greater than for US adults, may compromise health of the future US population." Soon, the children will be eating more high calorie fat and cholesterol-filled dairy products containing growth hormones. In addition to new taxpayer-financed promotions, the bill provides incentives to schools for increased milk consumption. By implementing new methods of brainwashing to induce kids to drink more milk, schools will receive increased meal reimbursement rebates from their dairy- friendly government. The new bill also establishes a grant program by which the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) gives funding to schools promoting the increased consumption of dairy products during breakfast and lunch periods. Let's take a close look at the bill's sponsor, Senator Mitch McConnell. During the 2000 election cycle, Senator McConnell set a record for the amount of "soft" money that was raised for the Republican party, $20 million! It is no coincidence that the Senator's reward for having worked so hard for George Bush was to have his wife named America's Secretary of Labor. Senator McConnell is married to George Bush's Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao. Say Ciao to the health of America's children. It is also no coincidence that one of her agendas as Labor Secretary has been to work hard to promote the dairy industry. Soft money means hard results. Senator McConnell ardently opposes campaign finance reform, for he knows that the best cash business in America is politics. In 2001, he sponsored Senate Bill 333 which offered billions of dollars of future tax relief for farmers. He fought for repeal of the farm estate tax. All other Americans are heavily taxed when the assets from one generation pass on to a younger generation. McConnell's philosophy excludes dairy farmers from paying taxes on the gain from the sale of farmland. I don't get it. If they're selling out their farms, how does that preserve farms? The most amazing part of that bill allowed for a tax-free capital gain of up to $500,000 for these already over- subsidized farmers. This is pure cow fertilizer. So is the new dairy bill which rewards schools for promoting increased consumption of dairy products to children in school lunchrooms.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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