By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

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:

"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

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

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

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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