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Budget-busting burgers: Beef,
chicken supply could be casualties
of Congress, Obama sequester fight

Washington Times, by By Seth McLaughlin & Stephen Dinan

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/16/2013 12:47:56 PM

If the spending sequesters happen, get ready for the great beef shortage of 2013. The Obama administration said Thursday that the across-the-board cuts would mean furloughs for food safety inspectors, and if those inspectors aren’t on the job, meat-processing plants can’t open. That means 2 billion pounds of beef and pork and potentially more than 3 billion pounds of poultry will never make it to the market, causing shortages and price spikes across the economy. “This is going to adversely affect every consumer in America,” said Sen. Mark L. Pryor, Arkansas Democrat.

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This is just shocking. It is horrific how much those in Washington and their appalling behavior impact us so negatively. I never would have dreamed the sequester fight would involve causing food prices to rise.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/16/2013 12:59:00 PM     (No. 9180204)

Obama´s scare tactics have started! Panic the people and get your way, right, Bam Bam? Never let a crisis go to waste.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 2/16/2013 12:59:34 PM     (No. 9180208)

This is a failure to prioritize and shows a willingness on the part of this administration to attack the necesarry functions of the country, and therefore to attack America and Americans, in order to force it´s own personal will upon us. This is against our Constitution and IMHO grounds for arrest and impeachment.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 2/16/2013 1:01:32 PM     (No. 9180215)

Furlough all flight crews for Air Force 1...

...after they return from dropping off the obamas in Zimbabwe.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 2/16/2013 1:03:28 PM     (No. 9180220)

Unexpectedly the Obama administration holds America hostage. Just imagine that we didn´t have these government inpectors. The food would be just as healthy and cheaper. Food inspection laws have put local beef suppliers out of business across the country and raised the cost. Have you heard of anyone getting sick from uninspected deer or quail?

Watch the Republicans fold like cheap suitcases.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 2/16/2013 1:04:20 PM     (No. 9180223)

I agree #2. This proves the insidiousness of govn infiltrating every aspect of our lives. On a moments notice, the govn can pull a switch and cut off access to our food, energy or health care supplies. Were our guns to be taken, a civilian police force could easily command control of the populace.

See where this is leading??

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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamrock, 2/16/2013 1:12:00 PM     (No. 9180237)

For those of you in town, get together with a few friends , buy a steer, have it processed and split it up. There is no inspection for private sales.

We have sold all of our spare steers for this year and will be raising more next year. More people are buying private because they know where it came from, how it´s fed, etc. Same with my lamb, chicken, turkeys and eggs.

You had to know he was coming for the food supply, control the food, control the masses. Get yourselves prepared and quick.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hoopsfan, 2/16/2013 1:16:08 PM     (No. 9180244)

The idea that the government COULD NOT perform vital functions if expenditures were cut by 10% for example is preposterous.

Now, Obama and his crew will no doubt say that we´ll have dirty air, diry water, unclean food, no national parks, sky-high food prices, etc., etc. Just a tactic on their part.




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Reply 8 - Posted by: golfmann, 2/16/2013 1:18:38 PM     (No. 9180251)

Oh WHAT did the GOOD people of this country DO to deserve this little sh*t of a man?



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Reply 9 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 2/16/2013 1:20:25 PM     (No. 9180254)

First they come for my burgers, then my chicken?

Seriously, I thought only tinpot dictators tried to control the masses through starvation and food shortages. Does ´Bama really aspire to Lil´ Kim the Nork´s level of domination?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mws50, 2/16/2013 1:29:13 PM     (No. 9180262)

I´m glad I have 400 pounds of Angus beef in my freezers to weather this shortage, thanks to my sister and her husband´s ranch bull!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/16/2013 1:35:11 PM     (No. 9180268)

I don´t each much meat ... I´m a flexitarian (semi-vegetarian). I´ll manage.

If you´re concerned about prices, stock up the freezer now.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDConservative, 2/16/2013 1:45:15 PM     (No. 9180280)

And the Washington Monument will be closed, too. #1 is exactly right...and if he allows vital services to lapse, the GOP had better hang it around his neck like the Dems did Newt when the government last "closed down."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/16/2013 1:45:36 PM     (No. 9180281)

Moochie the "hipster" doesn´t worry about shortages, she has her wagyu beef shipped in from Japan.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/16/2013 1:51:58 PM     (No. 9180288)

And I believe Congress is on ANOTHER break! Bet their freezers are stocked up and their $$ is safe.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: judy, 2/16/2013 1:55:16 PM     (No. 9180291)

Something is veryyyy wrong with DC if they can´t live with a 10% cut. After all they took more $$$ in January from our paychecks, we spend more for gas, more for health care..yet they are saying the military will go bust without 10%...oh please... I suggest they eliminate the rides on air force one & keep congress in DC without 100000 yearly vacations ...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ruready?, 2/16/2013 1:57:52 PM     (No. 9180294)

Is Obama saying that jets to Egypt are more important than food to Americans?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: JoniTx, 2/16/2013 2:03:10 PM     (No. 9180299)

Thought the same thing #17....something the media might ask?...just saying. Scare tactics are what seem to work these days. Sick.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 2/16/2013 2:03:50 PM     (No. 9180302)

Every war, every conflict, every coup has been intricately involved with hunger.

History repeating itself?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Starlady, 2/16/2013 2:07:40 PM     (No. 9180306)

All of this nonsense coming out daily is a bunch of Barbra Streisand. Even General Odeino got in the act yesterday for the military. Each departments need to set priorities for spending. In the military the actual active soldiers, sailors etc come first along with their training and equipment. Start at the Pentagon and have everyone count off. Say good- bye to every third person or every second person. Do the same with the higher-ups at each installation. There is much waste and redundance in the military. There is no reason to threaten our security and I despise those who are part of Obama´s dog and pony show. Don´t fall for their scare tactics. When we have NO MONEY then things will get very scary.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 2/16/2013 2:13:23 PM     (No. 9180317)

Same trick local pols play on the LoFoMoFo´s when there is any talk of a budget cut...scare the nitwits that the first thing to be cut are the front line firefighters, police and teachers; while the politicians, their staffs, bureaucratic pencil pushing slugs and mid-management flunkies remain untouched until the LoFoMoFo´s surrender and pass higher taxes on the fear of being raped, murdered in their beds, houses catching on fire all while the little chillruns run around unedumecated...same old BS story, different level of goooberment...



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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rotten In Denmark, 2/16/2013 2:19:09 PM     (No. 9180328)

An American, one of us, would take all needed cuts from Edumacation, no Energy, and E pee A, not essential or semi-essential agencies. No one would notice!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: JimS, 2/16/2013 2:24:33 PM     (No. 9180341)

Fine. If there are no inspectors to inspect the meat, then there will be no inspectors to report that meat shipments continue without them. Meat packers can just self-inspect, which they do now to ensure compliance.
I seriously doubt the inspectors contribute much anyway--certainly not a full workday.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: kittiestwo, 2/16/2013 2:50:02 PM     (No. 9180388)

...now they´re coming for the food...."...in the last days perilous times will come...evil men and impostors shall become worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived...........2 Timothy

...Incredible what´s going on........the Impostor-in-Chief

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Ret.TxLeo, 2/16/2013 2:52:23 PM     (No. 9180396)

Our Congressman Mike Conaway said Vilsek threatened this months ago if the House Republican´s didn´t get in line with the o tax hikes. He said that they(meaning Vilsek and obama) will go through with it...because they don´t have to worry where their next meal comes from...

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Reply 25 - Posted by: horacer, 2/16/2013 2:53:38 PM     (No. 9180401)

Pryor´s up for re-election in 2014 and surprise lots of these plants are in Arkansas. If the problem became severe congress could make an emergency appropriation.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/16/2013 2:53:48 PM     (No. 9180402)

And, they will have to shutdown the Statue of Liberty on Weekends.

Baloney. All that waste and fraud and they can´t find anywhere else to cut?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Dante, 2/16/2013 3:16:07 PM     (No. 9180426)

More lies to convince the ignorant that the federal government is both omnipotent and all-important. Zero and his gang of creeps would having you kneeling and bowing toward DC every morning to thank them for the sunrise.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: beat the press, 2/16/2013 3:43:36 PM     (No. 9180462)

Will obama eat Bo?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: flatwater, 2/16/2013 4:01:57 PM     (No. 9180483)

Lori Montgomery of the Washington Post assured us just yesterday that the threat of sequestration was eliciting nothing but yawns from the White House, and that it was really no big deal.



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Reply 30 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/16/2013 4:45:32 PM     (No. 9180546)

Obama´s the author of the sequecter. It was his idea. Now he´s back on the golf course.

This is what Obama wants.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: reilly, 2/16/2013 4:54:31 PM     (No. 9180568)


He´s such a chump that I predict this will blow up in his face. Hold fast, budget cutters. The off- year election is a long ways away.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/16/2013 5:34:07 PM     (No. 9180625)

Government managers can move money around to protect vital parts of government functions. Take the money that´s needed from the corrupt energy dept.

Every time it snows in DC,they tell non essential workers to stay home. Well make these non essentials bear the brunt of the sequester.

England´s FDA did a great job on stopping horse meat from getting the in food supply in huge quantities didn´t they? I´ll bet most USDA inspectors look the other way when a downed cow is crawling it´s way to the slaughter line.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Bluebonnet, 2/16/2013 5:53:40 PM     (No. 9180645)

Yea, the sequester was the one´s proposal/threat. This is just another scare tactic for the lo-infos.

But we have two freezers full of venison and buffalo meat. We´ll find places for some chicken, too.

I´m sure the one´s family and friends won´t be suffering on their kolbe, Wuygu beef and lobster supply. ( probably misspelled.)

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 2/16/2013 6:25:21 PM     (No. 9180696)

Remember that old movie with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson? Might be, we are about to start living it.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 2/16/2013 6:40:19 PM     (No. 9180705)

And yet the GSA and Social Security Admin head honchos will still get to have conferences in Vegas and Scottsdale.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: noproblems, 2/16/2013 8:14:08 PM     (No. 9180778)

0bama will look foolish if he does not manage the cuts well

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/17/2013 5:59:10 AM     (No. 9181029)

BS. There´s 96 programs doing the same thing. God forbid any of them get axed.

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