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You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

-William J. H. Boetcker, 1916, from his pamphlet, “The Ten Cannots”

Do you like shrimp?  I do!  If you recall Forrest Gump’s friend, he could list dozens of ways to prepare shrimp.  There is now a deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated, secretly of course.  The present administration wants to give other nations the same negotiating status as U.S. firms, nations such as Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Peru, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.  And China is expecting to join the deal soon.  However, China is now benefitting from TPP by shipping from its plants located in Vietnam and Malaysia.  China and other countries grow shrimp in sewage and then they doctor the shrimp with chemicals, and they are already transshipping 66 million pounds of its shrimp annually through Malaysia to avoid FDA’s import alert.  There has already been 25 import alerts for Vietnam seafood this year due to E. coli, unusually high levels of antibiotic residues, microbial contamination and other serious safety concerns.

The United States now annually imports $675 billion in food – the vast majority unexamined and untested, and conducts border inspections on only .6 of 1 % of these foods.  The FDA inspects only 1.93 % of seafood imports and that mostly visual.  Only 11 % of imported beef, pork and chicken are inspected by the Dept. of Agriculture.  The COOL law (Country of Origin Labeling) was started in 1986 at a national convention of the National Farmer’s Organization (I wrote it up and the NFO voted for it unanimously and shortly, several other farm organizations also passed it).  Yet, it was not passed into law by our legislators until 2002, and still is not activated, being delayed time and again by intense industry lobbying.  Some of this information comes from an article by Phyllis Schlafly of Townhall Magazine.

If the above isn’t enough to make you disgusted here is more.  DOE Capital (U.S. Department of Energy), in 2008 invested in Range Fuels, which was unable to produce any ethanol but ate up something like $156 million of our tax dollars.  In 2011 DOE Capital financed a CA company, the money misspent, $535 million down the tube.  Then in Massachusetts $43 million went to Beacon Power, which was forced into bankruptcy although a few dollars returned to DOE Capital.  Synopsis of a report by William Tucker of American Spectator.

Imagine that if when you woke up today, your entire world consisted of ONLY the things that you thanked God for yesterday.

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” –James Madison

When you vote, be it for local, state or national candidates or for issues, consider the morality of the candidates and issues put before you.  Look at voting records.  Consider the goals.  If any person or issue is not good for our city, our county, our state or our nation, keep in mind the effects of your vote on you and on your descendants.  Our descendants are already overburdened with reckless spending.  How do you want your tax dollars spent?  Become aware!

The Ava Cemetery Memorial Day event was nicely done.  Ron, Arlene, Rex, Reanna and I attended and we estimate well over 100 were there to honor our military past and present.  Taps always bring tears to my eyes.  Then we picked up some chicken and enjoyed it at my home and followed that by playing Pinochle.  Ron and family spent the evening with friends in the Diggins area.  Randy spent a couple of days with an uncle and some cousins.  In California Regina and Dan took Justin to Sea World for his 11th birthday.  Justin still wants to return to Missouri as he loves it here.  However, he and his family are moving in June to Oregon due to Dan’s military status.  Hopefully Justin can make a visit here this summer.  His two heifers have grown so and he wants to see them.  His steers did well at market.

The rain didn’t record in my gauge but every drop is welcome.  Pray for more rain and pray for some common sense, morality and Christian ethics for our leadership nationwide.

Jamey Herd has been as busy as a cat on a hot tin roof and simply hasn’t had time to add items to this week’s column.

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