Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Folks Want to Opt Out of Not Eating Meat

Scott Riddle's front bumper did some damage to the side of the Hubbard City Cafe as he arrived on Tuesday. That will happen when you are a little hyper and you lock those brakes in a graveled parking lot. The sand and rocks just don't hold the tires on those big old trucks like they used to. O.K., maybe Scott was a little more than hyper. You decide.

Mr. Riddle's opening remark was, "In July, Obama said companies could make 80 million to 120 million flu vaccine doses by mid-October, and what do we have but 16.5 million doses so far. You know what? That's the best old skinny has performed on anything he has tried to do so far. And yet he wants us to think he can and should stop global warming while covering everybody with cost reduced health insurance as we keep our same plans and doctors and level of service."

For those of you being introduced to Scott for the first time, he is the local Hubbard City cattle baron and has been an insurance tycoon for about 50 years. So he takes both of these issues (climate and health care) real personal.

Scott thinks, except for Fox, you have to go to European papers to get the truth. He brought this article and read it to his cows on Tuesday from the London Times:

Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet

People will need to turn vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming. Lord Stern of Brentford said: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.”

Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming, said that a successful deal at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December would lead to soaring costs for meat and other foods that generate large quantities of greenhouse gases.Lord Stern, a former chief economist of the World Bank and now I. G. Patel Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, warned that British taxpayers would need to contribute about £3 billion a year by 2015 to help poor countries to cope with the inevitable impact of climate change.

He also issued a clear message to President Obama that he must attend the meeting in Copenhagen in person in order for an effective deal to be reached. US leadership, he said, was “desperately needed” to secure a deal.

UN figures suggest that meat production is responsible for about 18 per cent of global carbon emissions, including the destruction of forest land for cattle ranching and the production of animal feeds such as soy.

Well, as you might expect, this did not sit so well with the cows, who Scott is training in civil defense techniques, nor the steak and burger eaters at the Hubbard City Cafe (not that the cafe's burgers have a lot of beef in them).

While he was on a roll, Scott immediately launched into a description of Harry Reid's new 'opt out' health care plan, " the government run plan would be available on the first day that major provisions of Obamacare would take effect in 2013, and states would have until 2014 to pass legislation declining participation (opting out) in the program. In 17 states Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the state house. In another 24, Democrats control at least one legislative chamber or the governor’s mansion. That leaves a total of only 9 states where Republicans run the entire show — Texas, Utah, South Carolina, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Idaho, Florida, and Georgia. That means 41 states are all but guaranteed to have no choice but to endure the government run plan. What 'opt in' really means is that you are checked in, and if you don't leave by 2014 , you can never leave. The Feds will surely print money and offer it to states that 'opt in', and there will be no private insurance plans."

"That means Americans in 41 states are all but guaranteed to have no choice but to endure the the government run health plan. What opt out really means is: You will already be checked in, and if you don't get out by 2014, you will never leave because there will not be any place else to go. Then Obama will have the SINGLE PAYER PLAN that he really wants. Sneaky, huh? Not unless you are a complete idiot."

Scott was at his best on this day as he closed by quoting Tacitus: "The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates."

Think about it,


P. S. There is some concern at the Cafe that Gov. Hubbard has not appeared to Butch recently. Some have suggested that Butch quit drinking, while others have suggested that he drink more.

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