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Horse(meat)ing around…

Okay… In response to my previous “real” post, I was asked why I focused energy and effort into the horsemeat bill. The answer really comes in the very first sentence: “Finally, a useful law, in this time of terrorism and war and 50 million people without healthcare and higher poverty rate than ever and failing schools.”

Clearly, horses are important to people, and maybe the Humane Society is right about the fact that horses cannot be killed. But the rationales stated in the articles? Absurd. Congress focusing on this now, when it is increasingly clear that the government has systemically mismanaged security? Scary.

In the interest of avoiding the flames a comment about systemic mismanagement would incite, here follows a quick summary of things I’m thinking of when I write that. First, I do not mean that it was all intentional. I do think that some of it might be, though.

1) 9/11 Report tells us that not only were politics driving policy (instead of facts), but security is still not being adequately implemented. My favorite example is the ports and containers. While resources are funding the Alaskan bridge and more missile defense (please google, it’s late for me), they are not funding security of properly checking containers.

2) The makers of the 9/11 Report indicate that the administration officials were busy trying to avoid being questioned and the President and Vice President did not testify under oath.

3) The Iraq War is not based on good intelligence. Bad intelligence = less safe.

4) Billions of dollars are being wasted on a bad war. Several reports from CIA officials who have subsequently left (including Republicans) have noted that the administration wanted a link between 9/11 and Iraq, and even mandated publishing of a glossy “report” (meaning for public consumption) prepared using old/faulty information. Clinton was wrong about Hussein and WMD, but Bush actually attacked. There is a difference with being wrong, and acting on being wrong. All this makes Iraq less secure, which makes the Middle East more tumultuous, which makes the world a more dangerous place.

5) 50 million are uninsured. Which means, when they do get care, it is only when they really need it (emergency room visits) and when it is costliest to care for them. Because of that, everyone else pays higher premiums. Premiums are already high with managed care actually proving extremely expensive. Which means we have less money to contribute to the government via tax revenue. So, hospitals’ physical resources are taxed because of lack of insurance, which reduces emergency preparedness. And, tax revenue is reduced, meaning the government cannot afford to pay as much for security.

6) Civil liberties are being curbed. Which means we are becoming the enemy we purport to hate.

But at least I don’t have to worry about horsemeat anymore. And at least the rationale (as stated) is excellent. Thanks, Congress, I feel safer now.

Seriously, thanks to Conspicous Consumption for being the first commenter on my blog. She raises the (true) point that people define animals in basically three categories. First is pets, second is food, and third is “other” (the “let’s not think about it” category which includes things like lemurs). While I can accept that for the sake of argument, I still believe the rationale for “pet-ifying” horses is unconvincing. I’m also left wondering where the Humane Society stands on horse- and greyhound-racing. The horsemeat-is-okay-for-dogs-but-not-for-humans thing doen’t make much sense either.


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