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New Senate Ag Chair Lincoln Gives Us Much to Cry About

by: Jill Richardson

Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 15:41:17 PM PDT

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Blanche Lincoln's hardly sat in the Senate Ag Committee's chairwoman seat long enough to warm it up, and she's already up to no good. Congress Daily has a piece up called "Lincoln: No Support For House Climate Bill." And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Note that this was all said in a speech to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Blanche on the climate bill:

In comments after the speech, Lincoln she said does not support the House-passed climate-change bill because it "picks winners and losers" and "places a disproportionate share of the burden" on her home state of Arkansas in particular and rural and poor America in general. Lincoln said she will not support a climate change bill in the Senate if it is similar to the House-passed bill.

Blanche on the estate tax: She calls it an "absolute disadvantage" to farm and ranch families.

Blanch on the Clean Water Act:

Moving to the environment, Lincoln said a provision in the Clean Water Restoration Act passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that covers "the waters of the United States" rather than "navigable" waters needs to be amended so EPA does not interpret it to cover all waters.

"We've seen in the past where the imagination can be stretched," Lincoln said. "We don't need the imagination to be stretched right now."

Blanche on free trade:

Lincoln also addressed trade, arguing that the world market for U.S. farmers "is not free or fair at this juncture." The Bush administration made concessions on agriculture in the Doha round negotiations last year even though other countries had not reciprocated, she said, adding that any further negotiations should start "with a new text." She also urged the Obama administration to push the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements and make it easier to sell U.S. products in Cuba.
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Free trade... (4.00 / 2)
Can we trade Blanche Lincoln to Panama for some coffee or something?  

Now that would be a 'free trade agreement' I could support!

Deal. (4.00 / 2)
One Arkansas Senator in exchange for one pound shade grown organic fair trade coffee beans.

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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Ha! (4.00 / 2)
I think we should be fair, though.  Let's give 'em Baucus, Landrieu and some others as well.  Along with a few players from the House "to be named later"...


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Collin Peterson nt (4.00 / 2)

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

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the estate tax canard again (4.00 / 3)
The Farm Bureau looked hard and couldn't find a single family that ever had to sell the farm or ranch because of the estate tax. The vast majority of individuals are exempt.

"Facts are stupid things..." (4.00 / 1)
Or something like that, heh...

Are Lincoln and her type really that dense, or are they just lying?  I guess I just want to give some politicians much more credit than they deserve, sometimes.  

Then again, I'm not sure which kind of Senator or Rep is worse - an incurious ideologue who never questions their set-in-stone beliefs, or a pathological liar?

American Politics, ladies and gentlemen!


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Reality has a well-known liberal bias? nt (4.00 / 2)

"I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies." - Jim Goodman

[ Parent ]
Reality-biased liberalism (4.00 / 1)
is a terrible thing to waste.

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