"Monsanto protection bill"?

There has been much said in the debate over Monsanto and their GMO  foods. Recently, president Obama signed the agriculture appropriations including the "Monsanto protection Act" as many have called it protecting Monsanto from prosecution if it turns out their GMOs are harmful to humans or the food supply.

First off let's get the facts, HR 933 was a continuing resolution to prevent a government shut down. The bill included things like SNAP aka food stamp benefits ect.. If the government were to shut down this could have hampered troop pay and even effected Social Security payments. This is not for sure to have happened but could have been a side effect that would have hurt many people. So the bill had to be passed.

So someone (supposedly unknown) added an amendment to the bill. No one for sure knows who, but was added in the US house by a member of the GOP from current reports. The bill was passed through the US house and the Senate. Then signed by the president.

Being as it had to pass or face shutdown what else could could have been done? Sure Obama could have vetoed the whole bill. This would have potentially hurt millions of Americans and he chose to sign it. Now we all know all of our politicians are owned by the corporate elite all of them. Even our president.

This is a big mistake by our congress and president. The issue here is the fact that this could have a major impact on the future of our food supply and our bodies.

Every president has signed bills that others saw as bad or flawed. Even Bill Clinton signing NAFTA and the DOMA act. This will go down as one of the biggest blunders of the Obama administration.
No one can possibly support this law except for the nuts in Washington D.C.

But this is not only on the president this also falls to congress all democrats all republicans. They let this be added to a major bill that had to pass. The reason for this is not hard to find. According to

"The provision's success is viewed by many as a victory by companies like Syngenta Corp, Cargill, Monsanto and affiliated PACs that have donate $7.5 million to members of congress since 2009 and $372,000 to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee."

So as long as we do not have term limits and refuse to get money from Corporations, lobbyist and Unions out of our politics this will keep happening. This is why here at Fresh Political View I support firing congress in 2014. In 2014 let's vote out all incumbent congress persons. Democrats/republicans doesn't matter lets send them all packing.

This protection of Monsanto is bad policy and every American should be outraged.


Should we decriminalize Marijuana?

The battle for and against the decriminalization of marijuana has been raging for years. The idea has been gaining support from both sides of the aisle in congress as well as from every walk of life on Main Street.

The fight would appear to be at critical mass with states such as Colorado passing laws decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis for personal use.

Recently, Rand Paul (R-KY)has come out in support of decriminalization. Saying folks should not have their lives ruined due making such choices early in life. “I don't want to promote that but I also don't want to put people in jail who make a mistake," Paul explained. "There are a lot of young people who do this and then later on in their twenties they grow up and get married and they quit doing things like this. I don't want to put them in jail and ruin their lives." Paul said.

The Senator from Kentucky makes a good argument here. Many folks who smoke marijuana are young and make some bad choices and it ruins their future. So it begs the question should your entire life be tossed away for making the choice to smoke marijuana?

You do not have to support the activity to see the validity of Mr. Paul's argument. It seems a bit extreme to lock folks up for some small youthful transgressions.

The issue is what about those who smoke it and they are not young. Should we lock up grandma down the street for smoking a joint for ease her pain after other drugs from the major drug manufacturers have failed? Or should we lock up the guy who smokes it to calm his anxiety disorder due to the side effects of his proscribed meds?

To many that answer is a resounding yes. But, to a majority of Americans the answer has become an even louder NO.

The problem is much like banning guns our war on drugs has created a black market that leads to crime. Also, it has led to a stigma and shame dumped on those who find themselves on these drugs. This shame at times lead a person do a path to stronger drugs.

Other nations such as Portugal have decriminalized all drugs and opened drug rehab centers. These actions have lessened the stigma of drug use and fear of getting jailed and folks have received the help they needed. Also, this lowered overall drug use in the country.

So if it can work for all drugs in other nations why can we not at least try it here for marijuana?

Once and for all lets come to our senses on the prohibition of cannabis in our great land. Lets stop sending folks to jail over smoking joints. Lets end the stigma attached to drug use and move to helping solve the issues that lead to drug use in the the first place.

This is part one of a multi-part series I plan to write on this subject over the next month. So if you liked what you read here check back soon to catch part 2.

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