Between the Grammy huckstering and all the Pontiff pontification, you may have missed this little item – the US and Mexico have cut a trade deal where the price of imported tomatoes will double, and the case of some speciality tomatoes like cherries, the price will soar higher. The official line is that this will “avert a trade war by halting the re-instigation of anti-dumping investigations.”
Fine. What it means is that Obama’s Commerce Department has yet again stuck it to the middle class with higher food costs at the expense of making a very very important voting block in Florida of wealthy tomato growers very happy. And rich.
To quote (either the New York Times or Wall Street Journal – so this comes from both sides of the spin fence):
The Cato Institute’s Daniel Ikenson estimates that winter tomato prices could rise from 41% to 168%, and summer prices 47% to 176%. Specialty tomatoes, such as grape, cherry or heirloom varieties, will see the biggest increases.
In essence, the US has agreed to let Mexico increase the minimum price they charge for tomatoes, called the “price floor”. I don’t know why it’s called that. I’m sure some accounting MBA thought it up in order to make it sound important. It’s a minimum price.
Another little sideline – Mexico employes about 350,000 workers in the tomato industry. I’m sure a few of those folk will be seeing pink slips now that quantity is no longer the issue.
Here is the solution proposed by one blog commenter from California:
How about we all( Mexican And US growers) stop growing so many tomatoes. Let a market be a real market and we wont have to worry minimums.
And from an article in Forbes:
Not only will consumers pay more for foreign and domestically grown tomatoes at the grocery store and for salads and hamburgers at restaurants, but the new price-floor terms provide a strong indication that the specter of uncertainty associated with antidumping administration provides the necessary leverage to induce foreign producers into pricing schemes indistinguishable from collusion and price-fixing.
Get those tomatoes planted early this year….
Were you aware of this? I wasn’t. I must have missed the memo somehow. But it seems to be the case. As I was entering Wawa this evening a gangly young lad and his friend were leaving and one”bright” youth stated, “these are really salty-ass salt and vinegar chips”. Hope so. They wouldn’t be salt and vinegar if they weren’t salty. As I was leaving the fine establishment another flock of youth was entering, this flock less gangly and more goth-y, the largest of the group mumbling something incoherent about his “shitty-ass band”. I’m really out of the loop here. But as I munched on dinner I got to thinking that “ass” is a fairly sturdy all-purpose word and, using these fine examples, could be employed in a variety of ways.
“This is really cold-ass ice cream.”
“That was really great-ass sex.” Now here is where the land mine strewn English language can run afoul, because you can take that exact same phrase, drop the hyphen, and the meaning shifts from an amorous compliment to something most prized in federal penitentiaries.
Just think how much more interesting the debates would have been had the candidates employed this technique. Just the education argument alone would have been a blast…
“ROMNEY: … because I’m — I’m so-ass proud of the state that I had the chance to be governor of.” (Hideous grammar aside)
“OBAMA: But that was 10-ass years before you took office.”
“OBAMA: I will stand with Israel if they are attacked. And this is the reason why, working with Israel, we have created the strongest-ass military and intelligence cooperation between our two countries in history.”
“ROMNEY: …Number two, with regards to Iran and the threat of Iran, there’s no question but that a nuclear Iran, a nuclear-ass Iran is unacceptable to America.”
It certainly would have been funnier anyway.
These are the things I think about while sitting in the car eating a sandwich and Tastykake cupcakes, adding un-needed poundage to my big-ass ass.
Whaddya know? Romney’s lies debunked by that librul rag, The Wall Street Journal.
I received a letter from my precocious twenty year old attending a mid-western liberal arts institution of higher learning stating that after buying the usual mass of text books and other necessities that go hand in hand with a college life, that he had maxed out his Visa card. Calling it “his” Visa card is a bit of a misnomer as the bills come directly to my mailbox and the satisfaction of those bills emanate from my cheque book.
I called the young scion to inquire how a credit card with a $3,000 limit could be exhausted by the required textbooks of a communications major. He mentioned how unfair it was that he should be expected to live bound by the paltry sum given to him; that it was impossible to balance the expense of his commitments with his meager allowance when the source of his stipend was so obviously awash in wealth. His suggestion was the issuance of another credit card, with an expanded limit, in order to make good the balance of funds between us. I suggested that he take a hard look at his expenses and decide where is cash outlay was superfluous, or at the least could be scaled back. His retort was bristly to say the least and held firm to his new-card agenda.
I suppose he’s just acting in accordance with the world around him.
Thanx for your understanding.
Love and Kisses,
Quoting a news story from Yahoo…
A new bipartisan plan to reduce government borrowing would target some of the most cherished tax breaks enjoyed by millions of families — those promoting health insurance, home ownership, charitable giving and retirement savings — in exchange for lowering overall tax rates for everyone.
Many taxpayers would face higher taxes — a total of at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade, and perhaps more.
The details and impact of the plan, released this week by the bipartisan “Gang of Six” senators, emerged as President Barack Obama called congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday to determine, in separate meetings, their bottom line for extending the nation’s debt limit while also cutting spending at the greatest amount possible. The role of additional tax revenue remained a sticking point.
With all the posturing, all the rhetoric, all the bullshit that flies from the mouths of every single person, regardless of party, from the capitol, this is the best these gumbys can do to correct THEIR MISHANDLING OF OUR MONEY.
Why aren’t we marching on washington? why aren’t we dragging these chowderheads out from behind their oaks desks and flogging them on the mall? are we that cynical that we just don’t give a rats ass anymore?
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…but it will never happen.
There are few people whose level of cynicism matches mine concerning ALL the chuckleheads in Washington DC. And there are…no exceptions. Democrat, Republican…they’re all cut from the same tattered cloth of stupidity. Nor, as you may well know if you’ve endured my many obnoxious rants on this bizarre blog, am I a fan of the media. Conservative, Liberal…they all function as entertainment in lust for the almighty dollar. And that goes for media on the internet as well as the idiot box.
I will make an exception today, however, for Matt Welch’s op-ed piece on cnn.com. Arnold bashing aside he has captured what I believe to be popular frustration concerning the DC Dumb-asses and is worth a read.
If I may quote a couple lines….
The country is out of money at every level, with entitlements and debt service alone poised to swallow the federal budget whole within a decade or two…
Obama’s 10-year budget proposal this year — with its best-case projections of debt climbing to 77 percent of gross domestic product by 2020 — was final proof that the candidate who ran on enacting a “net spending cut,” whose first budget was arrogantly (and inaccurately) titled “An Era of New Responsibility: Renewing America’s Promises,” is the most fiscally irresponsible president in at least a generation. Considering how bad his predecessor was, that’s no small feat.
Instead of winning arguments, budget hawks will be trying to win press conferences. Instead of tackling reform, they’ll be trying to tackle the buffoon on the other side of the cage.
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Okay. I understand that any gathering of people assembled to listen to the drug-addicted, racist, homophobe Rush Limbaugh cannot be beneficial to anyone’s well-being.
That said, the annual CPAC event in Washington DC is in full swing as you read this and tonight featured author/columnist George Will as their keynote speaker. Mr. Will’s writing irks me from time to time, but that’s ok. He’s smart, well-read, and unmasks so-called conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck as reactionary fear-mongers without ever providing a nod in their direction.
In my humble opinion, he nailed it. Click on this link. Once the video starts, forward to the 17 minute mark to listen to his comments. (The first 16 features Fred Thompson stumbling through an award presentation)