“Mad Cow Disease”, otherwise known as Bovine Spongiform Encephlopathy (BSE), is not widely discussed in the media today, and ignored by a Government which should be acting to prevent this infection from spreading. Europe and Japan have taken steps to mandate testing beef, the United States has not. A modest testing program managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture was abolished by the Bush Administration in 2004 at the behest of the beef industry. Testing interferes with the gods of the Free Market and the Busheviks were willing to sacrifice humans on the altar to propitiate their gods.
The Obama Administration proves to be true believers as well. Obamaians invoked the powers of regulation not to prevent the spread of the disease but to prohibit testing by a private firm. Hard to believe but when a private beef producer, Creekstone Farms, announced its intent to test its own cattle, the USDA was swift to prohibit this voluntary use of private property. According to the USDA such a test would be an unfair trade practice suggesting to consumers that Mad-Cow-free beef was better than run-of-lot infected beef. Such blasphemy, how dare they offend the gods of the Market. Thankfully, our Government is guarding our freedom to become infected.
It remains a truism that we have the best Government that money can buy.