It turns out the game of budget chicken in Washington could result in the meat industry temporarily shutting down. If the $85 billion sequester cuts are allowed to kick in on March 1, it could mean all meat and poultry inspectors would be furloughed for two weeks.
Without their seal of approval, meatpackers and processors can't ship beef, pork, lamb and poultry meat. An estimated $10 billion in production would be lost during a two-week furlough and consumers could see higher prices and empty shelves, as a result, Reuters reports.
Obama and Congress seem far apart on reaching a deficit reduction deal to avoid the sequester. Obama is calling for "a balanced" approach to trimming the deficit, which means a mix of tax revenue and spending cuts. But GOP leadership is demanding a cuts only approach.
Health inspectors checking the quality of our meat is now an essential service? I'm sure the big government haters out there would disagree with you. Why I'm almost certain they'd prefer no health inspectors and are more than happy to eat whatever meat a self regulating capitialist model puts on their kitchen table. After they're alld ead from mad cow disease or whatever other tainted food death sentence their god hands them the rest of us can get on with our day and make our leaders do their jobs.
Did these jerks not relize this when they voted for it? Have we become a goverment of the crisis,for the crisis and by the crisis? Will goverment ever get their head and asses wired togeather? Inquiring minds would like to know.
@PoliticalSpice If the GOP had not agreed to let the cuts stand with the exception of the top earners we would all have had our taxes raised.. If is the Democrats who are not cooperating. They haven't passed a budget since Obama came into office even tho several have been proposed by the House. Harry Reid has stated he would not even bring them up for a vote in the Senate and Obama said he would veto them anyway.(The one proposal put up by Obama was vote down unanimously both parties.). Now...HOW can that possibly translate into the Republicans being non cooperative????
It's the job of the House to make the budget. Where is the budget? Did Obama veto something while the entire nation was in the bathroom? A basic understanding of how our government works is on every immigrants citizenship test when they try to come to this country. I'm guessing you're here illegaly as you don't appear to know how it works.
@frigginhell LOL The House has presented numerous budgets to the Senate...Harry Reid says he won't bring it to a vote..Obama says he will veto it anyway. You are really the one getting it backwards. That is funny.
I raise, slaughter and butcher my own meat. Heh heh heh. Let 'em shut down. This is only a scare tactic to get the sheepeople give congress a pass on putting the burden of paying for congresses indiscretions and failed policies.
@harold_lloyd Yea, but the thing is that diesn't help if you are allergic to cholestorol fighting drugs. Cutting saturated fat is not enough, you have to reduce the choloestorol manufactured by the body and only drugs can do that.
@seedtick i have been a vegetarian since 1969. There is nothing wrong with eating cow or chickens. For the past 50 years i have been involved heavily in science as my mother was. She made me a vegetarian by slowly removing meat from our diet.
@PoliticalSpice Ahhhh.....Karen only lived 5 miles from where I grew up (Downey, Ca). Went by her families house many times to try to get a glimpse of her....did see her once and was some what let down....it was towards the end of her life! Too bad!
Money lost from beef sales will have to be made up by increasing prices of other meats and foods. Beef broth, cubes, canned soups, other beef based items prices will skyrocket. It is amazing how interconnected things are on this little earth.