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Obama signs bill to overhaul nation's food safety; Republicans question cost

There are 95 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 4, 2011, titled Obama signs bill to overhaul nation's food safety; Republicans question cost. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Foreshadowing the coming power struggles between the White House and a more Republican Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $1.4 billion overhaul of the nation's food safety system as some lawmakers complained that it's too expensive and threatened its funding.

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#1 Jan 4, 2011
How about we tell Obama to EAT this bill and then some. He thinks he knows best for our cars, health insurance, school loans, banking, offshore oil drilling, etc and now he wants to control our food supply? Are you kidding me? What happened to our right to choose for ourselves? Why doesn't this smoker addicted craphead stick to something he knows? Ah, that would be ????? Nothing. He's a loser.
Cost

Elk River, MN

#2 Jan 4, 2011
Doesn't matter how much it costs taxpayers, it makes food safer and creates more government jobs. Great job Obama!
yeah sure

Burnsville, MN

#3 Jan 4, 2011
get ready for your food prices to go up again. We already have the safest food supply in the world.
yeah sure

Burnsville, MN

#4 Jan 4, 2011
Cost wrote:
Doesn't matter how much it costs taxpayers, it makes food safer and creates more government jobs. Great job Obama!
wow! how ignorant.
Iron Ranger

Hibbing, MN

#5 Jan 4, 2011
Beck's radio empire imploding as 2011 begins -- whacked in the Big Apple!

January 04, 2011 5:17 pm ET by Will Bunch

Glenn Beck's new year started a few days late, with a signal that he's hoping that 2011 will be even more momentous than the first two years of the Obama presidency, when his massive resistance to the White House catapulted the right-wing media icon onto the cover of Time magazine and made Beck a millionaire many times over.

"We cannot as a nation survive much longer," said Beck in a New Year's message posted on his website, not unless there is a "fundamental transformation" -- quite an ironic statement since many of Beck's biggest fans turned away from Obama because of the president's use of that very same term.

Added Beck: "We must take a page from our own history at the Alamo and 'draw a line in the sand.' We must decide who we are, what we are capable of and look to the heavens to chart our course...I will not accept that America's best days are behind Her, that there is no such thing as American exceptionalism." To add some meat to his verbal bravado, Beck -- who reportedly earned $32 million in 2009 and certainly topped that last year -- also claimed he was hiring 40 more people to build a new division he called E4 Experiences, for Enlightenment, Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.

The new Beckian blast of bluster could serve one other purpose: Covering up that fact that Beck's most fundamental enterprise -- the radio network that launched the one-time failed "Morning Zoo" jock to national stardom in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks -- is fast imploding behind him.

Today's blow is the most significant and the most shocking: Beck will be off the air in America's largest media market, New York City, in a matter of days:

Glenn Beck may be one of the hottest talk show hosts in the country, but he apparently left New York's WOR cold.

WOR (710 AM), one of the city's two biggest talk radio stations, said this morning it is dropping Beck's syndicated show as of Jan. 17 and replacing him with a familiar New York name: Mike Gallagher.

"The reason is ratings," said WOR program director Scott Lakefield. "Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn't getting what we wanted."

To call this a major embarassment for Beck is an understatement. After all, he's been based in New York -- where he tapes his nightly television show for Fox News Channel -- for the last four years. And he's not being replaced by some hot new up-and-coming talent, but a lower-priced and unexciting retread in longtime veteran Gallagher -- a clear sign that WOR isn't bluffing or exaggerating to say that Beck's ratings in the Big Apple were truly awful.

What's more, by Jan. 17 Beck is all but certain to be off the air in another major U.S. market, Philadelphia. When it was announced last fall that Philly's WPHT, then known as "The Big Talker," was adopting a more locally oriented format and dumping both Beck and Sean Hannity, there was widespread speculation that another local station would rush to pick up the right-wing free agents. That hasn't happened, and their Philadelphia run is slated to end next week.

And there's also evidence that New York and Philadelphia are not a fluke, that Beck is bombing generally in the nation's population center on the Eastern Seaboard.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/
Mr Sarcasm

Grand Prairie, TX

#6 Jan 4, 2011
What do ya know, Obama controlling another industry as George Soros commanded. Americans get higher food prices......
Trailer Trash

United States

#7 Jan 4, 2011
yeah sure wrote:
<quoted text>
wow! how ignorant.
Yes!!! More jobs! Give us more jobs!!!

We need some more good government jobs!!!!!

We love Obama!! Best President ever!!!

Yes we can!!

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#8 Jan 4, 2011
Iron Ranger wrote:
Beck's radio empire imploding as 2011 begins -- whacked in the Big Apple!
January 04, 2011 5:17 pm ET by Will Bunch
Glenn Beck's new year started a few days late, with a signal that he's hoping that 2011 will be even more momentous than the first two years of the Obama presidency, when his massive resistance to the White House catapulted the right-wing media icon onto the cover of Time magazine and made Beck a millionaire many times over.
"We cannot as a nation survive much longer," said Beck in a New Year's message posted on his website, not unless there is a "fundamental transformation" -- quite an ironic statement since many of Beck's biggest fans turned away from Obama because of the president's use of that very same term.
Added Beck: "We must take a page from our own history at the Alamo and 'draw a line in the sand.' We must decide who we are, what we are capable of and look to the heavens to chart our course...I will not accept that America's best days are behind Her, that there is no such thing as American exceptionalism." To add some meat to his verbal bravado, Beck -- who reportedly earned $32 million in 2009 and certainly topped that last year -- also claimed he was hiring 40 more people to build a new division he called E4 Experiences, for Enlightenment, Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.
The new Beckian blast of bluster could serve one other purpose: Covering up that fact that Beck's most fundamental enterprise -- the radio network that launched the one-time failed "Morning Zoo" jock to national stardom in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks -- is fast imploding behind him.
Today's blow is the most significant and the most shocking: Beck will be off the air in America's largest media market, New York City, in a matter of days:
Glenn Beck may be one of the hottest talk show hosts in the country, but he apparently left New York's WOR cold.
WOR (710 AM), one of the city's two biggest talk radio stations, said this morning it is dropping Beck's syndicated show as of Jan. 17 and replacing him with a familiar New York name: Mike Gallagher.
"The reason is ratings," said WOR program director Scott Lakefield. "Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn't getting what we wanted."
To call this a major embarassment for Beck is an understatement. After all, he's been based in New York -- where he tapes his nightly television show for Fox News Channel -- for the last four years. And he's not being replaced by some hot new up-and-coming talent, but a lower-priced and unexciting retread in longtime veteran Gallagher -- a clear sign that WOR isn't bluffing or exaggerating to say that Beck's ratings in the Big Apple were truly awful.
What's more, by Jan. 17 Beck is all but certain to be off the air in another major U.S. market, Philadelphia. When it was announced last fall that Philly's WPHT, then known as "The Big Talker," was adopting a more locally oriented format and dumping both Beck and Sean Hannity, there was widespread speculation that another local station would rush to pick up the right-wing free agents. That hasn't happened, and their Philadelphia run is slated to end next week.
And there's also evidence that New York and Philadelphia are not a fluke, that Beck is bombing generally in the nation's population center on the Eastern Seaboard.
http://mediamatters.org/blog/
It's so cold in Hibbing two Democrats on main street were seen with their hands in their own pockets. Good Grief.. thaw that thing.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#9 Jan 4, 2011
Iron Ranger wrote:
Beck's radio empire imploding as 2011 begins -- whacked in the Big Apple!
January 04, 2011 5:17 pm ET by Will Bunch
Glenn Beck's new year started a few days late, with a signal that he's hoping that 2011 will be even more momentous than the first two years of the Obama presidency, when his massive resistance to the White House catapulted the right-wing media icon onto the cover of Time magazine and made Beck a millionaire many times over.
"We cannot as a nation survive much longer," said Beck in a New Year's message posted on his website, not unless there is a "fundamental transformation" -- quite an ironic statement since many of Beck's biggest fans turned away from Obama because of the president's use of that very same term.
Added Beck: "We must take a page from our own history at the Alamo and 'draw a line in the sand.' We must decide who we are, what we are capable of and look to the heavens to chart our course...I will not accept that America's best days are behind Her, that there is no such thing as American exceptionalism." To add some meat to his verbal bravado, Beck -- who reportedly earned $32 million in 2009 and certainly topped that last year -- also claimed he was hiring 40 more people to build a new division he called E4 Experiences, for Enlightenment, Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.
The new Beckian blast of bluster could serve one other purpose: Covering up that fact that Beck's most fundamental enterprise -- the radio network that launched the one-time failed "Morning Zoo" jock to national stardom in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks -- is fast imploding behind him.
Today's blow is the most significant and the most shocking: Beck will be off the air in America's largest media market, New York City, in a matter of days:
Glenn Beck may be one of the hottest talk show hosts in the country, but he apparently left New York's WOR cold.
WOR (710 AM), one of the city's two biggest talk radio stations, said this morning it is dropping Beck's syndicated show as of Jan. 17 and replacing him with a familiar New York name: Mike Gallagher.
"The reason is ratings," said WOR program director Scott Lakefield. "Somewhat to our surprise, the show wasn't getting what we wanted."
To call this a major embarassment for Beck is an understatement. After all, he's been based in New York -- where he tapes his nightly television show for Fox News Channel -- for the last four years. And he's not being replaced by some hot new up-and-coming talent, but a lower-priced and unexciting retread in longtime veteran Gallagher -- a clear sign that WOR isn't bluffing or exaggerating to say that Beck's ratings in the Big Apple were truly awful.
What's more, by Jan. 17 Beck is all but certain to be off the air in another major U.S. market, Philadelphia. When it was announced last fall that Philly's WPHT, then known as "The Big Talker," was adopting a more locally oriented format and dumping both Beck and Sean Hannity, there was widespread speculation that another local station would rush to pick up the right-wing free agents. That hasn't happened, and their Philadelphia run is slated to end next week.
And there's also evidence that New York and Philadelphia are not a fluke, that Beck is bombing generally in the nation's population center on the Eastern Seaboard.
http://mediamatters.org/blog/
It's so cold in Hibbing two Democrats were seen with their hands in their own pockets. Gees.. let that thing above your neck un-thaw.
Enough

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#10 Jan 4, 2011
This is what Donald Trump will say to Obama
Your fired

Trump is running for 2012
Food Justice

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jan 4, 2011
San Francisco's board of supervisors has voted, by a veto-proof margin, to ban most of McDonald's Happy Meals as they are now served in the restaurants.

The measure will make San Francisco the first major city in the country to forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat.

The ordinance would also require restaurants to provide fruits and vegetables with all meals for children that come with toys.

"We're part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice," said Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure. "From San Francisco to New York City, the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low income neighborhoods, at an alarming rate. It's a survival issue and a day-to-day issue."

(Excerpt)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/la-fi-happy-me...





we have "social justice," "economic justice," and now "food justice"? What next--"fashion justice"?



when fries are outlawed only outlaws will have fries!
Hmmm

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jan 4, 2011
I wonder if Kingston would feel the same way if a family member had e. coli related kidney failure.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#13 Jan 4, 2011
Thank you Mr. President.

Focused like a laser on job creation. Gee, I should have known you were talking govt jobs that the taxpayers to fund.

Well, this is what happens when you view private industry as "the enemy".
Moderation is the answer

Tucson, AZ

#14 Jan 5, 2011
yeah sure wrote:
get ready for your food prices to go up again. We already have the safest food supply in the world.
WE had the safest food supply in the world until Reagan came in and decided to reduce the cost of the USDA and the FDA. People have died from E-coli in Hamburger many times. Do you know why???? I will tell you. Reagan demanded that the USDA reduce cost and allow the meat packer's to provide their own methods of control, beleiving that they would do a better job. I wrote the control procedures for a major Packer. I will give you just one example. When a cow is slaughtered the gut is slashed to remove organs intestines and all guts. When this happens an intestine could be cut. all cow intestines contain E-coli. Prior to the Reagan cost cutting effort, a USDA inspector watched this one cut, if the intestine was punctured the kill line was stopped the cattle was railed off and the killine was cleaned. This is very expensive to the packer.this one USDA inspector was taken off the kill line in every killing plant saving one paycheck,with the belief that the packer would take care of the gut puncturing every time it happened with no government control. Guess what we ship meat with E-coli every day and hope that by cooking to 165 degree internally no one will die. Guess whar people die because of one paycheck per killing line!!!!! So wake up we don't have the safest food supply in the world!!!!!!
LOL

Bradenton, FL

#16 Jan 5, 2011
Just a few more regulations by law makers and another freeze or two and a Florida orange on the table will be a sign of wealth.......
Observer

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Jan 5, 2011
Once again, Republican opposition is based on something other than what it should...

http://www.examiner.com/economic-policy-in-mi...
Ray Marshall

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jan 5, 2011
Nobody should get sick or die anymore and the government will make sure of that, no matter what the cost.

I would bet that (expensive) studies would show that the vast majority of food caused illnesses are caused by poor preparation techniques in the home.
billy boy

Albany, OR

#19 Jan 5, 2011
We need to make sure our food is safe so when we export it to Kenya it will be ok for Obama to eat.
More fat government jobs is what he is creating.
Robbie

Edenton, NC

#20 Jan 5, 2011
yeah sure wrote:
get ready for your food prices to go up again. We already have the safest food supply in the world.
Where were you living in the last year?? Just about every type of food source of one sort or another was infected with ecoli or salmonella!! Did you eat the contaminated eggs, lettuce, cabbage etc??? I would venture to say no you didn't. Safest supply in the world, where are you setting the bar?? China, Africa, Russia, yeah we're safer then them which don't mean shit. Obviously all the food is NOT safe and if you think inspection isn't necessary you're a fool..........
jw in the grove

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Jan 5, 2011
Moderation is the answer wrote:
<quoted text>WE had the safest food supply in the world until Reagan came in and decided to reduce the cost of the USDA and the FDA. People have died from E-coli in Hamburger many times. Do you know why???? I will tell you. Reagan demanded that the USDA reduce cost and allow the meat packer's to provide their own methods of control, beleiving that they would do a better job. I wrote the control procedures for a major Packer. I will give you just one example. When a cow is slaughtered the gut is slashed to remove organs intestines and all guts. When this happens an intestine could be cut. all cow intestines contain E-coli. Prior to the Reagan cost cutting effort, a USDA inspector watched this one cut, if the intestine was punctured the kill line was stopped the cattle was railed off and the killine was cleaned. This is very expensive to the packer.this one USDA inspector was taken off the kill line in every killing plant saving one paycheck,with the belief that the packer would take care of the gut puncturing every time it happened with no government control. Guess what we ship meat with E-coli every day and hope that by cooking to 165 degree internally no one will die. Guess whar people die because of one paycheck per killing line!!!!! So wake up we don't have the safest food supply in the world!!!!!!
Reagans fault OMG, DO you realize that was 30 yrs ago? So your saying we should have one inspector for every butcher? never happened ever, anywhere in the world.

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