The American federal government under the leadership of Obama, Pelosi, Reid and friends is grabbing power and destroying liberty so fast that it is hard to keep up. I don’t think anyone has been able to keep track of all of it, especially when sweeping laws are hidden in bills over 1,000 pages long that few read in their entirety.
For instance, there is this one:
In discussing the 1,248-page Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, signed yesterday by President Barack Obama after being rammed through the House and Senate by use of unprecedented parliamentary maneuvers designed to cut off debate, two aphorisms come to mind. The first is the old saying that sunshine is the best disinfectant. But the second is that, at least for many members of Congress, it’s easier to disguise the flavor of spoiled ingredients if one throws them into a big toxic stew.
Like its cousin, the $410 billion Omnibus spending bill that President Obama earlier signed into law, the Omnibus lands bill contains several bills from previous sessions of Congress wrapped into one. The final legislative package — which passed the House last week after clearing the Senate the previous week — actually contains a whopping 170 different bills, according to CNSNews.com….
…under the guise of “managing” federal lands, the bill, according to Hasting’s analysis, permanently bans energy exploration — even for environmentally correct sources like wind and solar — in more than 1 million acres, puts 2 million acres of public land off limits to transportation including even bicycles and wheelchairs, and imposes fines and even imprisonment for the collecting of common rocks and fossils.
But the bill’s sheer length meant its worst parts had yet to be digested, Smith argued. “This is another massive ‘mystery meat’ bill with well over a thousand pages of bills which no one has read or understands,” Smith wrote.
There there is this other one, which has yet to pass the House:
Basically, HR 875 sets up a MASSIVE new government bureaucracy called the Food Safety Administration, and compels anything known as a “food establishment” to register with the federal government (paying registration fees of course) and to submit to inspections that are at different intervals depending on the type of “food establishment” you are.
The first law makes picking up a rock a crime. The second law will make it illegal to sell food at any level without permission from our masters in Washington, D.C.
Ho hum, just another day on the highway to hell.