1) We have ethanol subsidies and mandates here. They have driven the price of corn and other crops up to ridiculous levels
Ethanol drives up the price of grain worldwide. When the largest corn producing country in the world diverts 40% of it's corn to fuel it impacts all grains and all markets. It is not just a US producer cost. Yes ethanol subsidies suck.
4) We have minimum wages here. Imports don't deal with that.
Maybe not. BMW has much higher labor cost than we do but exports cars to the US for example. I am not sure about wage laws in other catfish producing countries but to say "imports" don't deal with it as if all imports don't is just not true.
1) Yes, this new bill makes it tougher on imports.
it's sole purpose.
2) It is being discussed because domestic farmers are struggling to compete with foreign farmers.
Not in fresh markets as I have demonstrated. Now if we are going to have "level playing fields" should we subsidize air freight so the Vietnamese can fly fresh fish in?? Of course not.
4) The US government has regulated domestic farmers to a point to where they claim they can't compete
Regulation may be a part of it. Competitive disadvantages certainly are---climate being one. We don't have a significant bamboo industry in the US either nor do we produce catfish in Alaska. Should Delta decide to grow catfish in Alaska how many protective tariffs should he get then? If he grows bamboo in Mississippi should he be eligible for anti dumping tariffs??? Has it ever occurred to you we just might not be competitive growing catfish and processing and freezing them because of market issues?
Look Delta has melted down as his arguments have failed.
He hasn't proven any of his points. Even his beloved Mississippi State has acknowledge the quality of the Vietnamese product.
This crap about him being just for USDA inspection is just that crap and that has been my ENTIRE POINT.
These catfish lobbying groups are special interest seeking advantages and protection from the government. They make their living telling their employers (catfish farmers in this case) how bad things are and how they can fix them. That is the bottom line.
If the Asian product is crap it won't last but it obviously is not as it has been here going on 20 years. It is total crap the Vietnamese government subsidies them. It is total crap their processing is less quality than ours even if Delta hates the Australians that say so.
If this were about equalizing and consolidating food inspection that would be one thing but you can tell from Delta's incessant whining about cost and profits it is far more than that.
It is special interest looking for favors from government whether it is corn growers and ethanol, film producers and film tax credits, insurance companies and Landrieucare or defense contractors and failed aircraft.
I couldn't care less about the Vietnamese catfish farmers. I don't know if I have eaten any. If I did I certainly didn't know it unfortunately for young Delta. I can't stand whiners and I can't stand special interest with no regard for what their actions cost Americans.
This post was edited on 9/18 at 1:27 pm