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Senate FINALLY working on important legislation: tackling fake maple syrup

The Senate hasn’t proposed a budget in 900+ days.  How can they, when they’ve got far more pressing issues to address?

Six senators introduced legislation that would make selling fake maple syrup a felony offense leading to fines and up to five years in prison.

The Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) Act is a response to what chief sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others say is the increasing practice of cheating Vermont, Upstate New York and other maple syrup regions by selling inferior, fake syrup.

“I have been alarmed by the growing number of individuals and businesses claiming to sell genuine Vermont maple syrup when they are in fact selling an inferior product that is not maple syrup at all,” Leahy said Thursday. “This is fraud, plain and simple, and it undermines a key part of Vermont’s economy and reputation for quality that has been hard-earned through Vermonters’ hard work.”

He added that others in the syrup-producing regions of Maine, New York and other states also have been hurt. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) are all co-sponsors.

Under current law, selling fake maple syrup is a misdemeanor offense.

Under the bill, S. 1742, selling fake maple syrup would be listed as an act of fraud that is seen as a felony offense, along with falsifying bank entries, mortgage transactions, loan applications and citizenship records, along with dozens of other activities.

“We need to make sure that those who intentionally deceive consumers get a trip to jail, not a slap on the wrist,” Leahy said. “Schemers should not easily be able to sully the seal of quality that is associated with genuine Vermont maple syrup.”

The bill specifically lists what qualifies as real maple syrup: a liquid food derived from heating tree sap or mixing water and maple sugar. In either case, not less than 66 percent of the weight of the product must be “soluble solids derived solely from the sap of a species of tree in the genus Acer.”

Of course, leave it to the Maine sisters to join this lunacy.

October 24, 2011 Posted by | big government, bizarre, shameful, Vermont | 7 Comments

Socialist Senator finds ONE good thing about capitalism: selling HIS OWN book!

We accuse many Democrats of being socialist in their philosophy and voting record, and rightly so.  However, one Senator is an actual confessed, self-described socialist: Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  To be fair, Sanders is officially an “independent”, but he caucuses with the Dems and votes with them nearly 100% of the time.  Birds of a feather flock together, no?

With that in mind, savor the hypocrisy:

Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders is a different kind of socialist: the kind who will partake in the capitalist venture of freely exchanging money for products… at least when it comes to selling his own book.

The self-described socialist is out promoting his straight-to-paperback The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class, and was eager to sign and sell copies at corporate entities like Barnes & Noble in Washington, D.C.

Video clip at the link of Sanders confronted (at a book signing, no less) with his hypocrisy.

That’s one thing I notice about all American socialists: they sure think that socialism is superwickedawesome, so long as they aren’t expected to live under its gruesome grip.

May 20, 2011 Posted by | capitalism, hypocrisy, socialism, Vermont | 1 Comment

Woman arrested for making faces at dog

In Vermont, no less. From the AP:

A prosecutor has dropped charges against a woman who was arrested for staring at and making faces at a police dog.

“Prosecuting a woman for `staring’ at a police dog is absurd,” said her lawyer. “People are allowed to make faces at police dogs and officers to express their disapproval. It’s constitutional expression,” said public defender Kelly Green, who represented Jayna Hutchinson.

A police force that arrests people for making faces at dogs. An electorate that sends an avowed socialist to the U.S. Senate and had elected certifiable moonbat Howard “The Scream” Dean to their governorship. Heck, maybe we should let them secede!

June 7, 2007 Posted by | moonbats, Vermont | Leave a comment