Sunday, July 28, 2013

REPUBLICAN INTRODUCES BILL TO STOP FEDS TAKING RAISINS FROM FARMERS

I just can't believe this has been allowed to go on for so long.  That's the power of Big Government.

The Washington Post recently profiled Marvin Horne, a 68-year-old California raisin farmer who stopped giving the government his raisins in 2002 and now "owes the U.S. government at least $650,000 in unpaid fines," in addition to "1.2 million pounds of unpaid raisins, roughly equal to his entire harvest for four years."

As Breitbart News reported, the government "can save the raisins, sell them to foreigners, throw them away, or even feed them to animals—so long as they are off the domestic market." In one recent year, the raisin program generated over $65 million dollars for the federal government, and all of it was spent on overhead and administrative staff.

Horne said the program made him feel like a "serf" and described it as the "rape of the raisin growers."

The federal government continues to pursue Horne, but his lawyer has argued that the law is unconstitutional because the government will not justly compensate Horne for his raisins. A federal appeals court in California is reviewing the case after the Supreme Court ordered it to do so.

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