Diary

The New... (ahem)... "Gas" Tax

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — For farmers, this stinks: Belching and gaseous cows and hogs could start costing them money if the federal government decides to charge fees for air-polluting animals.

Just as Harry Reid can’t stand the smell of Tourists in Washington, our Environmentalist friends at the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Supreme Court believe that “greenhouse gases emitted by belching and flatulence amounts to air pollution”.

“This is one of the most ridiculous things the federal government has tried to do,” said Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, an outspoken opponent of the fees.

Fees = Liberal Code Word for Taxes

EPA officials insisted Friday that the lengthy, highly technical report, which mostly focuses on other sources of air pollution, does not include a proposal to tax livestock.

But the American Farm Bureau Federation said, based on federal agriculture department figures, it would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual tax fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog.

Ken Hamilton (executive VP of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation) said the tax fee would cost owners of a small cattle ranch anywhere between $30,000 to $40,000 a year… a tax… FEE, the cattle ranchers say will would bankrupt them.”

So, we have Barack telling us he is going to bankrupt the coal industry and now the liberals are targeting the cattle industry…

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks said he’s worried that the fee TAX could be extended to chickens and other farm animals… putting them out of business as well as more meat is imported.

“Who comes up with this kind of stuff?” said Perry Mobley, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation’s beef division.

Guesses anyone?