Due to my strong stance as a constitutionalist and libertarian the uninformed often call me a “right winger” which if you listen to the show is simply nuts. Unfortunately I don’t get to give many politicians a pat on the back be they Democrats or Republicans. Today though I get to thank a Democrat from Montana for his work with the turd of a bill known as S-510.
I just posted a long rant on S-510 blasting both side of the debate. The opposition for the hype and out right lies and the proponents for legislation that could put small producers out of business. One thing I pointed out that could be done is a small producer amendment that would exempt family producers and small farms. Turns out there is such an amendment and it does seem to be sticking to the bill as it moves through the senate.
The amendment proposed by Sen. John Tester of Montana. This amendment will exempt producers who produce less then 500,000 dollars in annual revenue (across a three year average) and expand the definition of direct sales. While I still do not like this bill and don’t want it passed this amendment is based on good old common sense! Make sure you tell your senators to support this amendment if the bill itself can’t be stopped. I want to personally thank Mr. Tester for his efforts here. I am sure I will find many reasons to disagree with him down the road but for now, job well done sir.
The following video is Mr. Tester explaining his amendment. You can also read his amendment in full and a summary of it at his website. I am personally going to call Mr. Tester’s office and say that even though I am from Texas I want to thank him for the introduction of this amendment.