Why the government is hoarding raisins
Yep, a national raisin reserve exists. It all goes back to a program created more than 60 years ago, and farmers are going to court protesting the rules.
The government is actually doing much more than watching them. It's seizing them from farmers, often without paying. It's hoarding them in warehouses in California in case the nation's raisin supply veers too far from the norm.
All for a little-known storage called the national raisin reserve. It stems from a farm program created during after World War II that continues today, The Washington Post reports.
The government monitors the nation's raisin supply in case farmers produce too much. If there was an abundance of raisins, see, prices would fall and raisin farmers would suffer. So to keep the raisin farmers happy, the government stabilizes supply.
But the problem is that farmers are anything but happy. That's because in the good years, when there are too many raisins being produced, the government seizes a portion of every farmer's supply, often without paying, according to The Post.
Farmers are protesting this outdated policy, and one case went all the way to the Supreme Court this year. The justices told a lower court that had previously rejected one farmer's challenge to take another look.
The raisin reserve took hold after the war, when the government stopped sending vast supplies of raisins overseas with soldiers, The Post reports. The industry was in turmoil when the government cash stopped coming in.
The nation has long moved on from the business tumult caused by World War II. But the government has not, even though farmers' dried grapes are turning into sour grapes.
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One more of the million examples of why the Government should stay out of everything.
Government employees, especially OBozo are idiots.
Taking the raisins without compensation should be against the farmers' Constitutional rights.
GOVERNMENT loses recipe for making raisins, begins to hoard and seize them at gunpoint!
Well it would make sense with the dopes in charge today!
Perhaps it would be best if every government program, even every law they pass should be subject to a sunset provision. Congress' machinations could then be reviewed every five years and either be allow to die or be renewed if deemed necessary.
Bill Clinton's gun ban is a perfect example; once it expired it was not renewed because it proved to be useless in its stated purpose of improving public safety, as well as proving the fallacy of that flawed ideology as seen with recent attempt to pass it again.
At the very least it would keep Congress busy taking care of old business that they won't have time to dream up new ways of screwing the people.
Why, that's a violation of my Constitutional rights! You can have my raisins when you pry them from my cold, dead rabbits...
The Reserve Program has not been used in three years and the USDA pays no California Raisin Growers any subsidy when there were reserves due to overproduction. It wa funded 100% by the growers. From the article above and the comments made no one knows what they are talking about.
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