God save us all from Gaia-shouters.
Here’s the background: the continuing resolution that’s keeping the government (and that passed last week) included a rider that, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute put it, “codifies existing USDA practices and elements of a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that lower courts should not automatically prohibit the planting of biotech crop varieties, or the harvest and sale of biotech crops already planted, when their commercial approval is revoked for procedural reasons.” As CEI went on to note, this rider (called the Farmer Assurance Provision) is designed to stop nuisance lawsuits filed in order to keep genetically modified organisms out of the market; radical Greenies HATE GMOs, and don’t really concern themselves with the niceties and expectations of normal Western society when it comes to promoting their frankly religiously fanatical worldview.
Which is why the aforementioned religious fanatics are freaking out:
Continue reading War on Science Update: Greenies attack White House over farmers’ rights.
Keith Hennessey thinks that President Obama is bluffing on his veto threat.
President Obama’s veto threat decision is not just about fiscal policy, and it’s not just about who gets blamed for a legislative failure. It’s about whether the President wants to cause a recession in 2013 and hamstring his second term. No matter what he or his advisors say, he cannot afford to take that risk.
It’s a good argument, but it has one small problem: it assumes that President Obama is capable of making a rational risk analysis in this matter, or indeed in any other. Judging from his tenure thus far, President Obama does not have a good handle on judging when other people are or are not serious about their policy positions. So, yes, Barack Obama may indeed veto the eventual deal and thus start a recession. Confidently. Heedlessly. With both eyes open.
:shrug: If that’s how it’s going to go down…