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Hungry under the Emergency Administration [15 Oct 2005|10:34pm]

I find it a little weird that, while the Bush administration is bending over backwards to loosen a slew of health and safety rules that regulate the behavior of contractors involved in rebuilding post-Katrina, they didn't bother to adjust mad cow meat importation rules so that people in need of food could get some.

But, the US is willing to give these 363,000 packages of food, sitting in Arkansas, to other countries who need them.

What is the policymaking logic here? The central concern is clearly not actually the health of the people eating the food, because if that were the case, we would not be offering them up to other people. Nor would we be reading things like:

The Agriculture Department said it is not suggesting that the meals are unsafe but that they do not meet importation standards.

My first guess would be, protecting the interests of the agricultural industry.

Nevermind those clean air regulations. This is an emergency. But, don't even think about touching the mad cow rules.

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