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Originally posted by The Cyfre
reply to post by knows_but_doesnt
I live in Tampa Florida which went for Obama just barely and there is no shortage of people who are and have been criticizing Obama for months and months without being called a racist. I just had a discussion today with a guy who thinks Obama is a Marxist and nobody called him out for anything. Where do you live, Nazi Germany?
He hasn't even been inaugurated yet - in other words, his presidency hasn't begun, and so there's little room to criticize him for anything.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Mr. Obama won here in 2008 because he is the better man. I did not vote
but I was going for Obama all the way.
Yes I am white, and not a (Mcain) Bush supporter at all. We need change and not the same old republican agenda in this country that we have had for the last 8 years.
Mr. Obama will bring us change and respect back to this country, I Thank God for this. no joke we all need to get along and respect all.
Uh, what's a nubian?
yes, I said 'n-word', and in basic conversation, and not in a racist statement. look how probably 90% of the people here flinched when they read that word. I'm sure I'll get warnings and U2U's up the wazoo just because I said 'n-word'. I'll know who all the tightends are then, so its a good thing to know.
Originally posted by CharlesMartel
The only person who I know that told me he was voting for Obama, blew his stack when I told him "everyone has the right to be wrong". His rant showed that in his allegedly open mind, he could not conceive of the idea of absolute truth or that people who believed in absolute truth did not have the right to express their opinions because they were "hateful".
Originally posted by Jkd Up
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Originally posted by SANTA CLAWS
When Obama first came on the scene I was all for him, then researched his associations and accomplishments.
WHY does he deserve the office of President ''
Because this is a representative republic and the majority voted him in. If you do not like the way we chose our presidents, perhaps you should look for a different country that picks the one the minority of the people want or one where the leader chooses who will lead. I like that we get to vote every four years but I guess you do not understand how that all works?
Cargill is the second largest private corporation in the U S
2006 Revenue: $75.2 billion
Top U.S. Company in: turkeys, grain exportation, flour milling
Operations in 63 countries
Products Include: Seed, fertilizer, grain,GMOs, meat, poultry & egg products, processed foods, industrial-grade oils, pharmaceutical ingredients
Services Include: Financial services, grain marketing , electricity marketing,& trading
Political Campaign Contributions2 (1990-2006): more than $1.5 million
U.S. Government Connections:
• Dan Amstutz, president of Cargill Investor Services 1972-1978, was the USDA Undersecretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs 1983-1987 and Chief Agriculture Trade Negotiator for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1987-1989 in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In 2003, he was appointed to lead U.S. agricultural reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
• Warren Staley, Cargill CEO, was appointed to Bush’s Export Council in 2003.41 • Daniel Pearson, Cargill VP for Public Affairs, appointed to the International Trade Commission in 2002.
• Ernest Micek, the president of Cargill 1994-1998, was appointed to President Clinton’s Export Council in 1998.
• Cargill is represented on the U.S. Trade Representative’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and the USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade’s Subcommittees on Animal and Animal Products; Grains Feeds and Oilseeds; Processed Foods; and Sweeteners and Sweetener Products.
Monsanto sells GMO seeds worldwide. By contract, farmers are not allowed to reuse seeds
2006 Net Sales: $7.3 billion
Top World Company in: GMO agricultural seeds, herbicide
Global Reach: Operations in 53 countries
Products Include: GMO cotton, soybean and corn seeds, herbicides, bovine growth hormone, swine genetics
Political Campaign Contributions2 (1990-2006): more than $1.2 million
U.S. Government Connections Include:
• Linda Fisher, Monsanto Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto was an FDA staff lawyer 1976-1981, Deputy Commissioner for Public Policy at FDA 1991-1994, and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator 1994-1996. While at the FDA, Taylor wrote the guidelines on milk labeling and rBGH, which was the basis of Monsanto’s lawsuit against Oakhurst dairy
• Monsanto is represented on the U.S. Trade Representative’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee and the USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade’s Subcommittee on Grains, Feed and Oilseeds.
ConAgra Foods are in 96 percent of U.S. households. More then 30 percent of ConAgra’s brands are number one in their category. The annual compensation for the company’s CEO is reported to be more than $11 million, which was more than the combined average net income for 3,300 farm households in 2002.
2006 Net Sales: $11.6 billion
Global Reach: Products sold in more than 100 countries Brands Include: Armour, Butterball turkey, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Kid Cuisine, La Choy, Peter Pan, Slim Jim, Swiss Miss Products Include: Seed, fertilizer components, animal feed, turkey, pork, beef, seafood, processed food
Services Include: Flour milling, food processing, grain handling, storage, trading and merchandising of food, fertilizer and energy
Political Campaign Contributions (1990-2006): more than $2.7 million
U.S. Government Connections:
• Richard Crowder, ConAgra’s Executive Vice President of Armour Swift-Eckrich meat processing 1992-1994, is the U.S. Trade Representative’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator. He was involved with the GATT agriculture negotiations and the 1990 Farm Bill as USDA Under Secretary of International Affairs and Commodity Programs 1989-1992.63
• Mary Waters, ConAgra’s senior director and legislative counsel from 1986-2001, was USDA Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations 2001-2005. 64
• ConAgra is represented on the U.S. Trade Representative’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee.
Squeezing Out Small Processors
2006 Net Sales: $312.4 billion
Global Reach: More than 6,000 stores in 11 countries.
Political Campaign Contributions (1990-2006): more than $5.7 million
Wal-Mart,the one-stop behemoth has been selling groceries for only about 10 years, but it is already the largest food retailer in the world, and growing.
In order to get their products on the shelves at a grocery store, food processors must pay a flat rate called a slotting allowance. This arrangement puts smaller food processors at a disadvantage, because the slotting allowance is a proportionally larger chunk of their earnings than for large processors.
[edit on 29-11-2008 by crimvelvet]