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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Republicans Still Not Serious About Governing, Would Rather Horse Around

Balanced budget: No
Entitlement reform: No
Plan for winning or leaving Iraq: No
Making it a federal crime to kill horses for food: You betcha.
Consuming horsemeat is uncommon among Americans but remains an accepted practice overseas, creating a small market for three U.S.-based horse-slaughter plants. Reps. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) have secured a promise from GOP leaders for a Thursday vote on their plan to close those plants and halt government-sanctioned horse killing. But the bill has run into a surprising amount of opposition in a culture built on pony rides and cowboy movies.

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Another famous horse-lover, Kinky Friedman, the freewheeling singer and novelist turned independent gubernatorial candidate in Texas, said he is watching the bill’s progress with interest...“[The bill’s opponents’] motto is ‘from the stable to the table.’ Our motto is, ‘save a horse, ride a cowboy,’” Friedman quipped.
My previous posts on this issue here and here.