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Senator LeMieux Set To Oppose Dream Act After Backing Food Safety Bill

by Javier Manjarres

The controversial ‘Food Safety Modernization Act’ was passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by a 73-25 margin, and amongst those who voted in support of the bill was Florida Senator George LeMieux.  Many conservatives view the bill as just another big-government confiscation of liberty coupled with yet another tax increase.  Luckily, typical Democrat ineptitude may stall the passage of this bill, as Democrats in the Senate have conveniently ignored Constitutional provisions that require all revenue-raising bills to originate in the House.  But constitutional concerns about the bill, let alone the bill’s merits, did not stop Senator LeMieux from voting in favor of the bill.  The bill authorizes the Food and Drug Administration to more tightly regulate and recall food products that are manufactured by food suppliers.

“Expanding the Food and Drug Administration will harm small businesses and raise prices at the grocery store — all without having a meaningful impact on food safety.” – Senator Tom Coburn

The next major piece of legislation that will come to a vote during this ‘Lame Duck’ legislative session is the misleadingly named ‘Dream Act’.  Democrats are desperate to pass this bill as the final days of their unchecked power in Congress comes to a close.  Senator LeMieux voted against the Dream Act back in September when Democrats tried to cram it down the public’s throats by attaching it to a defense authorization bill.  Yesterday, a spokesman for Senator LeMieux reiterated to the Shark Tank that “he plans on opposing” the Dream Act.

Senator LeMieux has been targeted by pro-Dream Act groups that have tried very hard to persuade him to support the bill, but it does not appear it’s going to happen.  The Dream Act, as we have previously documented, has little to do with making children legal citizens so much as it is about granting amnesty to as many illegal aliens as possible.  LeMieux’s term as Senator ends in January, when now Senator-elect Marco Rubio will take over.  Rubio is already on record with his strong opposition to the Dream Act.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. tarpon December 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I wonder, will Latinos ever figure out how the dream is their nightmare? Low wage earners first to get hurt by even more low wage earners. And sticking the “college grad” tag doesn’t make it any different.

  2. Alexander Snitker December 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Does anyone know why Senator LeMieux voted for S510? I called his office but was unable to get an answer

  3. Marilyn December 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    The farm bill was bad for the wallet. Food prices will increase for all income levels. The other payoff to black farmers and Indians was riddled with fraud. When will these folks in Washington remember they aren’t spending THEIR money – they’re spending ALL TAXPAYERS!!

  4. LizaH22 December 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Lemieux is and always will be a Charlie Crist Republican. I hope he votes no on the DREAMnesty Act, but I learned long ago not to trust Charlie or his closest friends when it comes to important stuff.

  5. Bryan K Donnelly December 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Well, at least Le Mieux got ONE right. He should have opposed the idiotic “food safety” bill as well. Guess he’s still thinking like his late unlamented mentor, Charlie “suntan man” Crist; brain dead “moderates” like “food safety.” Not to worry though, this his LAST two weeks as a US Senator. Genuine conservative Republicans will reject him in our 2012 primary. We need a real Marco Rubio style conservative who’ll BEAT Bill “moderate in Florida, socialist in Washington” Nelson. I suggest the new president of the Florida Senate, Mike Haridopolous (R. Melbourne.) But there are lots of other REAL Repubicans unlike Mr. Le Mieux. THIS foolish Obama agenda vote is just another nail in his political coffin.

  6. greengoblin011 December 2, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Liza and Bryan are right on. George was made by Charlie Crist, and I don’t think anyone will ever forget that, no matter how he votes in these last few weeks.

  7. Dan December 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Pepe’ Lepew and Bennedict Brown too… Are mere Votes for sale. Hidding under the guise of Conservative Republicans, they steal away our Liberties and increase taxation in the dark of night. We need to remember who the traitors are, who are truely for smaller government and self reliance and who is “FOR SALE”. Never and I say NEVER shall we let these ARSES ever hold a public office, not even that of a Dog Catcher. I heard Pepe speak last month as he demonized the corrupt Chris Dodds Financial Reform Bill with it’s built in BAIL OUT for bankers… Yet, I had only one question. Why the hell did you VOTE for it? A true sleeze this liar, thief and moron is. I have no doubt that he will vote for the Dream Act once the shadows offer him a big money maker for himself…. REMEMBER, REMEMBER, REMEMBER when he comes a calling for another post in the future… and shame on those who forget his deception.

  8. GenEarly December 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Let this “moderate” Crist appointed Senator be a lesson to us, NEVER compromise on Freedom or The Constitution! Never elect moderates on Values or the Free Market. This guy just voted for a 5 Year Stalin Farm Program. FDA will write the regulations outlawing natural seeds,small farmer produce,vitamins,etc. Not immediately of course, give it a few years to saute before your personal garden is illegal. We still have FDR Progressive control laws from the New Deal that strangle small farm production and profits.

  9. Tamara December 3, 2010 at 3:08 am

    he got a good cursing out from me ….because he voted on something he knows nothing about …destroying our family farms ….he should be persona status non gratis ….


  10. Tamara December 3, 2010 at 3:12 am

    AND the food modernization bill is still not complete….

    We have one more chance to stop this bill at it faces reconciliation in the house, then must go back to the senate for a final vote before going to the PREZ…..

    lets stop it now!

    phone your current representative ….

  11. grandmaof5 December 3, 2010 at 5:11 am

    To everyone who entered this country by the front door, thank you. You have sacrificed alot to do the right thing and you should be shouting “NO” on the Dream Act to anyone who will listen and emailing Congress to vote no. The Dream Act cheapens your citizenship by allowing those who have not earned their place in America to become a citizen. I have been ot a naturalization ceremony and there were tears of joy that you earned by doing the right thing. Speak up and be heard.

  12. Craig December 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    He chose poorly!!!!

  13. Republican! December 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    You can’t trust this guy! He is a MODERATE and he was Charlie Crist’s right hand man!

  14. Geo December 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

    His vote for FedGov control of our food supply should disqualify him from Repub nomination against Nelson in 2012 race.

  15. linda December 22, 2010 at 10:29 am

    S501 ?In this article, I’ll share with you the full and true story of how Big Government has already run rampant over the rights of individuals to grow their own food — I’ll even cite the US Supreme Court decision that “legalized” this tyranny.

    How the tyrants came after a farmer named Roscoe Filburn
    It all starts with a farmer named Roscoe Filburn, a modest farmer who grew wheat in his own back yard in order to feed his chickens.

    One day, a U.S. government official showed up at his farm. Noting that Filburn was growing a lot of wheat, this government official determined that Filburn was growing too much wheat and ordered Filburn to destroy his wheat crops and pay a large fine to the federal government.

    The year was 1940, you see. And through a highly protectionist policy, the federal government had decided to artificially drive up the prices of wheat by limiting the amount of wheat that could be grown on any given acre. This is all part of Big Government’s “infinite wisdom” of trying to somehow improve prosperity by destroying food and impairing economic productivity. (Be wary any time the government says it’s going to “solve problems” for you.)

    The federal government, of course, claims authority over all commerce (even when such claims are blatantly in violation of the limitations placed upon government by the Constitution). But Roscoe Filburn wasn’t selling his wheat to anyone. Thus, he was not engaged in interstate commerce. He wasn’t growing wheat as something to use for commerce at all, in fact. He was simply growing wheat in his back yard and feeding it to his chickens. That’s not commerce. That’s just growing your own food.

    But get this: The government insisted he pay a fine and destroy his wheat, so Filburn took the government to court, arguing that the federal government had no right to tell a man to destroy his food crops just because they wanted to protect some sort of artificially high prices in the wheat market.

    This case eventually went to the US Supreme Court. It’s now known as Wickard v. Filburn, and it is one of the most famous US Supreme Court decisions ever rendered because it represents a gross expansion of the tyranny of the federal government.

    The US Supreme Court sided with government tyranny
    The US Supreme Court, you see, ruled that Roscoe Filburn’s wheat could be regulated and destroyed by the federal government simply because Roscoe’s wheat production might reduce the amount of wheat he bought from other wheat producers and therefore could impact interstate trade.

    Now stay with me on this, because this is a really, really important point to understand.

    The federal government claimed authority under the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution (Article 1, Section 8), even though the Commerce Clause was originally written primarily to prevent states from erecting tariffs, not to allow the federal government to control interstate trade. But thanks to the twisted interpretation of the government — and believe me, the government will twist every interpretation it can in an effort to assert more power over the population — the feds claimed that Filburn’s growing of his own wheat effectively reduced interstate commerce in wheat. Therefore, they reasoned, they could regulate his backyard wheat production (and order him to destroy his wheat).

    Because of this US Supreme Court decision in 1942, it now means the federal government can order you to halt food production in your own back yard by arguing that when you grow your own food, the amount of food you purchase from other food providers is reduced, meaning that your food production impacts interstate trade and therefore can be fully controlled by the federal government.

    In other words, the federal government claims the authority right now — even without the Food Safety Modernization Act — to knock on your door and order you at gunpoint to destroy all the food in your garden, your greenhouse or your farm. They can order you to destroy all seeds in your possession and all food harvested from your own garden. And they can do all this with the full protection of U.S. law by simply citing the precedent set in Wickard v. Filburn in 1942 as ruled by the US Supreme Court.

    Why the naysayers will probably starve
    Still think you have the right to grow your own food? I’ve heard all sorts of naysayers claiming that S.510 — the Food Safety Modernization Act — is no threat to small growers and family farms. They say the fears about S.510 are overblown and that the government can’t possibly shut down your backyard gardens or small, local vegetable farms. They say this with the kind of smug certainty you might typically hear from a doctor who thinks he knows everything about human health (but who actually knows nothing about nutrition).

    These naysayers tend to operate out of an assumption that Big Government will never take away their rights and freedoms and that expanding the reach of agencies such as the TSA, FDA, DEA and FTC with even more power and more armed agents is a good thing because the government always takes care of the people. We need more protection from e.coli, they argue, so let’s unleash 4,000 armed FDA agents instead to protect us from bacteria. But who will protect us from the FDA?

    What these ignorant naysayers don’t understand is that government is constantly trying to expand its power to the point of tyranny. As a current example of this, look at what just happened with Chavez in Venezuela. He has now been granted what are essentially dictatorial powers over the country (…). Chavez is now the King of Venezuela, and whatever he says is now law. Venezuelan citizens are now slaves to his tyranny, and they must follow his orders or be executed.

    The United States is moving in precisely the same direction. First, power gets stripped away from the People little by little. Then it gets concentrated in the hands of a few regulatory agencies who write their own laws and who stay in power year after year because none of their officials are elected. (Think the FDA commissioner is elected by the people? Think again…) And then, over time, a few powerful individuals concentrate power from those agencies into their own hands. Before long, the country is run by a handful of power-crazed tyrants who disregard all freedoms and rights of the People.

    This is precisely what the FDA is doing with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Backed by yet more funding and a new army of agents, plus the Supreme Court ruling that says the federal government can order you to destroy the food you’re growing in your own back yard, the FDA can now pillage the countryside, going from farm to farm and house to house, burning fields and ordering the citizenry to destroy their plants, seeds and crops. This is exactly what they’ve been doing to raw milk producers and food coops, by the way (…).

    That is no exaggeration. It is a documented “legal” precedent established in Wickard vs Filburn, and it can be used at any moment to destroy the ability of people to grow their own food, thereby making these people totally dependent on dead processed food (which is always FDA approved if it’s dead, of course) made in food factories that churn out nutritional deficiencies and death.

    What will you eat when the government destroys your local food supply?
    You see, under the argument that your backyard garden “impacts interstate commerce,” the federal government can order you to simply spray Roundup on your entire garden in order to kill it.

    What will you eat then? When the GMO crops suffer a mass catastrophic failure, and the monocultured wheat dies from a global viral infection called ug99 “rust” (…), what will you eat?