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From: TSS (216-119-143-165.ipset23.wt.net)
Subject: Veneman taps another pro beef goon to head up the ag dept OUR MAD COW PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED
Date: December 3, 2004 at 7:37 am PST

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Subject: Veneman taps another pro beef goon to head up the ag dept OUR MAD COW PROBLEMS ARE SOLVED
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 08:51:29 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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Release No. 0510.04


Statement by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman

December 2, 2004

"I congratulate Governor Johanns on being named today by the President to serve as the 28th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He is a good friend whom Ive worked with closely over the years to advance agriculture policy and trade opportunities for Americas farmers and ranchers.

"The President selected an outstanding leader today who has a distinguished career in public service and a clear understanding of agriculture and farm policies.

"Governor Johanns brings tremendous strength to this position and will serve the President, this Department and American agriculture well during the next four years. I have no doubt that he will continue the strong leadership tradition at USDA and build on the many accomplishments this Administration has achieved during its first term.

"I offer my full support to the Governor during this transition and as he begins his tenure at USDA. I also extend my best wishes to the Governors wife, Stephanie, and his family and welcome them to Washington and this great Department."


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Reaction to Johanns nomination mixed

by Pete Hisey on 12/3/04 for
Meatingplace.com

Industry observers seemed to be lukewarm, but not hostile, to the
announcement that Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns would be President George
W. Bush's nominee to replace Ann Veneman as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

Bush himself pointed to a friendship that went back to his days as
governor of Texas, as well as Johanns' experience as a trade negotiator.

"I've known Mike for a number of years, going back to my own service as
a governor," Bush said. "I know firsthand his deep commitment to a
strong farm economy. He's been a leader on drought relief in Nebraska
and throughout the Midwest. He's a strong proponent of alternative
energy sources, such as ethanol and biodiesel. He's traveled the world
to promote American farm exports."

What Bush may have liked as much as Johanns' experience in agriculture
and trade is his allegiance to other parts of the Bush agenda, including
bitter opposition to the estate tax.

Speaking of policy priorities for his second term, Bush said, "We will
stand behind family farmers by keeping taxes low and ensuring the
federal death tax is repealed permanently."

Meat industry reaction to the nomination was muted, but optimistic. (See
Johanns nominated for Agriculture Secretary
,
Meatingplace.com, Dec. 2, 2004.) "We look forward to working closely
with Governor Johanns on the long list of important issues facing
America's agricultural sector," said J. Patrick Boyle, president and
chief executive of the American Meat Institute. "We are confident that
Governor Johanns will continue to provide the strong and persistent
leadership for America's producers and processors that we've become
accustomed to under Secretary Veneman."

The most enthusiastic endorsement of Johanns may have come from The
Humane Society of the United States, which lauded Johanns as "a friend
of the local humane organizations in Nebraska (who) brought a sensible
approach to animal issues in the state," according to HSUS President and
Chief Executive Wayne Pacelle. Pacelle said he was encouraged because
the Secretary of Agriculture is the primary authority over issues dear
to the Humane Society's heart, from humane slaughter methods to medical
testing to treatment of animals in zoos and circuses.

Greetings list members,

Well, it seems our mad cow problems have been solved. NO homegrown
BSE in the USA cattle and by all means those sealed borders are sealed up
tight and the triple firewalls are working, just ask GW;

> As I watched Bush give his speech today in Canada - he was talking
> about beef trade and mad cow - and he said that he ate Alberta beef
> last night for dinner - and he laughed - then he said - and I'm still
> standing this morning - and laughed again! It made me sick to my
> stomach! .....


WITH GWs new pick for Agricultural Secretary being Nebraska Gov.
Mike Johanns ;

> "AS a son of Iowa dairy farmers, he grew up close to the land,"
> Bush said".


WITH all the federal agencies set up to protect the consumer lined
with pro industry goons, our mad cow problems are solved for sure.

Protect the Indusry at all cowst, including human life...

still disgusted in Bacliff, TEXAS..............TSS

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