September 27, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Where's the Soy?

Tom Tomorrow on how George W. convinced the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to break its nonpartisan tradition and endorse President Bush.

Federal regulators wanted the cattle industry to stop feeding their herds the ground up carcasses of diseased cattle, cow cannibalism being the method by which mad cow disease spreads from one cow to the next.

But apparently the elimination of this handy source of animal feed would cost the cattle industry some money, so lobbyists whispered in the right ear, and the proposed regulation was scuttled. In short, the Bush administration is playing politics with public health in exchange for an endorsement.