In the waning days of the Presidential campaign, much is coming to light. For example, what is Obama’s top priority IF he is elected President? Securing victory in Iraq? Afghanistan? Economic Stability? Tax cuts? Immigration? Give up. Here’s what Obama told TIME magazine reporter Joe Klein, in an interview that will be released on November 10:

As Obama told me in our interview, a government-propelled transition to an alternative-energy economy will be his most important initiative.

Yes, Obama will “jump start our economy” with an “alternative-energy” plan in the form of a $300 billion stimulus package. 

Many are in an uproar, and rightly so, over Obama’s revealing comments that purport to link farming and health issues like Type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke, and heart disease. The Des Moines Register reported on the controversial comment Obama gave to Time magazine:

Agriculture is “partly responsible for the explosion in our health care costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in health care costs.”

The Obama camp fired off a statement saying, “Obama was merely paraphrasing an article by Michael Pollan,” who incidentally is an outspoken critic of U.S. farm policy. If that is the case, then why did Obama quote Pollan in the first place? Here’s the quote in its entirety:

“I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollan about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the meantime, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our health care costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in health care costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board.”

Obama never distances himself from Pollan’s position or indicates he disagrees with him. The statement released by the Obama camp is disingenous, again, and misleadingly glosses over this fact.

Further down in the Des Moines Register article, responding to a question regarding his energy plan, Obama replied:

that farming, enabled by cheap energy, “actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector.” Globally, agriculture is considered a bigger contributor of heat-trapping gases than transportation, but the opposite is true in the United States. Much of the agricultural emissions come from manure and the fertilizer used on crops.

Well, what exactly does Pollan believe about the farming industry? 

Pollan, who teaches journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, has long criticized the wide-scale cultivation of corn for use as livestock feed. He contends that it would be better for the environment and human health to fatten livestock on grass.

So, the veil is lifted. Not only does Obama want to bankrupt the coal industry, his policies would bankrupt the farming industry and the American people. How? Forcing farmers to feed livestock on grass would cut back livestock production, thus meat prices would skyrocket and consumption would decrease. This would increase prices further in order for farmers to stay in business OR farmers would be forced into bankruptcy. A vicious cycle and a sinister, deceptive ideological position based on Global Warming. By the way, Obama feels the same way about our transportation and construction sectors–they all contribute to greenhouse gases and his Energy Plan would force major changes on them as well. What would they be? No one knows; it’s a mystery. 

How does the Obama camp respond to his detractors? More ideology.

Obama’s campaign said his “strong record of standing up for farmers and America’s rural communities speaks for itself.”

The statement also said Obama would “bring the change rural America needs by increasing investments in renewable energy and giving family farmers the support they need by allowing them to diversify their crops and increase revenue.”

McCain has opposed biofuel requirements and subsidies.

Ethanol. That’s the support Obama gives farmers. Guess what? Ethanol drives up food prices.

Supporting ethanol, yet blaming farmers as major contributers to green house gases-even more so than the transportation sector!-and to health issues. Ideology hidden in the mantra of “change.”His policies stem from an ideology that has been hidden from the American public. Obama’s policy will be terrible for farmers and bankrupt our economy, not stimulate it. 

Glad the mask is coming off before Election Day.

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