Monday, May 07, 2012

Anybody But Huffman!

It should be no surprise that I hate Democratic congressional hopeful Jared Huffman's guts. If there's a piece of nanny state legislation in this state, Huffman's been either a sponsor of, or at least voted for it.

His crowning achievement is probably the "Egg Safety Act", or something along that line, that essentially shuts off the flow of eggs from out of state unless they meet California's "cage free" standards. When Prop 2- that cage free egg initiative- fully takes effect and the price for a dozen eggs goes to $4.00 or more, you'll have Jared Huffman to blame.

I don't know that North Korea even does that sort of thing. We should be in a shooting war over this, since it literally takes food from people's mouths.

Huffman must be defeated. A tall order as he seems to be the favorite in this Authoritarian state and district. The only chance for defeating him lies with the Republicans, but not in the way some might think: The Republicans need to come together in force and back another Democrat in the primary.

A fairly prominent local Republican pointed out to me a while back they have a good chance of getting their candidate into the general election, despite the new blanket primary. With so many Democrats in the race, their vote will be split. With 30% or so of the registered voters being Republicans, that might well be enough to get Republican Dan Roberts into the November runoff. Except Dan Roberts has little, if any, chance against Huffman.

The Republicans need to join together and support the other Democrat most likely to win. That looks to be either be Susan Adams or Stacey Lawson. If they do, perhaps we can get one of them into the runoff. Then there's a decent chance of winning if the Republicans all back the anti- Huffman candidate.

The only downside to my proposal is that it assumes the Republicans won't back a proven authoritarian like Huffman. It also assumes Republicans would be willing to put aside their fraternal ties to the party and think of the bigger picture.

Those downsides are pretty big as I've found Republicans have their fair share of Authoritarians who might support Huffman because he "gets things done". I've also found most Republicans- at least the ones I know- are fraternal above all else, including issues.

Things don't look good under even my proposed scenario and the bad guy will likely win again.


At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You provide a valuable public service, Fred. Now I know I'm voting for Huffman. Thank you!

At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, I'll now be voting for Huffman

thanks fred

At 9:04 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

No surprise. Authoritarians agree, it's Huffman!

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Eric Kirk said...

Actually, the Republicans I've spoken to are mostly backing Huffman, probably as the "right wing of the possible."

On the eggs, Winco already sells two brands of eggs which are cage free for under $3.00 per dozen. I suspect that the price will drop even further when economies of scale kick in. Cage free isn't really that much more expensive. They're not really cage free, just in bigger cages, which means they have to hire a few more people to watch over them. The birds still don't see the light of day in most cases. There's a big difference between "free range" and "cage free." Cage free just means they can move around, a little bit, and it means they have to be watched so they don't fight.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

No surprise there. I suspect most Republicans up here, and especially "down there" will chose Huffman.

As far as eggs, that remains to be seen. I noticed a while back Winco had tons of some organic eggs (probably not the same as cage free) at $4.00 a dozen. First time I saw that and couldn't help but wonder why. Didn't look as if anyone was buying any.

I'd say it's unlikely the price will be as low as you say if only because the egg farms are going to have to pay millions to change their cage layouts. They have to recoup that money somehow.

Also consider that without the pressure of competition from outside the state, they can pretty much charge whatever they want, just as dairies do for milk, although the milk thing is a different scam.

At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Eric Kirk said...

As I noted with cigarrettes, prices are dictated by consumption. Since there are already cage free eggs for much lower than $4.00 per dozen, then the prices will have to be competative. Certainly, those companies which planned ahead will benefit.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Slightly off- topic but I've noticed at least one guy, maybe two, on Craigslist selling "organic" eggs for $4.00 a dozen.

Seemed rather odd to me. Most folks I've known that raised chickens, myself included, usually had more eggs than they could handle and would often give them away.


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