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  •  Rick Perry, Texas Governor, made his entry into (3+ / 0-)

    statewide politics by running for State Agricultural Commissioner.  The big issue of the day:  The incumbent Democratic officeholder - Jim Hightower - had issued regulations that farm workers be notified when pesticides would be sprayed on the fields and the spraying not start until the fields were cleared of workers.  

    Rick Perry led the opposition -- literally advocating the spraying of farm fields with the workers still there! Perry ran against Hightower and won.  The rights of the workers have been going downhill ever since.

    Most infamously, when liberal Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower sought to require farmers to meet some basic safety requirements for use of pesticides, Perry led the opposition. Hightower merely sought to require public posting of when pesticides would be used and what dangerous chemicals they contain, so that farm workers and neighbors could take precautions. Farm workers would also have been not allowed into fields for a time after spraying.

     The chemical industry was not pleased. Perry, as chair of the relevant subcommittee in the legislature, tried to revoke the Agriculture Commissioner’s rule-making authority and to make the position appointed rather than elected. When that failed, Perry switched parties to run against Hightower, winning his first statewide election in 1990.

    Chemical Rick:


    Perry ran against a Hightower rule requiring farmers to get their workers out of the fields before they sprayed pesticide on them, and won.

    What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes

    by YucatanMan on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 12:54:33 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for this. We live surrounded by (3+ / 0-)
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      orchards, and while the workers have re entry intervals, we do not.  

      Also there are published intervals for the general public which are three to four times longer than for the workers.

      Local residents = 0

      Ag workers = 2

      Civilians = 5

      Very skewed system.

      Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 02:45:15 PM PST

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