Kosher Tax Simplified
In accordance with Jewish law, Kosher is a dietary regulation. Jews are 2% of the US population but 41% of US packaged foods are kosher. [Source] Kosher extends to non-food products.
US manufacturers pass the cost of kosher certification onto US consumers. [Source] Jews have a literal monopoly on certification.
Simply put, goyim pay Jews a tax for the privilege of submitting themselves to Jewish law. However, Americans are forbidden from taxing the certifiers. [Source]
Manufacturers must contact an agency and pay a fee for a Rabbi [Source] to fly out and inspect the ingredients, equipment and cooking process to ensure they’re kosher. Even equipment like pots & pans must be certified kosher. [Sources: 1, 2]
Kosher certified restaurants are on the rise. [Source]
Certification agencies require daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and surprise inspections. In a 1989 The New York Times article, Rabbi Harvey Sentor stated:
The cost depends on the complexity of the product. A food with sensitive ingredients might require more surveillance by a rabbi. [Source]
More rabbi surveillance means higher fees for manufacturers and higher kosher tax for consumers.
Not a single agency publishes certification fees. Fees are not fixed and depend on the manufacturer’s ability to haggle. Manufacturers never disclose fees under the pretence they were granted a good deal. The inspecting rabbi can insist on a percentage of profit or gross annual sales. [Sources: 1, 2]
US $12 Billion Annually
Market research firm Persistence estimated that the kosher industry is worth over $24 billion and projected it will be worth $60 billion in just seven years. [Source]
Orthodox Union confirms the US market alone accounts for $12 billion annually. [Source]
Boycott, Extortion & Blackmail
Manufacturers that forgo kosher certification, risk food chains not retailing their product:
I wrote to a local maple syrup producer asking them why they agreed to have their products ‘kosher certified’. The answer was very honest:
"If we did not have a kosher symbol on our products, the food retailers would refuse to put them on their shelves." [Source]
Hotels have been threatened to have their kosher certification revoked for erecting Christmas trees. [Source]
New York’s Kosher Enforcement Agency is evidence of the US government upholding Jewish law by policing the religious purity of food. [Source] There’s no separation of Synagogue and State because the Synagogue is the State.
No Benefits & Illogical
It’s claimed that kosher is healthier and the cost of certification is negligible. Kosher certifiers falsify both claims and admit religious superstition:
"Kosher doesn’t taste any better; kosher isn’t healthier; kosher doesn’t have less salmonella," Rubin said. "Religion is not based on logic."
"You can eat a Holly Farm chicken and not know the difference," he said. "But a Holly Farm chicken sells for 39 cents a pound on sale. Kosher chicken, especially right before the holidays, can sell for $1.69 a pound. There’s a lot of money to be made." [Source]
In kosher slaughterhouses, Jewish law unnecessarily requires the animal to be fully conscious and hung upside down so it chokes on its own blood when its neck is cut from ear to ear.
Thomas Jefferson said it best:
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.
These are the people “protecting” the public from corporate abuses.
Haha! I think I’m a person born in the wrong century . . . trans-temporal?
Who says politicians don’t create anything worthwhile? This is damn good comedy:
A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns.
Sen. J. B. Jennings, a Republican who represents Baltimore Harford Counties, introduced “The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013″ on Thursday, reports The Star Democrat.
“We really need to re-evaluate how kids are punished,” Jennings told The Star Democrat. “These kids can’t comprehend what they are doing or the ramifications of their actions.”
“These suspensions are going on their permanent records and could have lasting effects on their educations,” he added.
A nationwide flurry of suspensions seemed to reach an absurd level recently when Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a strawberry, pre-baked toaster pastry into something resembling a gun. (RELATED: Second-grader suspended for breakfast pastry)
“I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top of it and kind of looked like a gun,” the seven-year-old told Fox News.
“But it wasn’t,” he astutely added.
As Reason’s Hit & Run blog noted, Park Elementary School officials later offered counseling to other students who may have been traumatized by the pastry.
Keep in mind, this counseling for a gun-shaped pastry is being offered in a country where kids used to bring rifles to school, leave them in their lockers, then walk home along the corn fields shooting vermin.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a 75-year-old soybean farmer’s appeal against biotech giant Monsanto, in a case that could permanently reshape the genetically modified (GM) crop industry. Victor “Hugh” Bowman has been battling the corporation since 2007, when Monsanto sued him for violating their patent protection by purchasing second-generation GM seeds from a grain elevator. An appeals court ruled in favor of Monsanto, and despite the Obama administration’s urging to let the decision stand, the nine justices will hear Bowman make his case today.
Monsanto is notorious among farmers for the company’s aggressive investigations and pursuit of farmers they believe have infringed on Monsanto’s patents. In the past 13 years, Monsanto has sued 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses, almost always settling out of court (the few farmers that can afford to go to trial are always defeated). These farmers were usually sued for saving second-generation seeds for the next harvest — a basic farming practice rendered illegal because seeds generated by GM crops contain Monsanto’s patented genes.
Monsanto’s winning streak hinges on a controversial Supreme Court decision from 1981, which ruled on a 5-4 split that living organisms could be patented as private property. As a result of that decision, every new generation of GM seeds — and their self-replicating technology — is considered Monsanto’s property.
Louisiana state regulators recently cracked down on a supermarket chain’s weekly promotional deal because it was selling milk too cheaply — which violates state law.
The upscale Fresh Markets was selling gallons of milk for $2.99 as part of a weekly promotional deal. Louisiana requires that retailer price markups be at least six percent above the invoice and shipping costs of the product.
Maybe the citizens of tiny Sedgwick on the Maine coast were listening to the calls of Dave Milano, Ken Conrad, and others for more trust and community, and less rigid one-size-fits-all food regulation.
On Friday evening, they became perhaps the first locale in the country to pass a “Food Sovereignty” law. It’s the proposed ordinance I first described last fall, when I introduced the “Five Musketeers”, a group of farmers and consumers intent on pushing back against overly aggressive agriculture regulators. The regulators were interfering with farmers who, for example, took chickens to a neighbor for slaughtering, or who sold raw milk directly to consumers.
The proposed ordinance was one of 78 being considered at the Sedgwick town meeting, that New England institution that has stood the test of time, allowing all of a town’s citizens to vote yea or nay on proposals to spend their tax money and, in this case, enact potentially far-reaching laws with national implications. They’ve been holding these meetings in the Sedgwick town hall (pictured above) since 1794. At Friday’s meeting, about 120 citizens raised their hands in unanimous approval of the ordinance. (Read more)
Tis the season to give thanks. And for the last 80 years, the federal government has required raisin producers to “give thanks” for the privilege of selling their raisins nationally by requiring them to fork over up to half of their raisins – for free. A lawsuit raising a constitutional challenge to the program has now made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is Horne v. Department of Agriculture.
The program, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has a rather Orwellian-sounding name – the “Raisin Marketing Order.” In a nutshell, under this program, every year, as a condition for “letting” farmers sell their raisin crops in interstate commerce, the federal government has taken up to 47% of the farmers’ raisins – often for no payment at all, or below the cost of producing the raisins. The program has its origins in Great Depression efforts to fix the prices of agricultural crops. (Read more)
An Oregon man is expected to spend a month in jail after being convicted on nine misdemeanor charges related to his illegal use of…water. Gary Harrington was sentenced after being found guilty of illegally collecting water on his own rural property.
Harrington, of Eagle Point, Oregon, has been fighting for his right to do what he wishes with water since 2002. Now more than a decade after he first defended himself over allegations that the man-made ponds on his 170 acres of land violated local law, Harrington has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars and fined over $1,500.
Authorities say that Harrington broke the law by collecting natural rain water and snow runoff that landed on his property. Officials with the Medford Water Commission contested that the water on Harrington’s property, whether or not it came from the sky, was considered a tributary of nearby Crowfoot Creek and thus subject to a 1925 law that gives the MWC full ownership and rights. Therefore prosecutors were able to argue in court — successfully — that three homemade fishing and boating ponds in Harrington’s backyard violated the law.
For filling “three illegal reservoirs” on his property with runoff water, Harrington has been convicted on nine misdemeanor charges in Circuit Court. He says he will attempt to appeal, but as long as the conviction stands to serve 30 days of imprisonment. He has also been sentenced to an additional three years of probation. (Read more)