Obama Appoints Monsanto Lobbyist as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

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Michelle Anderson
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Obama Appoints Monsanto Lobbyist as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

My extremely liberal friends are upset about this item.

[quote]Today, President Obama announced that he will recess appoint Islam A. Siddiqui to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Siddiqui is a pesticide lobbyist and Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, an agribusiness lobbying group that represents Monsanto.
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(And reading the fact sheet at the end, one wonders WTF is Barack Obama doing and/or thinking?)

Here, in a nutshell, is the way he gets around the "policy" about lobbyists:

After 28 years at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Islam Siddiqui joined the Clinton Administration where he served in the Agricultural Marketing Service and then spent 4 years as the senior trade advisor to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.

In 2002, he became a lobbyist for CropLife America, the lobbying group for pesticide and herbicide manufacturers.
He technically gets around Obama's executive order restricting lobbyists because he last registered as a lobbyist in 2004. Currently, however, he serves as CropLife’s Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs.

So, while Siddiqui works for a lobbying organization as the VP in charge of regulatory affairs, he isn’t registered as a lobbyist, meaning he supposedly spends less than 20 percent of his time talking to government officials.

Direct quote from my very liberal friend:
[quote]Increasingly, we are finding that the real “Obama change” is not from past administrations to this one, but from the campaign rhetoric to the governing reality.[/quote]

Islander
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Gee another promise broken,

Gee another promise broken, whats next taxes

Katahdin Farmer
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Im not a liberal Im more

Im not a liberal Im more conservative than most people on here and I think this reeeeks of coruption. Monsanto is an evil company (see movie Farm INC, read the Omnivore's Delimma by Mike Pollan). Monsanto is big corn.

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Monsanto is big corn and

Monsanto is big corn and didn't we just increase the amount of ethanol to be produced?

Robert
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Please take the time and

Please take the time and watch these videos.

Our Friends At Monsanto

Robert
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Monsanto Patent For A Pig
Katahdin Farmer
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google Monsanto. Youll have

google Monsanto. Youll have all the info you need to make up your mind yourself

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I am pretty sure that we all

I am pretty sure that we all know about Monsanto...but be that as it may...the point that keeps drilling through my skull is that candidate Obama made a promise to not choose lobbyists in his cabinet...but President Obama has apparently never heard candidate Obama speak on the matter...

Monsanto is bad...that a lying scoundrel who does not care that the public knows he is a lying scoundrel now runs the most powerful country in the world is catastrophic...

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Katahdin Farmer
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http://www.foxbghsuit.com/oakhurstdairy.htm

Do you remember this? Monsanto sued Oakhurst

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