HOT BLAST: Beware the federal raisin police
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It's a good bet that if you're not a raisin farmer, or if you're not well-versed in the federal government's agriculture policies, that you didn't know that farmers who grow raisins have to turn over a large portion of their annual crop to the feds.

It's called the "national raisin reserve," and this week it's getting all kinds of publicity due to a Washington Post story and video that highlight one farmer, Marvin Horne of California, who told the government to get its hands off his raisins.

According to The Post, this is the result of a Truman-era law that's still on the books; put simply, the idea is that by reducing the amount of raisins farmers can sell, market prices for the produce will stay high.

Horne doesn't agree; his plight has made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which sent the case back to a lower court. The Post wrote, "... Get Horne talking about the national raisin reserve, and the spirit stirs. Suddenly he can’t find a metaphor hairy enough to express his contempt. It’s robbery. It’s socialism. It’s communism. It’s feudalism. It’s . . .

“You have heard of the rape of the Sabine women? This is even worse,” Horne said, referencing a legendary mass abduction from Roman mythology. “The rape of the raisin growers.”

-- Phillip Tutor

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