Government does serve a purpose, many of them actually…one is to protect us from threats both without and within. We would be all for the BLM, if they actually lived up to protecting the mustangs of the West, as was the intent of the Wild free-roaming Horses and Burros Act. It is not the government itself that we have a problem with. No, its when government protects other private interest groups such as cattlemen or in this case the Big Lick crowd …that is when government is no longer protecting us. Senator Rand Paul once again drags the big bad wolf word of “Government” out but this time when it comes to the PAST Act. Allowing the true wolves to “self-regulate” the Tennessee Walking Horse industry is the true evil here. ~ HfH
By: Chas Sisk
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on a swing through Nashville that he may co-sponsor U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s proposal to regulate Tennessee Walking Horses, adding that an alternative plan by a fellow Kentucky lawmaker is too intrusive.
The first-term Republican senator from Bowling Green, Ky., said in an interview Monday that he has ruled out backing a bill filed by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., that would step up federal inspections of walking horses. He added that he still is studying legislation put forward by Blackburn, R-Brentwood, that would increase scientific testing of walking horses but not the frequency of manual inspections.
Blackburn’s bill, House Resolution 4098, is favored by Walking Horse trainers and has been co-sponsored by nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the six other Republicans from Tennessee.
Blackburn said she’s spoken with Paul and a few other senators about being the primary sponsor of her bill in the Senate. Paul said he would decide whether to sign onto the bill sometime this week.
“I think government can go too far, even for a good purpose,” Paul said. “No one wants to see horses tortured or mistreated in any way, but I think the Tennessee Walking Horse (industry) has come a long way in self-policing.”