Who would like a little irritation to push them over the hump this week?
Exhibit A: Jon Carroll's column, which details the Bush administration's efforts to appoint: William Wehrum as the head of the air quality division of the EPA; former Koch Industries exec Alex Beehler as head of the EPA's inspector general office; Susan Dudley as an OMB official heading up the department that reviews all proposed government rules. Carroll wrote the column after reading the LAT's Apr 1, 07, article, "Bush Again Pushes 3 Nominees Seen as Pro-Industry." This latest executive office caper will not do a lot to ease the U.S. rep as a total first-world jerk. (If you'd like to be piqued over that too, read, "Poor Nations to Bear Brunt as World Warms," NYT, Apr 1, 07.)
Exhibit B: The environment isn't the only place where the regs are about to get a lot looser and our quality of life to get crappier. The government would like to ease up on the definition of "chocolate," so that items that do not contain cocoa butter are officially, legally classified as "chocolate."
The Chocolate Manufacturers' Association is pushing for this, because taking cooca butter out of chocolate makes producing it more efficient, ergo there are rich, delicious profits in it for them. At least in the short term.
Just say no. I say this after having exhausted my stash of Canadian chocolate and seriously considered ordering more.
Candyblog has a great post telling you how you can tell the FDA that you like your chocolate with cocoa butter in it, thank you. Don't Mess With Our Chocolate has another good post on what you can do to make your voice heard.
Hey -- we can't do squat about the recess appointments Bush will likely make. But at least we can complain about the move to lower the bar on chocolate quality.