How now? Mad cow?

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And don’t be calling me a mad cow!

The government apparently wants to scale back testing for so-called “Mad Cow Disease.”

Mike Johanns, the U.S. minister of cattle, said the testing program was never meant to prevent the disease but rather measure the affliction’s prevalence. I profess to know little about this disease or cattle for that matter, but I think it has been established that BSE is prevalent enough to have infected three cows in the U.S.

I think that some of us who enjoy a good burger or ribeye might feel a little better knowing that the government’s got our backs on this. It isn’t like the USDA has to fight wars or electronically eavesdrop on U.S. citizens. Is keeping watch for Mad Cow too much to ask?

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