http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul326.html Now on the one hand some of this makes sense as it makes it easy to ID livestock when needed and on an individual/private basis I could/would commend such efforts. However it will cost taxpayers to do this but this is where I have a serious bone to pick with gov't and those who want gov't to do this and that. From the op-ed above read this sentence again but think about all the lobbying and wheeling and dealing in Washington and let this sink in. "Agribusiness giants support NAIS, because they want the federal government to create a livestock database and provide free industry data." You don't seriously think for a minute that some Congressman somewhere came up with this bright idea do you? Here's how the deal really works. The agribusiness realized it needed this database to make it's operation more efficent but really didn't want to foot the cost because of the drain on earnings. The solution was presented by some agribusiness rising star that we could sell this idea to the gov't under other pretenses and get them via the US taxpayer to foot the bill and they, the agribusiness, sit back and reap the gravy off of the gov't handout otherwise known as corp. welfare. Where does it end folks and how far are you willing to let this go on and on? And for toppers I'm sure the agribusiness paid out some nice campaign contributions to those politicians who supported and pushed this measure through for them. This right here is exactly how Washington works and they politize every issue they can in order to manipulate us into footing the bill. Then behind the scenes is some various interest, in most cases a corp. one, who greatly benefits on what otherwise should have been a private matter and listed on that corporation's expense ledger. Wake up people!!!!!!!!