Monday, May 9, 2011

The Catholic Defender: Cattle Guards

With todays many complex issues that our President and his Vice President must have to contend with i.e., the economy, three war fronts, crime, Obama Care, the upcoming elections in 2012, we can feel their pain.

Actually, some might say because of their positions, we feel our pain.

Well, because of the many extraordinary situation our President and Vice-President must face every day.

I can understand the pressure they are working under. Recently there was a confusing issue concerning Colorado "Cattle" Guards that the Obama Administration had.

For those of you are not from the South West you might not know what a Cattle Guard is.

We have them here at Fort Hood Texas as I would see them all the time.

For those of you who might not know what a "Cattle Guard" is, they are horizontal steel rails put at fence openings, in dug-out places in the roads adjacent to highways (sometimes across highways).

They prevent cattle from crossing over acting as a gate. Cattle will not step on or over the rails keeping the cattle in the correct pasture or lot.

They are called cattle guards. A story has been circulating around about the following:

A few months ago, President Obama received and was reading a report that there were over 100,000 cattle guards in Colorado.

The Colorado ranchers had protested his proposed changes in grazing policies, so he ordered the Secratary of the Interior to fire half of the cattle guards immediately!

Before the Secretary of the Interior could respond and presumably try to straighten President Obama out on the matter, Vice-President Joe Biden intervened with a request that...before any cattle guards were fired, they be given six months of retraining for Arizona Border guards.

"Times are hard", said Joe Biden, "it's only fair to the cattle guards and their families"!

I wonder what they know about "Gaurdian Angels"?

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