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California raisin farmer battles feds over Depression-era regulation

A California raisin farmer is facing at least $650,000 in fines for defying a Depression-era law that requires him to set aside some of his crop and turn it over to the U.S. government without being compensated.

Marvin Horne of Raisin Valley Farms in Kerman has been breaking the obscure law since 2002 and owes the government 1.2 million pounds of unpaid raisins, which is roughly about the size of his entire harvest for four years, The Washington Post reported.

"I believe in America. And I believe in our Constitution. And I believe that eventually we will be proved right," Horne told the newspaper. "They took our raisins and didn’t pay us for them."

At the center of the dispute is a law passed by Congress in 1937 aimed at protecting impoverished farmers by controlling supply and demand for dried grapes after the Great Depression.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/10/california-raisin...

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Wisconsin has a law requiring any meal costing 15 cents or more

to contain 2 cents worth of cheese.

It is still on the books. And it gets broken every single day.

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Noooo! Where is my two cents worth of cheese?

Now days two-cents worth of cheese would be a crumb. Another good example of the effects of inflation.