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Self-Serving “Porker” Seeks To Shut Down Mobile Vets In SC

DANNY VERDIN AIMS TO PROTECT HIS “FAMILY BUSINESS” Earlier this year we brought our readers the story of S.C. Senator Danny Verdin, an Upstate lawmaker who filed a bill seeking to outlaw the transport of live hogs in the Palmetto State without proper registration (i.e. an “all clear” form from a veterinarian). “No…

DANNY VERDIN AIMS TO PROTECT HIS “FAMILY BUSINESS”

Earlier this year we brought our readers the story of S.C. Senator Danny Verdin, an Upstate lawmaker who filed a bill seeking to outlaw the transport of live hogs in the Palmetto State without proper registration (i.e. an “all clear” form from a veterinarian).

“No live swine shall be transported on a public road within the State unless the swine has an official form of identification approved by the State Veterinarian for this purpose,” Verdin’s bill stated.

Jeez …

Why would he propose such a measure?

Well, as we noted in our report, Verdin’s father and brother are both veterinarians – meaning they are in line to profit from a market for porcine inspection and identification.

Anyway, Verdin is back with another attempt at self-service – sponsoring a bill (S. 687) seeking to crack down on mobile veterinary practices.

“While they are an effective supplement to a pet’s health care, (mobile vets) should not be considered a replacement for the full range of services received at a permanent privately-owned veterinary facility,” Verdin’s proposed bill states.  “The availability of follow-up care is critical and mobile clinics are not able to provide that care. The limited use of mobile clinics to focus on basic vaccinations is valuable, but should target underserved areas and not areas where complete and follow-up care is available.”

Um … what?

Verdin’s bill proceeds to go into exhaustive detail on exactly what mobile vets can – and cannot do.  Not only that, the legislation imposes bans on where such facilities are permitted to operate in South Carolina.

“Any mobile practice affiliated with, operated by, or supported by a private, non-profit animal shelter or other animal group shall be prohibited from operating within seven miles of the nearest privately owned veterinarian practice,” Verdin’s law states.

Additionally, mobile vets are required to give free advertising to these practices by identifying “the closest local emergency veterinary services facility to the mobile location.”

Wow …

This is shameless.  Seriously.  We haven’t seen something this overtly self-serving since S.C. Senator Paul Campbell sought to divert millions of tax dollars to the local airport authority that pays him nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year as its, um, “leader.”

Verdin is clearly attempting to manipulate the veterinary marketplace in South Carolina so that practices like the one owned by his family members don’t lose business.

Again, shameless.

Verdin’s treachery was ripped by Karen Martin, leader of the Spartanburg, S.C. Tea Party.  We don’t always agree with Martin, but she got it right on this issue.

In addition to highlighting the adverse public health components of this bill (i.e. the decreasing availability of rabies vaccines and preventative anti-worms medications), she pointed out the unfair imposition it places on licensed veterinary practitioners who have already jumped through government hoops to be able to do their jobs.

Her conclusion?

“The dogs aren’t helped, the cats aren’t helped, the taxpayers aren’t helped, the family members who may be at risk from rabies or parasites aren’t helped,” Martin wrote.  “Remember, these veterinarians get degrees all from the same veterinary schools, and they all passed the same SC licensing boards.”

Martin also warned of the slippery slope associated with such self-serving overregulation.

“Today … the vets lobby.  Tomorrow … who?” she asked.  “Do the carpenters hire lobbyists to stop Habitat for Humanity from moving in on their business?  Do restaurateurs hire lobbyists to keep Mobiles Meals off the road?  Do physicians hire lobbyists to try to shut down CVS store wellness clinics?  I guess that all depends on whether Danny Verdin has carpenters or restaurant owners or physicians in his family.”

Amen to that …

Danny Verdin should be ashamed of himself.  Not only is this a bad bill, it’s one he has no business sponsoring.  In fact, it’s precisely the sort of bill he should recuse himself from voting on – let alone pushing through the legislative process.

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43 comments

TroubleBaby March 24, 2016 at 11:19 am

“but should target underserved areas and not areas where complete and follow-up care is available.”

That truly is shameless. It’s the “anti dog eat dog” rule straight out of Atlas Shrugged.

What a disgusting, crony capitalist pig.

“Do restaurateurs hire lobbyists to keep Mobiles Meals off the road?”

She nailed that one, that was my exact thought.

You better believe it will happen too, probably already has in other states.

Pols love being lobbied for that type of shit because it’s all about the tax collection, and for bureaucrats is a job security issue. It’s a lot harder for government to regulate and tax collect as much from mobile store fronts…which is why they are increasingly popular for people trying to make a living and avoid government regulation.

Those business people that are suffering under the thumb of government regulation and taxation are eager to “level the playing field” because they don’t want to work mobile to compete….and instead of lobbying for a reduction in taxes, which they know they’ll rarely get…it’s easier for them to encourage government thugs to go after the mobile operators.

Sad.

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Flip March 24, 2016 at 11:25 am

Didn’t area restaurants not want a hot dog stand guy to open up shop on Main Street in Columbia?

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shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 11:30 am

If this guy gets riled up his next attack will be on commentators who live or work more than seven miles from Fits HQ — if we say anything negative about him.

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shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

Will, please post a photo of this shameless, self-serving dork. My friends have used these vets for years in addition to fixed-clinic locations and given compliments on their services.

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Trumpism March 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm

Is a shame my friend that these idiots make it more difficult for people to care for their animals.God has instructed us to be good stewards of His creation.

What could be next-partial birth abortions or selling baby parts for profit?What happened to the human race and the valuing of the sanctity of ALL life?

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Sic Semper Tyrannis March 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

But all Muslim dogs have to be killed. Right?

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shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm

What do you call an Amish guy with his arm up a cow’s ass?

Tazmaniac March 24, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Funny one I ran across:

A “heads up” for those men who may be regular Home Depot customers.

Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping.

Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic.

Don’t be naive enough to think it couldn’t happen to you or your friends.

Here’s how the scam works:

Two seriously good-looking 20-21 year-old girls come over to your car as

you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your

windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of

their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look.

When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say “No” and instead ask you

for a ride to another Home Depot. You agree and they get in the back-seat.

On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into the

front seat and starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals

your wallet. I had my wallet stolen November 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the

15th, 17th, 20th, & 24th 29th. Also December 1st, 4th, twice on the 8th,

16th, 23rd, 26th, 30th, three times last Saturday and very likely again

this upcoming weekend.

So tell your friends to be careful.

P.S. Walmart has wallets on sale for 2.99 each.

shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 4:47 pm

100 +++

Tazmaniac March 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm

So what is the answer? With the Amish guy.

shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 4:53 pm

mechanic ..!!

erneba March 24, 2016 at 7:27 pm

That’s funny.

Sic Semper Tyrannis March 24, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Happy?

Flip March 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Still pretending to be a Christian I see…

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Tazmaniac March 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

“Do restaurateurs hire lobbyists to keep Mobiles Meals off the road?”

Probably has been tried before. I think all of Mankind has a corrupt dictator gene in their DNA screaming to get out. Some are more successful at suppressing it than others.

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Mike at the Beach March 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

“Do restaurateurs hire lobbyists to keep Mobiles Meals off the road?”

Um, yeah. In Horry County, the restaurant lobby went nuts when “gut trucks” and mobile restaurants started popping up. I can’t remember the details, but the county either outlawed them outright or regulated them essentially out of business. The market backlash caused them to back down, I think. Crooked ass people…

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Flip March 24, 2016 at 11:23 am

Illegal immigrant pigs? Not on Trump’s watch! LMAO!!!

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shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Q: What do you get when you cross a frog and a pig?
A: A lifetime ban from the Muppet Show studio.

Q: Who is the smartest pig in the world?
A: Ein- swine

Q: What do you call it when you cross a dinosaur and a pig?
A: Jurassic pork!

Q: What’s the treatment for swine flu?
A: If you have swine flu, you need oink-ment.

Q: What do you call a pig with a rash?
A: Ham and Eczema

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CorruptionInColumbia March 25, 2016 at 4:32 am

Good ones!

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Fecal Matters March 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

But I thought Republicans favored less government?!?!

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Ned March 24, 2016 at 11:51 am

Danny is my Senator and he is plain awful. I was hoping we would elect a flagpole as it would be smarter and more pleasant.

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Arf March 24, 2016 at 11:56 am

This is awful. Where will pogo go for his healthcare if this passes?

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changing of the guard March 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Kenny will providing healthcare soon.

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erneba March 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

My dog votes no to this bill.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis March 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Buffee agrees 100%.

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shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 5:18 pm

An elderly lady phoned her telephone company to report that her
telephone failed to ring when her friends called – and that on the few
occasions when it did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang. The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady.

He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber’s house. The phone didn’t ring right away, but then the dog moaned loudly and the telephone began to ring. Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system’s ground wire via a steel chain and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called.

4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate on himself and the ground.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis March 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm

You’re great Henry, love it, thanks.

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shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 8:04 pm

Thanks, that one is cleverly crafted — requires a higher than average IQ to appreciate!

Sic Semper Tyrannis March 24, 2016 at 8:58 pm

I do not suck dicks. Move on.

erneba March 24, 2016 at 7:16 pm

I polled my three dogs today. HollyBelle, Ellie Mae, and Hercules, all three agree. They hate the frigging Vet, no matter what.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis March 24, 2016 at 7:36 pm

Buffee agrees, but she wants all political vets to get out of office asap. She thinks it is a inverted lobby that favors individuals for personal gain. I agreed with her, nothing new other that BULLSHIT.

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shifty henry March 24, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Did you ever walk into a room and and forget why you walked in?

That’s how dogs spend their lives.

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PotholeNikki March 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

What is it with Laurens County? They have one of the most sordid sheriffs in the state, Rick “I screw everyone” Chastain, and now this Verdin guy?
At least the local taxpayers aren’t having to pay for abortions for anyone other than Chastain’s hoes.

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Mom March 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm

The veterinary industry is evolving like many other industries. Veterinarians worry when a Mobile Vet parks his truck down the street from the vet hospital. Personally, I think there will be enough business for all of the vets. There are more pets per capita than ever before and people spend more money on pets than ever before. Mobile vets do one thing and only one thing which in vaccinations. There is no time for a physical exam or to talk about behavior issues or preventative medicine. If they were smart The Association of Veterinarians would form partnerships between the Mobile Vets and the Animal Hospitals.

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Mom March 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Swine can carry disease. He is asking for a certification of health, I presume, for the swine. As a hunter, I can tell you there are wild hogs everywhere. They are a nuisance tearing up the land and they are dangerous to humans. Some people do hunt them and eat them. So we need to make sure swine traveling through the state are not disease-ridden. And by the way, wild hogs are not native here. Unlike deer which were imported to S.C. many years ago by DNR, wild hogs exist only because they got loose from pig farms. So what’s the harm in getting the State Veterinarian to issue a health certificate for swine traveling through the state?

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Fecal Matters March 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Did you stop reading after the first paragraph?

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Beartrkkr March 24, 2016 at 11:38 pm

DNR did not import deer into SC. There were some reintroduced into the upstate, but these were caught in the Lowcountry.

I think the pig transport law was to possibly cut down on the intrastate movement of hogs for release to the wild, exacerbating the wild hog problem.

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Pooty March 25, 2016 at 8:25 am

Nope. They did not break out of pig farms. Hog hunters raise piglets and turn them loose to advance their sport.

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Mom March 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Perhaps nowadays . But it was by accident that wild pigs originally populated the state.

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shifty henry March 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

Then the wild pigs discovered that it was safer to become politicians…..

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Tunes'n'News March 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Wouldn’t preventing live swine from using the roads prevent the House and Senate from convening in Columbia?

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kirby March 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm

the potential profit on high volume vaccine inoculations is incredible. that is probably the real reason this bill has been introduced.

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