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    WHAT ARE SPECIAL INTERESTS?


    By C Howard Diaz

    Every politician, news commentator, and special interest group has used the term “Special Interests” for many years now. Today’s use of the word implies that a person or group of special interest causes, are being pandered to by the person being accused of pandering.

    If we took a moment to really try and define “Special Interests” it might do us some good, so I decided to see if I could give an honest definition of just what is a “special interest.”

    I would like to define “Special Interest” as how I think it relates to America. I suggest that to say something is a “special interest” implies that it relates to a select few rather than the whole of the community.

    Using that as a basis we would have to all agree that anything: product, mineral, food etc. used or consumed by all or a majority of American’s would not be considered a “special interest.” For an example, food in general cannot be a special interest. We all need food to stay alive.

    So if we look at special interests as things not generally used or needed by most or all Americans we can come up with a list of what the “best interest” items are for Americans

    Staying with food, consider that between 1940 and 1980 America’s output of the 17 most important food, feed and fiber crops increased from 252 million metric tons to 610 million metric tons. The increase was accomplished with only a 3% increase in cultivated area.

    New farming techniques and pesticides account for most of that increase. Without pesticides we would go back to an era where we would not be able to support America’s food requirements. Fighting for the technologies used to increase our food production would not qualify as a special interest cause, but instead a best interest for Americans.

    There are small organizations that are fighting for the elimination of pesticides. This qualifies them as a special interest group because they want to stop using technology for what has already been determined as for the good of America. (As a side note they use false science as their basis.)

    Another example: Almost all Americans use oil, therefore, keeping us supplied with our oil needs can’t be considered a special interest. But people who not only use oil but also complain about the use, attack oil companies daily. They say we are pandering to oil companies when we want to drill for oil in places like northern Alaska. To further their special interest, they have redefined common definitions:

    They call jungles, rainforests.
    They call swamps, wetlands.
    They call deserts, wildlife sanctuaries.

    They call the Alaskan tundra, a wildlife refuge

    One of the most barren parts of Alaska in a location, so small, the Caribou have a hard time finding it, The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This is located on a shoreline on the northern most point in Alaska. These anti-oil drilling people are in the minority around the world let alone in America. Therefore, this qualifies them as an anti-oil special interest group.

    Are you getting the idea yet?

    How about another example? With this one let’s do a little test.

    Would you call the logging industry a special interest or an industry that needs to be managed for the good of all?

    Here’s the test. How many products a day do you use that are made of wood? Here’s a list of items that come from trees so you can check yourself out. Scroll all the way and learn something.

    Acetic acid acetone
    Activated carbon
    Adding machine rolls
    Adhesives
    Adhesives in plaster
    Agricultural chemicals for lemon orchards
    Aircraft propellers
    Alcohol
    Ammunition
    Anionic and cationic collectors for ores
    Anti-foaming agents
    Apartment houses
    Apple storage warehouses
    Arrows
    Art pads
    Art pens
    Artificial snow
    Artificial vanilla flavoring
    Asbestos replacement
    Asphalt
    Atlases and maps
    Auto body undercoating
    Automobile instrument panels
    Award certificates
    Axe handles
    Baking cups
    Bark dust
    Barns and sheds
    Baseboards and moldings
    Basketball courts
    Bats
    Bean poles
    Beds
    Bedspreads
    Beer cartons and labels
    Bibles
    Billboard posters
    Billiard tables and pool cues

    Bird houses
    Black boards
    Boat caulking
    Boats
    Book paper
    Bookends
    Boot jacks
    Bowling alley lanes
    Bowling pins
    Bread wrapping
    Bridges
    Broom handles
    Buckets
    Buttons
    Cable reels
    Calendars
    Camera cases
    Can labels
    Candlesticks
    Candy boxes
    Canes
    Canoes
    Carpenter vises
    Caskets
    Casters
    Cattle feed
    Ceiling tile
    Ceiling timbers
    Cellophane
    Cement dispersant
    Ceramics
    Chairs
    Chocolate cups
    Christmas trees
    Church pews
    Cider
    Cider presses
    Cistern covers
    Cleaning compounds algaecides
    Clipboards
    Clocks
    Clothes racks
    Coasters
    Comic books
    Concrete forming
    Confetti
    Cooking utensil handles
    Corks
    Corn cribs
    Corrosion inhibitors
    Corrugated cartons
    Cosmetics
    Cranberry scoops
    Creosote
    Cribs
    Croquet ball s and mallets
    Cruise ship decks
    Crutches
    Curtain rods
    Cutting boards
    Darning eggs
    Decorative paneling
    Decoys snowshoes
    Desk pads
    Desks
    Diapers
    Diplomas
    Display cases
    Displays
    Disposable medical clothing
    Diving boards
    Docks
    Doll houses
    Doors
    Draperies
    Drums
    Dust palliatives for roads and ores
    Easels
    Egg cartons
    Elevator cabs
    Enamel and wood stain
    Environmental impact statements
    Epoxy resins
    Facial and bath tissues
    Feed tins
    Fence posts and fencing
    Fertilizer
    Fiber tubes
    Fine printing papers
    Fire ladders
    Fireplaces
    Fish feed
    Fishing floats and tackle
    Flagpoles
    Flashlight cases
    Flooring
    Flypaper
    Foam rubber
    Football helmets
    Foundry cores
    Freight cars
    Frozen food packages
    Fruit and vegetable crates
    Fruits and nuts
    Fuel
    Fungicides
    Game pieces and cartons
    Gangplanks
    Garden and marking stakes
    Garden furniture
    Garment bags
    Gavels
    Gift boxes
    Glasses frames
    Goal posts
    Gold tees
    Golf club heads
    Green houses
    Grocery sacks
    Guitars
    Gum
    Gummed tape
    Gun racks
    Gunstocks
    Hair spray
    Hammers
    Hand cleaners
    Hand rails
    Hardboard
    Hardboard tempering oil
    Highway surfaces
    Hockey sticks
    Horse jumps
    Humidors
    Hurdles
    Incense
    Industrial cooling towers
    Industrial patterns
    Industrial toweling
    Insecticides
    Insoles and heels for shoes
    Javelins
    Jewelry
    Kegs
    Kennels
    Kitchen cabinets
    Kites
    Knife handles
    Lacquer
    Lacrosse rackets
    Laxatives
    Leather tanning
    Lighting fixtures
    Linoleum
    Liquid nail polish
    Liquid soap
    Loading platforms
    Lobster pots and floats
    Log houses
    Lubricants
    Luggage
    Lumber
    Magazines
    Map tubes
    Maple syrup
    Marine instrument panels
    Masking tape
    Masts
    Medical stretchers
    Medicated hog feed
    Medicine
    Metronomes
    Milk containers
    Mirror backs
    Missile and radar domes
    Models
    Mousetraps
    Movies
    Name tags
    Napkins
    Newspaper
    Nitrating pulp for artillery
    Novelties
    Oars and paddles
    Observation towers
    Oil and gas well fracturing
    Oil well drilling compounds
    Oilier water treatment
    Organs
    Oxygen
    Paint
    Paint remover
    Pallets
    Panel board
    Paper plate and cups
    Paper size
    Paper towels
    Paperboard houses
    Parallel bars
    Park benches
    Parking tickets
    Particle board
    Pencils
    Penetrating oil
    Phenol resins
    Photographic film
    Photographic slides
    Pianos

    Picture frames
    Piling
    Pine oil disinfectant
    Ping pong balls
    Pipe racks
    Pipes
    Planters
    Plywood
    Polo mallets
    Pontoons
    Popsicle sticks
    Poultry feed
    Poultry houses
    Power poles
    Price tags
    Printing ink
    Pulpits and podiums
    Putting and caulking compounds
    Puzzles
    Race track fencing
    Radio and television panels for electrical circuits
    Rafts
    Railroad crossing gates
    Railroad ties
    Rakes swings barrels charcoal
    Rayon
    Record covers
    Reservoir and reservoir covers
    Restaurant doilies
    Riot sticks
    Rolling pins
    Roof gutters
    Roofing compound
    Roofs piano keys
    Rubber addition agents
    Rubber tires
    Rulers
    Safety and wooden matches

    Sail boats
    Salad sets
    Salt and pepper cellars
    Sand boxes
    Sausage casings
    Sawhorses
    School desks
    Schools
    Seeding pots
    Seesaws
    Sewing machine tables
    Shade
    Shelf paper
    Shipyard timbers
    Shoe trees
    Shovel handles
    Shuttles and pickers sticks for weaving
    Signs
    Skis
    Sleds
    Sleighs
    Snow fences
    Soil additives
    Space craft reentry shields
    Stables
    Stadium seats
    Stage sets
    Stairways
    Stationery
    Statuary
    Steering wheels
    Stereo cabinets and speakers
    Stirrups
    Surveyor stakes
    Tables
    Taffy sticks
    Tambourines
    Tar remover
    Tax forms
    Telephone books
    Telephone casings
    Telephone stands
    Tennis rackets
    Tent poles
    Text books
    Tires
    Tobacco barns
    Toboggans
    Toilet seats
    Toothpicks
    Toothpicks
    Totem poles
    Toys
    Trailers and mobile homes
    Trellises
    Tripods
    Truck bodies
    Trunks
    Turpentine
    TV trays
    Typewriter stands
    Umbrella handles
    Vacation cottages
    Vacuum bags
    Varnish
    Venetian blinds
    Vinegar
    Violins
    Wagons and wagon tongues
    Washing machine impellers
    Waste receptacles
    Water proofing
    Water treatment
    Wax for carbon paper and polishes
    Windbreaks
    Windmills
    Window frames and shutters
    Wine racks
    Wood house foundations
    Work benches
    World globes
    Yachts
    Yardsticks
    Yeast

    So open your ears. When you hear propaganda about “Special Interest” persuading the government or lobbying for a cause – don’t be too quick to think that it is a minority issue. Take time to find out who is making the claim and what they really hope to accomplish. One way or another, they’re usually not defending the majority of us.