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Re: Government farm payments!!!

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Posted by paul on October 10, 2012 at 11:25:30 from (

In Reply to: Re: Government farm payments!!! posted by lloyd in sc on October 10, 2012 at 09:44:38:

Still is?

Only reason they can list it is because it's _not_ a welfare problem.

Farming you put money into your land, put seed and fert into it in the spring, harvest a crop in fall, sell it into the next summer. Livestock are similar - a long term investment with a low payoff.

Then the govt comes along with grain embargoes or crop policy changes, and messes up the markets - we don't have 'free' markets with all the policy games of the govt. And we have spent $1000 an acre on inputs to feed the world, and the govt changes policy and the 'free market' now only pays $3 a bu for corn. And all farmers are kaput....

No one could last in farming without some backstop to guard against these govt games.

So, some form of govt backstop of bulk commodities is needed by the govt.

I'd love it if the govt got out of farming, got out of supporting John Deere, and got out of supporting whatever business you happen to be in. I'd love to operate in a good regulated but truely free market all across the board.

But - it isn't ever going to be like that. Govts sink themselves into business, that is their nature.

I would find it very odd for agriculture to have to suffer the results of govt intervention, but not get any support whatsoever from govt. Meanwhile, all the other businesses get their tax breaks, snd grants, and infrastructure built up.

But - that is what people like JDseller is asking for - basically free food for his face on my dime, while he continues to suck up all the free govt he gets for his roads, his job, housing grants, etc.

Yea, that does kinda bug me a bit. :)



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