There are so many things wrong with your analysis, Colorado Rancher, it is hard to decide where to begin to correct them.
You write, "The programs are a government ploy to keep food prices low." On the contrary, the program is designed to keep food prices artificially high, and by "artificially" I mean higher than the prices would be in a truly free market.
You write, "Without the programs food prices would raise [sic] to the level that they need to be at in order for a farmer to make a living." Without federal support food prices would fall, farmers would not be able to make a living and most would go bust.
Your most telling comment is, "Many years it doesnt pay to raise a crop, due to weather or price. That is what the programs and insurance are for." For many years now American jobs have been exported to China to take advantage of their enormous supply of slave labor. To paraphrase you, that is what food stamp programs and unemployment insurance is for. The food these "insured" workers consume is not "bread from our neighbors table," as you so sentimentally put it, but excess production that would otherwise be plowed under or destroyed.
So, you begrudge working families access to "programs and insurance" similar to those you enjoy because they might get to eat some food that would have been thrown away anyway.
There is a natural enemy.
That little food stamp flower does consume 80 percent of the funds in the farm bill.
By the way that little food stamp flower makes up 80% of the farm bill. Farm bill is a misnomer.
"...mandated to buy health insurance are not complaining about having to pay for homeowner's insurance, auto insurance, etc."
The government does not require mortgage insurance, home owner insurance, or any other property insurance. The mortgager does as a condition of a loan. If you pay cash, you have the freedom to be stupid and not insure your investment.
You are not required to carry comprehensive insurance on your car. The finance company requires it as a condition of the loan. If your house or vehicle is owned outright, you do not have to insure it.
Liability insurance IS required to insure that one person's stupid or negligent act is at least somewhat covered. Yet, how many people are not responsible enough to carry liability insurance?
Obamacare is an ill conceived, government mandated intrusion in to my life. I have provided for my family's healthcare, and they now provide for themselves.
It's called personal responsibility.
Exactly right Colorado Rancher.
It is amusing to me that liberals all have those little Darwin fish on their cars as a sign of their rejection of Christianity...and then when we get a chance to let survival of the fitness take its course, they reach their hands into our pockets to fund cutting the process short and prevent the gene pool from improving by natural selection.
One of the best flowers in the farm garden has been the food stamp program? Food Stamps should not even be in the farm bill. We are promised life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not bread from our neighbors table. Families take care of each other. It is not the governments responsibility. Why not drug test food stamp recipients? Im sure most taxpayers dont want the hard earned money going to drug users. Most people have to be drug tested for a job. Why not for food stamps?
Farm programs are not accesible to the well off. There are income limits. There are many programs for minorities, socially disadvantaged farmers, and women. What billionaires are you talking about? Many years it doesnt pay to raise a crop, due to weather or price. That is what the programs and insurance are for. The programs are a government ploy to keep food prices low. Without the programs food prices would raise to the level that they need to be at in order for a farmer to make a living. Sure there would be good years and not so good years but it would all level out. At the same time get rid of the food stamps.
Indeed, those of us who are old enough do not remember, and those who are too young do not appreciate the climate of the times. Southern segregationists despised President Kennedy for championing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., and for characterizing integration as a moral issue. A protester at the Dallas airport that day carried a sign that read, "Help Kennedy stamp out democracy!"
Great read, Ralph!
Rich, you write humor but your family pieces are the best. Thanks for sharing...your dad sets a high standard.
We voted on it November 5th...
I remember only one thing vividly since I was very young - and that was the funeral procession. Especially the riderless horse with the backward boots and the constant drum beat. I can still recall the exact sound of that drum beat to this day.
P.S. I also remember being upset that the usual Saturday morning cartoons were not on the TV due to continuous live coverage of all the Washington DC activities (remember there were only three TV channels at the time).
look up US patent number 6630507. that is all the answer and proof you need. for those too lazy that patent us held by the S government on the medical benefits of marijuana
And sorry, I complimented the writer earlier, but it can't be said enough: Thanks, Laura, for writing this.
You guys are right, but Reefer Madness" brainwashing still runs deep :(
they believe what their leaders tell them to believe. but I bet in the coming years that will change.
I will listen harder to the "If you don't live here..." sentiments on the day that PARMMS shuns comments from those on the page that don't live in Manitou :) Till then -- can't we all just behave like adults with different opinions?
Renee, No incidents of ground water contamination? Really? Go to http://cogcc.state.co.us/. Click on database from the menu on the right side. A menu pops up and you will want to choose the Inspection/Incident link one up from the bottom. A menu pops up but all you have to do is pick spills/releases at the very top and then change limit searches from 10 to 100. I haven't checked in a bit so I'll look real quick too. There have been 100 spills/releases since 10/1/13. It appears that there have been 10 groundwater contaminations and 16 resulting in surface water being contaminated. This is per the industries reporting. Most of these spills are 'historic' meaning that they are leaks discovered by workers usually coming from a tank battery. There is no way to know how long oil has been leaking or how much impact it has had. The impacted soil is either back filled or taken to a local dump, untreated. Does this seem environmentally sound to you?
This is awesome! So much of the prohibitionist rhetoric is centered around "protecting" our children. When the public sees the compassionate use of marijuana in children and associates it with a better quality of life for children who need it, we may start to realize our draconian pot policy is actually harming our children, and to protect them, we need to legalize this plant and realize the full potential of its benefit to humanity.
I saw my father go the same way.
Nothing can prepare you for seeing the person you love the most in this world, who was so strong and so smart, reduced by dementia.
I'm so sorry for all involved. Bless you all.
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