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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hightower

Re: “Starve the poor, feed the rich

A cut in food stamps means a cut in demand for food means a fall in food prices. The new farm bill will not, I believe (correct me if I am wrong), raise subsidy levels for farmers, which means eventually farm income will decline. At that point farmers will ask for (or demand) higher subsidies or expansion of the food stamp program or both.

My guess is that the so-called "job creators" and their servants in the government are planning to stick it to farmers, like they did to workers, and will reduce subsidies instead, but slowly, over time, so that the bankrupt farmers do not all hit the labor market all at once. Within a decade or two all our food will come from Mexico, just as today all our manufactured goods come from China.

Displaced American farmers will not get food stamps.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/30/2013 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Starve the poor, feed the rich

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.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/30/2013 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Starve the poor, feed the rich

That little food stamp flower does consume 80 percent of the funds in the farm bill.

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Posted by Colorado Rancher on 11/29/2013 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Starve the poor, feed the rich

By the way that little food stamp flower makes up 80% of the farm bill. Farm bill is a misnomer.

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Posted by Colorado Rancher on 11/29/2013 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Starve the poor, feed the rich

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.

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Posted by TejonTech on 11/28/2013 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Starve the poor, feed the rich

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.

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Posted by Colorado Rancher on 11/28/2013 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Miffed at their own actions

The Tea Party is a disease.

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Posted by Indylover on 11/04/2013 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Miffed at their own actions

FATHER OF CRUZ AND HIS WACKIENESS: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/r…

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Posted by gurudori on 10/31/2013 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Miffed at their own actions

don't try to confuse the teabaggers with facts

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Posted by gregR on 10/30/2013 at 3:25 PM

Re: “A perverse twist on agbiz cruelty

Last I checked the only people turning horses into steaks and chops were Obama and the Salazar crime family. And at quite a tidy profit as well.

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Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 09/20/2013 at 9:16 AM

Re: “A perverse twist on agbiz cruelty

big corporate interests enjoying seeing the fruits of their campaign cash. king is a bought and paid for shill. the 1% will always get their way if the majority (middle class) buys in to the corporate propaganda. get the big money out of politics and return it to the people.

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Posted by happyfew on 09/18/2013 at 1:07 PM

Re: “So sayeth the Hedge-funder

Pain: Do you really want the answer? (I'm thinking you don't.) Jobs aren't shipped. The US is losing jobs because 'class envy', empty headed liberals believe Obama when he starts the bullshit about "we must all pay our fair share". What a bunch of crap. The "tax the rich" rhetoric is hardly more than taxing corporations and companies that provide jobs. The US has the HIGHEST corporate tax rate in the world. Now, pain, if you were the CEO of a company that answered to stock holders expecting a return on their investment, would you stay in a place that takes the most of your money?
Your boy Obama has wracked up a debt of over 17 trillion dollars. Obama borrows $.56 of every dollar he spends. He borrows vast sums of that money from China. So, why don't you ask him why he is propping up a communist regime?

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Posted by siggie on 07/27/2013 at 7:12 AM

Re: “So sayeth the Hedge-funder

Really, siggie? Then how come we're supporting the economy of & shipping all those American jobs off to that bastion of socialism, CHINA, after spending decades (and billions of dollars) waging war against Communism?

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Posted by Citizen Pain on 07/26/2013 at 6:16 PM

Re: “So sayeth the Hedge-funder

BAITERs, as Dr. Phil explained, is an acronym that stands for:

B-ackstabbers
A-cusers
I-mposters
T-akers
E-xploiters
R-eckless

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Posted by siggie on 07/26/2013 at 2:36 PM

Re: “So sayeth the Hedge-funder

Good job Jimmy. He took the bait. AGAIN!

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Posted by longtooth on 07/26/2013 at 11:54 AM

Re: “So sayeth the Hedge-funder

Hey Hightower, when is the last time you washed someone's feet, you hypocrite?
It is axiomatic. If you give someone something, they won't even attempt to achieve it themselves. That is the core problem with your Marxist philosophy. It breeds laziness, worthlessness, lethargy, indifference and an entire population if useless sluggards with their hands out.

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Posted by siggie on 07/24/2013 at 6:27 AM

Re: “The anti-choice men of Texas

Laws to make you pay for a sonogram along with the abortion adds big $, especially if you don't have medical coverage. Now they are allowing employers to dictate what our medical coverage will cover and not cover over religious objections like with birth control. Give me a break! ( Are you also going to dictate what I can spend my paycheck on also? No MMJ or alcohol? ) And do you know how much a woman has to pay out each month for reproductive needs? How about $20 for supplies for having a period and $30 or so for birth control. Just another way to sock it to women who get paid less than most men.

Isn't that just another an oxymoronic situation causing women to become impregnated? What if you are a low income family with 3 or 4 kids already? It takes time to save up the money, and now they are trying to restrict it with finances and by taking away the clinics, causing many to have to find a doctor and get an appointment within the time constriction. It took me two months just to get an appointment with a new GP doctor.

Conspiracy theory here- It's just another way to try to control women and our health. I think any man that wants to get a prescription for Viragra should have to prove he can't get a woody, get his wife's permission (or why would he need it and who else is he having sex with?) and lets add an CAT scan to that bill as well. What would you men think of that?

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Posted by gurudori on 07/16/2013 at 5:06 PM

Re: “The anti-choice men of Texas

Moronic Intelligence: (How do you like that for an oxymoron?) since these are the same MEN who voted on Women’s health rights. Can they get any STUPIDER?!

Fringe Factor: Tampons But Not Guns Banned in Texas Legislature
Texas: State Capitol Bans Tampons But Allows Guns by The Daily Beast Jul 14, 2013

With Texas’s state senate once again debating controversial restrictions on abortion, security at the state capitol has been tightened to prevent disruptions from the gallery like those that occurred during state Sen. Wendy Davis’s 11-hour filibuster of the abortion bill on June 26. The Texas Department of Public Safety is searching the bags of anyone entering the gallery to watch debate and confiscating any tampons or maxipads found.

There is concern that these female hygiene products could be used as projectiles and thrown at state senators. However, visitors can still bring guns into the gallery if they have a concealed carry license.

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Posted by gurudori on 07/14/2013 at 7:14 AM

Re: “The anti-choice men of Texas

I thought up a few more oxymorons for you: Republican Right/ Religious Right- both are because they are not always correct! Protective Disenfranchisement- when the republicans vote for a bill that takes away your right to choose in personal situations for your own personal life or welfare. Religious Freedom- only freedom for those who take it away from the other religions/ or belief systems. How do you like chewing on thems nuts for a while, boys? LMAO!

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Posted by gurudori on 07/13/2013 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The anti-choice men of Texas

In that case...let's outlaw murdering children altogether and let the murderous narcissists go to back alleys with coat hangers, because that is what there is right now without this new bill.

If people are sexually responsible there is no need to abortion.

And I ask again, why is a lesbian who will never conceive interested in abortion...not anymore better than men having an opinion on the subject really.

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Posted by TejonTech on 07/13/2013 at 10:25 AM

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