Skip to comments.Big Government Kills the Family Farm
Posted on 08/29/2011 8:34:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
Big government isnt just bad because it is so costly. Big government is toxic because it becomes an over reaching nanny state that tries to protect us from ourselves. Eventually, government reaches its tentacles into our lives and curbs our freedom.
I am going to see this movie, Farmageddon. I am always interested in the plight of the family farmer. One of the reasons I enjoy going to Europe is to eat their fabulous raw milk cheeses. If you havent had one you are missing something. America could have a new vibrant industry of raw milk cheese making if we got better and smaller regulation.
Consider it a jobs program!
We have lost a lot of family farmers over the past twenty years in all kinds of farming because government regulations make it too expensive for them to farm. The organic farming movement is NOT the way to feed the world. However, shouldnt we as citizens be free to choose what we put into our mouths?
I appreciate Michelle Obamas advocacy on eating good food, but I am very uncomfortable with the new regulations and laws that regulate what we can eat. The Food Pyramid is just another chance for different constituencies to lobby. It has no bearing on how healthy you are. In the past number of years, I have avoided eating what the food pyramid recommends. In the past year, I have cut back on my carbohydrates, cut back on my sweets and alcohol consumption, worked out once a week at CityWideSuperSlow and dropped 30 pounds. Being healthy isnt rocket science.
It seems whenever the government gets a hold of idea thats good, it takes it to a level that infringes on your freedom to actually act upon that idea. I love Michelle Obamas vegetable garden at the White House. But, I dont like the USDA and their all out attack on farmers. Government regulation is always a slippery slope.
One thing that is consistent about government regulation no matter what the industry. It kills smaller players and favors the big guys. The more government tries to remedy family farms, the less of them we have. The more government fiddles with the banking industry, the less local banks we have. These smaller players develop local markets that fill niches the big guys ignore. Government regulation will kill off niche markets, and destroy the jobs that come with them. Intense government regulation eliminates your freedom. This is all in the name of protecting us from ourselves.
My assumption is that most of the organic locovores that shop at farmers markets are big time supporters of the Democratic Party. If they really wanted family farms to survive and create new niche markets that create new niche jobs, they might want to vote for candidates that support small government. Right now, that means crossing over and becoming a Tea Partier.
Big government is killing the family farmer. Its killing off whole potential industries.
Government regulation is always a slippery slope.Government regulation is FORMERLY a slippery slope.
Under Obama it's a BULLET TRAIN TO SOCIALISM.
Big govt is killing the family business, too...
November 2012 cant come soon enough...hopefully, it will bring about a change in attitude and a change in direction.
If not, bye bye America as we once knew it.
Government subsidized crop insurance has been the new fashion for the last several years, all it does is take the risk out of farming and that is driving the $600 per acre rent in my opinion. Much like taking the risk out of house mortgages......................
The organic farming movement is NOT the way to feed the world. However, shouldnt we as citizens be free to choose what we put into our mouths?
I at one time promoted using the ISO 9000 standards in agriculture which allowed multiple standards, you just had to prove what you said you were going to do. The customer then decided if that was good enough.
The incredible efficiencies of large farming has had alot to do with the disappearing family farm. Most small farmers I know do it because they love farming even though it is marginal from a business standpoint. That's their choice.
More leftist cognitive dissonance.
They’re all-in for the “family farm,” freedom from ridiculous Gov’t intervention, organic food, etc..., yet it seems many are happy to have Obama and his ilk takeover Gov’t health-care, increasing the budgets of EPA and FDA by 30% per year, etc...
They don’t seem to realize these all have the same root.
Government is killing America.
Every move they make, every step they take.
so where is John Cougar Mellencamp with the whiny album and the benefit concerts?
Precisely as laid out in the U.N.'s Agenda 21
In a communist society, there must be no alternative to working for the communist party, and that includes supporting yourself on your own land.
The more I study the aspects and goals of communists,
the less it is possible to deny what I see the left/democRats doing in our country.
Automation, large scale farming, and improved farming techniques have had a lot more to do with it, than big government.
A family farmer is not going to be able to farm the same small plot of his ancestors did, producing little more than they did and still be able to buy that satellite dish and a modern car, and a college education for their kids, etc. If they aren't going to produce much more than their ancestors, then their standard of living is not going to be much better either.
When it was the bankers (ie, not the government) taking the farms, that’s a problem,
but when it’s the government doing it, well, of course, they always have “the greater good” as their motivation.
Actually, it has a lot to do with government.
Go back and review the history of SecAg Earl Butz under Nixon, who set in motion policies that led to the farming crash of the mid-80’s.
Government has been meddling in farming in a big way since the days of Herbert Hoover.
the same John Cougar Mellencamp who once said free speech is a “collective” and not individual right?
Include this in your studies, if you haven’t done so already:
To a certain degree, that’s what I see the Iowa and Missouri flooding as - a government caused destruction of productive farmland.
Please include the irrigation shut down in Central California which plunged the Central valley into a depression with 70% unemployment in some areas, and the destruction of a considerable number of fruit and nut orchards there.
Definitely, and over a SMELT. A friggin’ BAIT FISH.
And the numbers of these smelt did NOT increase appreciably due to these actions, either.