Our politicians have failed us

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On Sept. 12, hundreds of farmers and ag industry representatives assembled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to encourage passage of a new Farm Bill.

What does it say? What does it say when a rally has to be held in order to remind Congress to get things done?

The 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30 and a new Farm Bill will have to wait until after the Nov. 6 election. The delay creates uncertainty for farmers who have had to deal with drought, high feed costs and other critical issues this year. Dairy farmers, in particular, need policy reforms that have been passed by the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committee, but blocked from floor discussion in the House.

If there is something that Congress does well, it is punt or “kick the can down the road.”

After all, Congress is made up of politicians, and politicians don’t want to do any anything that will jeopardize their re-election chances. Forget what’s best for the country; the politicians’ reelection is what matters most.

I have mentioned to my wife on several occasions that we should just vote out everyone in Congress and start over — “drain the swamp,” so to speak. That would send a message to Congress that the people’s business comes first, not individual re-election bids.

Then, I start thinking, “Well, my congressman isn’t so bad. Maybe he should stay….”

Yet, my congressman made his own “waves” recently when it came out that he had gone skinny-dipping among congressional colleagues while on a fact-finding trip in Israel.

Those are the kinds of things — skinny-dipping and stupid remarks — that always get the most attention. I wish the news media would focus on the things that really count.

I was appalled during the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention that no one offered specific proposals for addressing high unemployment or the $16 trillion national debt. Instead, the emphasis was on style points — who “connected” with his audience or who showed his “human side.”

A bunch of crap!

Instead of which politician is the biggest “rock star” (and, yes, this includes you, Bill Clinton), we need people who will find solutions and get things done.

In agriculture, there are some dedicated politicians, notably Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D), who have tried to get a new Farm Bill passed. Unfortunately, there are others who are afraid of tackling the tough issues and alienating certain voting blocs ahead of November’s election.

Drain the swamp? That is probably too harsh. But politicians do need to be put on notice that they serve the people — not the other way around.



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David Avila    
Oakdale, Ca  |  October, 02, 2012 at 05:05 PM

We need to teach our County Supervisors they are the most powerful governmental body! They can nullify any "unjust" law. Our State and Federal Governments use the amount of power WE allow and or are willing to put up with. The time has come for the people to take back power from the State and Federal Governments by using our County Governments to control them. Dave

keith    
minn  |  October, 02, 2012 at 05:28 PM

I think it is high time we send EVERY politician PERMANENTLY HOME. I am a strong believer in a small effective government, but NO ONE in Washington has earned the privilege to be reelected!

tina    
Lawton, Pa  |  October, 02, 2012 at 05:43 PM

I have to agree with Keith's comment. I know who I'm not voting for come election time. When they have forced dairy farmer's out of business and are dependent on foreign countries for our dairy, then will they be happy????????

mike    
texas  |  October, 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM

you dont understand they dont care about us and wont until they go hungry, lies lies lies and money is all they say kick everyone out start over and maybe there is a chance for farmer

andy    
wi  |  October, 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM

Is it bad? Some reports say that milk would go back to parity pricing. $38 milk would sure stimulate the farm economy wouldn't it? Why is DFA and National Milk pushing a farm bill? They don't want expensive milk or give more of the retail dollar to the farmer.

Gary    
Wisconsin  |  October, 03, 2012 at 07:01 AM

Are farmers beoming just a whinny as the rest of the population? Are farmers becoming part of the “entitlement” nation? It seems like it because they are now saying: We are entitled.

gretchen    
waterville, ny  |  October, 04, 2012 at 12:16 AM

The reason that the Farm Bill has not been passed is because maybe, just maybe, some of the no good politicians could actually see that it is no good. The ins is a scam; the taxpayer's money would be going to foreign countries just as the crop ins money does. There cannot be a supply management part unless ALL farmers participate or the milk supply will be balanced on the so called "volunteer's" backs. The "volunteers" would have to keep cutting back their production, while the non-volunteers would just keep cranking it out. A quote from National Milk Producers in the Country Folks states, "The dairy policy provisions in the Senate and Hoouse bills are tied to the critical difference between farmer's milk price and the cost feed. When the margin contracts to dangerously low levels, those who volunteer will be insured against these low margins AND THEY ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO TRIM THEIR MILK OUTPUTS UNTIL MARGINS REACH HEALTHY LEVELS." Volunteers? Volunteers for what , a one way ticket out of business? We need a fair price for our milk-a cost of production, just like the processors are guarenteed, not some ins scam.


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