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The Great Subsidy Debate
Apr 26, 2011
***Editor's Note: Below is a transcript of John's commentary from this past weekend (April 23-24, 2011) followed by viewer feedback...
JOHN'S WORLD COMMENTARY:
DO YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT? THAT OVERWORKED PUNCHLINE HAS TAKEN ON A NEW TWIST AS AMERICANS INCREASINGLY ARE SAYING NO THANKS. WHILE NOT DRASTIC IT APPEARS FAST FOOD CUSTOMERS ARE STEPPING BACK FROM SUPERSIZING THE FRIES AT LEAST. BUT HERE IS THE ASTOUNDING PART. WE HAVE NO FOOTAGE OF POTATO FARMERS STORMING WASHINGTON DEMANDING COMPENSATION OR TEARFULLY POINTING OUT WHY IT'S A DUTY OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER TO SEND THEM A CHECK. THAT'S BECAUSE POTATO FARMERS ARE REAL FARMERS. THEY ARE NOT COVERED BY ANY DIRECT PAYMENT PROGRAM AND IF YOU STOP TO THINK ABOUT IT, I'LL BET YOU HAVEN'T EVEN NOTICED. EVEN THOUGH POTATOES ARE DIFFICULT TO STORE AND SUBJECT TO SIMILAR PROBLEMS OF PRODUCTION AS CORN AND WHEAT, NONE OF US WAKES UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WORRIED ABOUT A POTATO CHIP FAMINE. ONE REASON I HAVE LONG WEARIED OF THE CLAIM THAT SUBSIDIES TO THE POLITICALLY SENSITIVE SACRED SEVEN CROPS - CORN, SOY, WHEAT, COTTON, RICE, SUGAR AND DAIRY - ARE ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAIN ABUNDANT SUPPLIES IS THE STARK COUNTER-EXAMPLE OF POTATOES. ARE POTATO GROWERS SUPER-BEINGS FROM ANOTHER PLANET WITH UNEARTHLY POWERS? OR IS POSSIBLE THAT SENDING ME $25 PER ACRE FOR HAVING A BODY TEMPERATURE OF ABOUT 98 DEGREES, WHICH YOU JUST DID HAS ABSOLUTELY NO EFFECT ON THE ABUNDANCE OF CORN AND BEANS. WE GROW OVER 200 CROPS HERE IN THE U-S AND THE VAST MAJORITY WITHOUT SENDING FARMERS A GOVERNMENT CHECK. OUR FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM WORKS FOR POTATOES. IT WILL WORK FOR ME.
#1: Sugar is not a subsidized commodity, it only has a loan program that is seldom used, get your facts correct. John Gudajtes
#2: Hi John, the below could help in keeping the sugar tariffs in place. Hopefully though it would not put a damper on the entire renewable fuels industry. Thanks - Dave