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Thoughts and comments from Dairy Today readers.
I laugh at your statement, “None is not an option.” ["Dairy Talk: Government--More or Less" - Dairy Today, September 2012]. Considering that the U.S. is $16 trillion in debt and 75% of the current budget is mandated (entitlements), none could very soon be reality.
I am a traditional dairy farmer, of which there are very few left in the Midwest. I can trace our damage to the passage of the Capper-Volsted Act, co-ops’ formation and vertical integration. Consequently, I don’t feel sorry for these government-dependent guys that have literally received millions of dollars in government benefits and still “need more.”
I need five things to happen to stay in business as a dairy farmer. Only one of them is in the farm bill.
1. End mandated ethanol.
2. End $150,000 per-owner agriculture investment credit.
3. End illegal immigrant employment and government benefits.
4. End federal revenue insurance for crop production.
5. End the tidal wave of federal regulations.
Socialism has never succeeded anywhere on earth. Why do you think it can here now?
Eugene Hansen, Minnesota