From The Editor
July 29, 2011
Hello Pro Farmer Members!
I know each and every one of you reads each and every word of the newsletter every week, but please be sure to read this week's News Page 4 feature by Washington consultant Jim Wiesemeyer. It explains that while what's happening in Washington isn't fun for anybody to watch, it's a necessary part of a Democracy. And in reality, the debt-ceiling debate turned into something much bigger. The debt ceiling will be raised and it will be raised in time so the U.S. doesn't accumulate any late fees on the bills we owe!
The real debate is about the size and role of the government. If we reduce spending, we reduce the size of the government. That's where the Republican side stands.
Increase spending, increase the size of the government. That isn't exactly where Democrats stand on this issue, but it's pretty close! Democrats want to move closer to a balanced budget by "increasing revenues." That, in turn, would allow continued growth in spending, therefore increasing the size of the government.
And, by the way, do lawmakers really believe we're so stupid as to not see through the "increasing revenues" language. It's tax increases! Period. I don't care if it's closing loopholes or ending exemptions... if it increases the tax burden on individuals or companies, it's a tax increase. Period.
With that said, Republicans and Democrats deserve equal blame for what's happening in Washington right now. The art of politics is the ability to negotiate and neither side is showing any negotiation skills at the moment. Both sides are so convinced they're absolutely 100% correct on their stand that they won't give an inch to get an inch.
It seems crazy... former President Reagan is probably tossing and turning in his grave over what's happening. He was a great negotiator. He'd being going right down the list of tax loopholes, find some he'd be willing to give up and he'd negotiate to get something in return. That's compromise!
Do you think for a moment that Reid or Boehner have thought even once through this process: "Geesh... what if the other guy is more right than I am!?!" I'll dang near guarantee they haven't.
And notice I used a president in my example of a great negotiator. Where's Obama in this process? Once a day he strides out in front of the teleprompter, talks about how it's not his fault and how it's the Republican's fault and he scares most of the country into thinking the Republicans are ruining this process. Wrong. He should be leading this process. He's the one that should be facilitating negotiation between the House (Rep.) and Senate (Dem.), not picking sides. This has to be a three-way process and he just isn't doing his job. So if Obama is looking for where the process is breaking down, he just needs to catch a bit of a reflection off one of those teleprompters.
That's it for this week...
Have a great weekend!!