I'll say one thing for Reagan. He really tried to end Ag subsidies. His effort resulted in the Republicans getting wiped out in the tractor states in the next mid-term. That was the last time the Republicans showed any guts on the Ag front. Even Eisenhower, in his Farewell Address warned of the power of the Ag lobby. We had the Freedom to Farm Act under Clinton. Farmers are always crying about government "interference" in their operations. That's becuse government guarantees the bottom on their prices. What farmers want is to be able to plant anything to take advantage of good markets while letting the taxpayers absorb the downside risk. Nice work if you can get it, and big corporations liek that kind of work. The Freedom to Farm Act said go head and plant what you want, but the government will NOT guarantee the markets. It was one of those Acts where the business end came in the last year. Guess what happened when the time came. The Republicans pushed through, with Democratic support, same-o same-o. So it's nice to see the comraderie of Democrats and Republicans as they pass another fat, pork laden, Farm Bill. No wonder those tractor country folks are so gung-ho red white and blue. No hypocisy down on the farm, is there? Everybody is just a freedom lovin, boot strappin'Randian disciple. Barf
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