What is in this article?:
- Why farm policy matters
- Rural America under the gun
- Rural America has felt both alienated and under the gun over the last year and a half and that pressure has been building up, and it came to a full boil on Nov. 2.
- The temptation to assume a healthy farm economy does not matter to rural residents who are not engaged in farming can be fatal.
- Agriculture and farm policy matter to our economy, they matter to our culture because they have long been such a part of who we are, and they matter to our sense of respect and reverence for tradition, which in rural America does not go out of style.
With the 2010 midterm elections in the history books, Republicans have managed to repeat, after just four years in political wilderness, what it took Democrats 12 years to pull off, and Republicans before that nearly half a century.
But, as the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same. Anyone living and working in Washington back in 1993 and 1994 could feel a sense of déjà vu all over again this past year and a half as the same issues queued up 17 years ago lined up for an encore. The result then and now was a GOP takeover.
Another similarity between then and now is this: prior to the GOP landslide of 1994, the Democratic caucus was heavily rural but, afterward, it was the Republican conference that was dominated by members representing rural districts. Today, these rural districts give Democrats their majority in Congress. On Nov. 2, rural residents once again decided the outcome of the election.
Yet, some of the same groups that helped Democrats wrap their political car around a tree on Nov. 2 are now hoping to ride shotgun with Republicans. Their contention is that the 2008 farm bill could not politically insulate Democratic members who voted for cap and tax, health care reform, the stimulus and other unpopular legislative initiatives. So, cowboy up and pull the rug out from underneath American agriculture by upending farm policy.
If I could roll my eyes in writing.
First, the advice of these “mad cappers” might just ignore that voters are always more apt to remember an especially bad thing a politician might have done over any good deed. In fact, this is so proverbial that there are fairly funny jokes about it, but none fit to repeat.
In any case, the litany of Environmental Protection Agency overreaches — all of which our mad cap volunteer advisors love — is just an example of the “bad things” that come to mind — including cap and tax — that threaten the viability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.