Calikev wrote:Mallards Only wrote:Could it be that even with the subsidies totaling millions, he still has to operate on very thin margins in order to make ends meet? No, that can't be it. All farmers are bazillionairres according to you.
Most farmers aren't abusing the system and I think most folks would agree to the value of keeping those farms going. However, it is naive to think that some farmers aren't abusing the system. Like with any money coming down with the Government, there will always be those who come to depend on it more than they should.
Most folks here don't want to put farmers out of business. However, if farms over the long term can't be sustainable then taxpayers shouldn't have to bail them out year after year. Short term makes sense but some farmers are becoming welfare recipients because of where/what they are trying to farm.
I don't remember the Federal Government bailing out four of my family members when Hershey's moved down to Mexico and they all lost their jobs. They all had to go find jobs elsewhere on their own and the Government didn't give us squat for it. Those farmers who lost out got taken care of though just as they always do. None of my family took one cent of welfare and found jobs at the time in a tough job market.
Good post Kevin I agree...