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Rita Burns

Rita Burns

Grandma
  • Farmers were the most productive people with the least capital to work with of any entrepreneurs in the world.

    Unfortunately, some thought it was necessary to take away the stigma of being a farmer/rancher and make us Agribusiness.

    With that came the whole new image. We had to be successful. We had

    Farmers were the most productive people with the least capital to work with of any entrepreneurs in the world.

    Unfortunately, some thought it was necessary to take away the stigma of being a farmer/rancher and make us Agribusiness.

    With that came the whole new image. We had to be successful. We had to have new equipment, new pickups, new houses, etc.

    Another term for mortgaging our souls, our children and our underwear.

    When things went well, we expanded the operation. We borrowed enough money to expand some more. When they flopped, we borrowed just enough to last until next year.

    Then we had the first round of trickle down economics. Green stuff trickled down. It just was not money. The 1980s saw the largest foreclosure and bankruptcy rate since the 1930s. We're working our way back so that farmers can stand under that very same shower. Again.

    Part of the reason is politics. As illustrated above, farmers may have the best intentions, but as a lumped together group, they vote, election after election for republicans. They might as well slit their own throats. Republicans don't care about farmers as a group. If they did, they would more actively support programs like food stamps. Take a more active part in local politics. An educated part.

    America is still a democratic republic. For now. If we don't start educating ourselves about who is running and IF they REALLY want to do what is right for this group of Americans who feed the hungry masses, there will be more bankruptcy and disastrous policies like the one currently brewing. The next time an election comes around, VOTE. Vote like your life, your employment, yours and your children's future depends on it.

    BECAUSE IT REALLY, TRULY DOES.