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Friday, August 12, 2011

I Hope I'm Wrong

The news has it that President Obama is visiting Minnesota and will hold a town hall meeting in Cannon Falls. I wish that he would use a different tactic.

The country needs to hear some positive news and there is positive news in Southern Minnesota and especially in the heart of agriculture and agri industry. Okay, maybe I am too over the top in my assessment of the economy of ag - but all you have to do is look at what farmland is selling for to know that the ag industry is a heck of a lot better off than the rest of the economy.

Why couldn't the president visit a farm or agribusiness where things are going well and give the rest of the United States a glimpse of something positive?

I have a feeling that the town hall meeting will mean people going there griping about how bad government is running things which just emphasizes the downer feelings we all have. Certainly those comments are justified - but these actions will do nothing to change or improve the attitudes of all parties regarding the future of our country.

People need to know that there are some good things happening in the farm belt. end


At Sunday, August 14, 2011 1:22:00 PM, Anonymous Richard Z said...

Okay, so the Agri-industry in Southern Minnesota is doing well, and land is selling at an all-time high. These are things you should be proud of. But what about the other 99% of the nation that is not doing well. Farmers and ranchers in other states do not have it so good. What about the excessive national debt, the high unemployment rate, and the high home foreclosure rate? What about our standing overseas? These are all valid concerns for our nation at any town hall meeting and I'm sure they will come up (unless, of course, the questions are screened beforehand). The current Administration is anti-business and you had better be careful because if Obama gets wind that a land seller or the Agri-industry is doing well he will want to impose an excise tax on 'excessive profits' and redistribute them. The book 'Winner Take All Politics' by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pearson discusses a perceived wealth in-equality, and uses the term redistribution several times. High current land prices, a wind fall if you will, would certainly qualify as wealth in-equality according to Hacker and Pearson.

At Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:34:00 AM, Blogger Judy D. Hanson said...

The wealth inequality is not perceived. The data is there. PBS just did a report on it this week.

By the way, do you have a blog?


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