Sunday, October 16, 2011

Big Government works for some

Much is made by Republicans of Rick Perry's humble beginnings as the son of a share cropper. Thanks to New Deal land reform, the share cropper became middle class. For the last thirty years however, cotton farming has become big business making the Perry family millionaires. The thing is that cotton farming in the US is a money losing proposition, you can't compete with foreign producers, and there are no longer tariffs protecting US producers, "free trade is good for everybody" (remember that slogan). Step in big government, Republican style. Billions in taxpayer subsidies to grow cotton, even as the US textile worker became extinct. (they were union after all, and not good Republicans) Republicans love big government, but only for them. Not for the 99%. Get used to it or fight back.  


Anonymous said...

Tens of thousands of gallons of fresh water is essentially given to these Central Valley Cotton Farmers while cities are forced to pay exorbitant rates to provide water to the people in the city.

This has been going on for years but the Federal Government doesn't have the guts to stand up to agri-business and make them pay a fair price for the water they use.

Anonymous said...

John McCain doesn't like Obama's campaign bus: "He is traveling around on a Canadian bus touting American jobs." Oops.

prairie2 said...

Only part of the bus is made in Canada because nobody here does that work anymore. Where was McCain when the WTO and NAFTA were voted through, voting for them of course. Now he's concerned? Not really. He's just part of the 1% and wants to keep it that way.