Okay, we get it, votes are important to politicians, especially those wanting to get re-elected next time around. Last week U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appeared here in Wayne County, as well as in several neighboring counties. Why?
Glad you asked. The headline to the multi-sent press release was: SCHUMER: WAYNE COUNTY FRUIT FARMERS WILL FINALLY RECEIVE FED AID TO RECOVER FROM DEVASTATING 2012 FROSTS IN JUST-PASSED FARM BILL – SENATOR NOW URGING FEDS TO SPEED UP RETROACTIVE DISASTER RELIEF PAYMENTS.
Yeah, it was a long one, followed by several long sub-heads:
1. Schumer Visited Wayne County After Cherry, Peach, Pear Farmers Took Devastating Hit To Their Crop Yield & Bottom Line During Extreme 2012 Spring Freeze – At That Time, Schumer Vowed to Fight for Retroactive Aid In Farm Bill
2. Recently Passed Farm Bill Contains That Promised Aid & Allows Farmers With Tree and Bush Fruit Crops Severely Impacted By 2012 Freeze To Collect Up To $125K – But Crop Disaster Relief Program Not Scheduled To Kick Into Gear Until Fall, Even Though Farmers Need Cash Flow Now
3. Schumer: Farm Bill Means Bushels of Relief for Wayne Fruit Farmers, But USDA Must Roll-Out Payments in Spring So Farmers Can Get Funds When They Need It Most
Then, it was announced on Thursday that: Finger Lakes wineries get help
Sub-head: USDA acts to offset winter damage.
So, what is basically wrong with propping up the fruit and wine businesses? It never used to be that way. Somewhere along the way politicians found votes and headlines by courting certain businesses.
But Ron, what about all those poor small farmers who would go kaput if not for government handouts?
My guess is that if a farmer failed to prepare for hard times, they would go out of business. That is called capitalism, free market, etc. We do not see the successful farmer giving more than they need to, in times of plenty. By the way, not all farmers ask for, or get the government checks when somebody claims a disaster area. Some stand on their own two feet.
This government is quick to announce hand-outs, subsidies, grants, low-cost this and that. Once the money curve is thrown, voters remember the smiling face, handshake and big check presentation.
This country is in the hole. We spend too much, more than we have to ensure the system is well oiled.
On top of everything else, our weather patterns are changing. We will we have future droughts, extreme cold, hotter than normal summers, heavy rain patterns, floods, fires, landslides, tornadoes and hurricanes. Everybody seems to build big houses in a flood plain.
The government is intruding in all facets of business and life, and we the voters love it.