Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Family Farms Are Losers In The Stimulus Pork Barrel

"...resident Obama's stimulus bill will be, on balance, a series of disincentives for family farms to run the risks of aggressive farming, because the stimulus bill unfavorably raises the risk / reward ratio...Moreover, farm families work long, hard hours all year long to build and to preserve their farms for future generations of their families. Reinstatement of punitive death taxes, as proposed in the President's budget, is a meaningful disincentive to all that hard work." [link]

Does it amaze you as much as it does me that the administration wants to hand certain people things (welfare type benefits) hand over fist, yet people that produce on their own, and for others keep getting penalized? What type of logic is this? If anyone can explain please do, I just cannot manage to get my head around this idea. I speak from experience on this as well. I grew up and still live in a small rural community and my family owned and ran a small farm. The government effectively punishes anyone who does this to try and make the least profit or supplement their income in any way by these means.

Handgun-control Measure Fails in N.J.

"The push to make New Jersey the fourth state with a one-handgun-per-month buying limit has stalled in the state Senate in the face of opposition from rural Democrats and a wall of Republicans...State Sens. Jennifer Beck (R., Monmouth) and Bill Baroni (R., Mercer), who supported the measure when it passed the Assembly in 2007, said they could not back the bill now because a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling reaffirming a constitutional right to own handguns might render the plan unenforceable." [link]

You know, I had to read that bit several times myself. On first reading I was thrilled that there were some people that stood up for 2nd amendment rights, but upon further reading that is not what we have at all. We have instead the usual political rangling. It would have been much better had it read '"and those that opposed the bill did so on Constitutional grounds based on the 2nd Amendment."

Quote for the Day

"The arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die free rather than live slaves." – Thomas Jefferson