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John

I can't believe how much the companies have benefited from these practices. I still believe that as long as we have active PACs and no term limits, there will be a challenge for a politician to be a man or woman, and not a politician in congress. Career politician = undue influences

David Heigham

Brian

Thanks. So if Wickard v. Filburn is right, Congress could have introduced Prohibition with a simple Act. No Constitutional Amendment was necessary. More and more intertesting.

Nate

You will see more of that in future years. Global warming entails more variable weather. More variable weather almost certainly entails more and more unseasonable weather. More unseasonable weather will depress crop yields below expectations until expectations catch up with the climate.

There will be a possibly valid case for subsidising crop weather insurance to overcome that failure of market expectations; but still no case for the subsidies we have got now.

David Heigham

Brian

Thanks. So if Wickard v. Filburn is right, Congress could have introduced Prohibition with a simple Act. No Constitutional Amendment was necessary. More and more intertesting.

Nate

You will see more of that in future years. Global warming entails more variable weather. More variable weather almost certainly entails more and more unseasonable weather. More unseasonable weather will depress crop yields below expectations until expectations catch up with the climate.

There will be a possibly valid case for subsidising crop weather insurance to overcome that failure of market expectations; but still no case for the subsidies we have got now.

Brian Davis

Yes, an expanded premium-generating insurance model would be my preference, structured similarly to crop insurance or flood insurance. The White House announced last night that the President intends to veto the conference report if it reaches his desk. I wish somebody who has his ear for more than a few seconds would explain the concept to him in words he could use to bargain with Congress for a better bill.

Jack

John We looked into term limits closely. NO hope there. Consider: the term limited and powerful incumbent "wills" his list of PACS and contributors to the heir-apparent of his party in what is typically a "safe seat" by design. The ex-incumbent? if a Rep he goes to the Senate.

Who wins? Bureaucrats who can then say "Stick it.......... you're outta here next year and I'm here for the duration."

Nope, no way to put democracy on auto-pilot, WE have to throw out the bums and retain those of worth.

Rand

I think a lot of the extraordinary subsudies farmers get in rich countries is due to their nostalgic value to rich societies where the majority aren't farmers. Farming still has a lot of romanticism to it, and so it is hard to rile people up against it. Since it's hard to get a passionate anti-farming crowd, and since farmers provide a passionate pro-farming crowd (especially since many of them are romantic about farming), it's difficult to get farm subsudies cut unless their advocates start making some smart political alliances. Most of the more determined farm reform advocates tend to be intellectuals rather than politicians so the immediate outlook is not great.

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Jack

Rand that's it exactly "everyone loves the farmer and hates a landlord" though their businesses are much the same.

I get a, wry, chuckle out of pols pandering to the heirs of the Walmart family and others, using the passing on of farms as their battering ram to end the inheritance tax or, at min, work the exemption up to $5 million or so. There seems little concern for those whose "inheritance" will be shouldering their share of our enormous federal D E B T of $40,000 each or so.

I've some hopes that the alliances you mention MIGHT evolve out of the net and blogs such as this one. After the end of small town cafes, grange, precinct and other places to commune we've been just about isolated from forums in which to critique our government and its curious policies until the net came along.

Could we go from idle hit-chat on blogs to public interest groups that are not comprised of rent-seeking special interests but like tax reform and other interest groups of the past who just want to play a part in seeing that the right thing is done? Barack has had a million donors so far, suppose the candidates of the next primary had ten million, well informed, small donors?

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