I grew up in a farms, around farmers, and spent a lot of time farming as a younger man. I met a lot of amazing men while farming. Self-sufficient, skilled, and fiercely independent men who taught me how to operate heavy machinery, weld, and force a plot of land to produce a living for my family. They were renaissance men – men who could do anything that needed to be done, and WOULD do what needed to be done without qualm.
This is why it breaks my heart to see these men become more and more dependent on the largesse of the Federal Government farm aid packages. A self-fulfilling prophecy if there ever was one, designed to reduce the agriculture industry into a politicized crony establishment, farm aid is only needed because farm aid exists. A farmer who does not take it cannot survive farming, because farm aid artificially depresses pricing (while simultaneously boondoggling to increase them by paying farmers not to produce crops) and so even the most fiercely independent among them must accept the dane-geld in order to keep the family business alive.
As a result of all of this, the more politically connected agri-businesses flex their crony muscles, gaining advantages in the market like cronies always do, and as a result, more and more family farms shut down, and sell out to these huge agri-business conglomerates. Conglomerates, as it were, which are the poster children for why cronyiest policies result in bad businesses in the first place.
So in an attempt to “help” farmers back in the ‘30s and ‘40s via government largesse, the Federal Government has destroyed any semblance of a rational market in the agricultural industry and turned an entire generation of American farmers into welfare cases against their will (or caused them to go under and sell out to the government’s cronies in agribusiness).
So when I read a story like this one, where a meat producer who makes the much-maligned “pink slime” product (never did understand why it was so maligned, but whatever) vs. a major news network for defaming them and causing their business to go under due to people revolting against the “pink slime” in their food, I can’t help but think of my old time-tested allegory of the Nazis vs. the Communists: on one hand, you have one of the most crony-infested industries in America today, who produces a faulty product that does a disservice to every American citizen, and on the other hand, you have agribusiness…
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Fuck it, it doesn't matter, does it?
Who do you want to win?
Me? I’m voting for winter.
They’re both a perfect example for how government meddling in industry will lead to ruin.