We have a serious problem in the United States. Okay we have several serious problems in the United States but right now I am just going to focus on one. The US Farm Bill, particularly the lobbyists who hold so much sway over the farm bill and its legislation.
Please do not get me wrong, I love farmers. I respect farmers and ranchers and all the wonderful hard working folks who feed the world. But what gets stuck in my craw is the way legislators screw with stuff and while trying to “protect” our “free market economy” they do things that we should be totally outraged about. Like making it a law that U.S. produced sugar must not be sold under 22.9 cents per pound. Yes making it a law, that is beyond crazy and it hurts business and farmers. Farmers might disagree because they like getting the cash but it also keeps them from going after other potential crops.
Does not matter what sugar costs on the “free market” US sugar is, at least 22.9 cents per pound. Right now US businesses have to decide if they are going to keep businesses in the US or move to Mexico where they can buy sugar on the open market at the regular market price.
Farmers need to be able to make decisions about what crops they are going to plant based on what the market brings. The US government should not be setting false market prices for any product. This kind of crap screws with everything we are supposed to stand for as a Representative Republic with a free market economy. Instead we are subsidizing industry and agriculture to a point that the markets we tout are tilted into the favor of the few and we allow too many to be screwed. This is the type of problem that has become an infection to our economic body. We keep going down this road and we get what we deserve. Most folks probably had no idea we are setting commodity prices by legislative acts. Just like most do not know about things like the Monsanto protection plan. We need to pay attention and stop allowing ourselves to become distracted by crap like what celeb is pregnant or on the way to rehab.