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Monday, November 27, 2006

The Hometown Independent: There's a good use for my tax dollars

Excerpted from this post at The Hometown Independent
On IPTV (Iowa Public Television) this Monday: A documentary on the fight to save Iowa's barns from "Urban Sprawl's" encroacment upon these "symbols of rural independance." No doubt tax dollars are involved. Yet another subsidy for these "hard working" farmers. Look. I grew up on a farm. I know what it's like to get up at four, take care of animals, and labor until sundown. But do you know what farmers do the forty-some odd weeks of the year when their crops are just settin' out in the field growing? Not a whole helluva lot, that's for sure! Granted, most have jobs to supplement the "dwindling farm income". But many, many of them merely plant crops in the spring, harvest in the fall, and work no more than two or three hours a day the rest of the year. And what do they do in these off-times? Set back and collect subsidies.

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