Throw the rascals out

By Mike Barnett

Throw the rascals out.

The words weren’t spoken, but the intent was obvious in the speech delivered by American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman at the opening session of the AFBF annual meeting in San Antonio.

Stallman said Congress is falling down in addressing our nation’s and agriculture’s needs including failure to pass a much-delayed and much-needed farm bill and agricultural labor reform.

“I don’t know what you do when an employee doesn’t get the job done…but I can make a pretty good guess,” Stallman said.

He expressed confidence that farmers and ranchers will spur their representatives to take action and to thank them when they do…”and replace them when they don’t .”

“Democracy’s a device that ensures that we shall be governed no better than we deserve, said noted author and playwright George Bernard Shaw.

“If we don’t like it, we have to change it.”

Well said, President Stallman.

2 Responses to “Throw the rascals out”

  1. I fear that the upper echelons of Farm Bureau have bought into Comp Immigration Reform, whole hog.

    Whatever has possessed them is beyond me, however I have grown to distrust Stallman, et al, almost as much as I do Congress.

    Ask yourself, “WHO buys all that Farm Bureau Insurance?”

    Texas farmers or Cargill, et al, who need the dirt cheap labor.

    Our participation as willing dupes in the Amnesty cresendo the Left is building up to for ’14 and ’16, is politically super-naive.

    • Gene Hall says:

      There is no policy in Farm Bureau that did not begin at the County Farm Bureau level. You just assume that Texas farmers agree with you. In this case, they don’t. Here’s what they know that you probably won’t accept. Without reform, the labor intensive parts of agriculture will leave the US and go elsewhere. Fruits and vegetables, dairy and everything requiring labor. Besides, do you really want a government big and powerful enough to round up and deport 12 million people? I heard a Republican Tx Congressman say that and I agree with that. As with most bills, no one will be completely happy, but everyone knows we need to do something.

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