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Thursday 02/07/13

House Aggie Steve King Pushes Back
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King isn't going to let GOP kingmakers in Washington possibly push him out of a race for U.S. Senate.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:14PM CST 02/07/13 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
Sequestration Cuts Just One More Federal Merry-go-Round
I set out this week to better understand the relationship between the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration cuts. What a merry-go-round trip that has been![Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:35AM CST 02/07/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
The rising tensions between China and Japan don't hold much promise for solving the "Farm Bill Issue", as if we're likely sucked into the mess, the "Sacred Cow" of the Defense Budget is more likely to get "after dinner mints" rather than some of the trimming it needs. This is sad as the Farm Bill is an investment in America's Supply Chain and Business growth foundation, one that, given a little time, could actually stimulate some real economic growth-badly NEEDED economic growth. If it even LOOKS like we might be on the road to WWIII, color that gone.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:12AM CST 02/07/13
Finally Chris, you make sense! You are not in trouble when you argue with yourself, only when you lose! Keep trying and thanks for the blog. Snarky
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 4:54PM CST 02/07/13
There are several other obvious and relevant facts that need to be part of this discussion. At the beginning of the past decade the government was guaranteeing a minimal amount of gross revenue per corn acre grown. Now many farmers receive a revenue guarantee of close to $1000 per acre of corn grown. Also the government was paying a minimal amount of insurance premium per acre. Now it is many billions per year. Some farmers now receive over a million dollars every year as a benefit towards the cost of their government crop insurance premium. Also the national debt has nearly tripled since the beginning of the last decade.
Posted by Lon Truly at 5:20AM CST 02/08/13
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