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Wednesday 03/20/13

Senate Vote Would Avoid Meatpacker Furloughs
The Senate voted Wednesday to provide extra funds for USDA to avoid furloughing meat inspectors as senators began wrapping up debate on a bill to fund the federal budget for the rest of the year.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:44PM CDT 03/20/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Am I missing something or does the Senate do math different than I do? For weeks I have been reading that the USDA needed 52 million to keep from laying off the inspectors. Now they have allocated 55 million to keep them on the job. Apparently, if you have a budget problem you need to throw more than enough money at it so you can get back to the real problem of the rising debt.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:36AM CDT 03/21/13
 
Ag Amendments Dropped in Senate CR Debate
With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pushing for a final vote on the Senate's Continuing Resolution, or CR, for the fiscal-year 2013 budget, some ag-related amendments won't get a debate.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:03AM CDT 03/20/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
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Claw Back! Good term. Remember what might now be politicaly incorrect, Indian Giver, which described how government honored treaties with Native Americans. Give it to them, then took it back. Government, still, too often, performs historicaly and similar to many private-non-profit organizations(charities etc.) and spends 90% of the proceeds, collecting more funds and only giving 10% to those trying to be saved from themselves. Some Congressman have the correct answer, defund the EPA and others. Agriculture, on the other hand is the core of basic sciences, Food, Clothing and Shelter. Without Ag. humans will not survive.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 8:24AM CDT 03/20/13
It goes deeper than that, Bonny. For decades we've lived with a meme coined by Ronald Reagan, his memorable "Trickle Down" Economy Speech. Problem is, everyone actually believes it's how things work, even the folks at the "top of the pyramid" Yesterday, a member of our esteemed Government referred to Taxpayers as "Customers" of the Government. [Klaxon Sounds] Talk about delusional. Economy works the other way, literally from the dirt up. Agriculture is the bedrock of a healthy economy, growing much more than crops. The next several tiers are all interconnected, Small Business, Services, Infrastructure Services, Manufacturing and other Value Added Enterprises, as the monies flow upward and redistribute through transactional dynamics, creating Commerce Crossroads as those movements become enhanced through E-Commerce. Next, Banks, Wall Street, Insurance, and other Financial Hedges-at least when functioning correctly, provide security hedges and re-investment to all levels of the Process. Governments-again, when functioning properly, provide security and strategic protection of ALL of those processes on a multiplicity of levels. This assures a continuous, evolving and growing chain of revenue rising up and out into the Global Market. When Healthy-it works. Sadly, it's very far from Healthy. Getting it there starts with Agriculture, but the whole system needs to be re-tuned. That could start with the next Election...but I'm not holding my breath.
Posted by Ric Ohge at 10:40AM CDT 03/20/13
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