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An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Tue Jul 1, 2014 07:47 AM CDT

For much of their history the Republicans were a pro-business party. Today, the GOP is increasingly a pro-market party. There's a difference, and the difference could make a difference to agriculture if the party continues down this path.

The party's pro-business tradition goes all the way back to its first president. Abraham Lincoln thought government should do for the people "whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves." He signed bills that subsidized railroads, boosted farm output and stimulated the settlement of the west.

To today's pro-market Republicans, measures like ...

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