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Monday, March 4, 2013

Why Don't We Have a Farm Bill?

Why don't we  have a farm bill?  You think you have commodity groups representing your interests in Washington.  You think you have farm organizations representing your interest.  So why no Farm Bill?  I think the politicians have not heard enough from individuals.  Your groups are doing their part in keeping you and your representatives informed on positions and facts, but the truth is that the politicians see those lobbyists regularly.  They expect to hear from them.  What really moves politicians is when they hear from individuals.  When individuals are motivated to contact politicians, then they start to think that people might be serious.  They think it might cost them votes.

We hear all the time how money buys access and that is true as far as it goes.  Money an also move opinion especially for fence sitters, but the real truth is that votes get politicians elected.  If enough people individually tell politicians that their position, or work ethic, or unwillingness to compromise is going to cost them votes, then they will move.  This goes for Farm Bill, Sequestration, Immigration, or any other issue that is hot right now.  If you want to change the world, write a letter, make a phone call, or send an e-mail. After you do your part, get others to do so as well.  Petitions can help, but real movement comes from contact from individuals.  My opinion is that the politicians have not heard from enough of us as individuals. 

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