Are the good times really over for good?

The great Merle Haggard once had a song called “Are the Good times Really Over for Good?” The tune wondered sadly if America’s best days are in the past.

I thought of the song after listening to area farm group leaders talk about the U.S. House passage of its version of the new farm bill. Some of the leaders dislike the House legislation, others flat-out detest it. They’ve worked for two years to get a new farm bill, and what they got in the House is far different from they want.

It’s no secret that U.S. farmers are a small minority in America. It’s also no secret that farmers, especially ones in the Midwest, traditionally have enjoyed political clout in Washington, D.C., that far exceeds their small numbers. (Farmers would argue that’s a good thing, that it’s a big reason why the United States has a safe, affordable food supply. Critics of the the U.S. farm program would argue otherwise.)

Is the House vote Thursday another sign of lost political clout for Midwest farmers? Are the good times really over for good?

Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

And let me know where you rank Merle Haggard on the list of country music singers. Top 50? Top 20? Top 10?

2 thoughts on “Are the good times really over for good?

  1. I don’t think the best days are over yet, though political partisan bickering threatens our ability to move forward. The fact that the poor GOP leadership, headed up by one of the statistically least-effective Speakers of the House in our nation’s history (Boehner), allowed the Farm Bill to split the SNAP program and farming programs for the first time since the 1970s shows us a clear lack of effective prioritization in the House. Maybe I am just overly-hopeful that this cannot endure for forever, because unless our representatives in DC can move beyond party i.d. and start legislating on behalf of their constituents, then perhaps our best days are over.

  2. The US Government has $222 Trillion in unfunded liabilities. Cuts are going to happen. Better to take cuts now, rather than hitting a brick wall.

    Its past time to wean the farmers off farm subsidies. Land prices are at an all-time hight. One farmer bought his 14 year old son a new pickup. Another a new pickup for his 15 year old.

    People are fed up that farmers are living like kings and still collect subsidies.

    That $222 Trillion in unfunded liabilities is going to end with a crash…

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