Monday, August 14, 2006

Paccione talks Ag...sort of

Angie Paccione had a piece in the Greeley Tribune about the state of Colorado Agriculture recently, that I feel deserves comment.

I'm sure that Angie has read a couple of books and farming, heck, she probably even watched "Little House on the Prairie," but that doesn't mean she knows what she's talking about.

For a New York Liberal, she sure does try to squeeze into a pair of Wranglers, but just can't quite pull it off. While I will commend her for recognizing the importance of Agriculture on the Colorado economy, she doesn't understand what Colorado's farmers want or need.

Paccione talks about increasing renewable energy subsidies. She talks about the importance of protectionist tariffs on ethanol. She talks about farm credit and the importance of the sale of beef in foreign markets.

Farmers are worried about the cost of diesel, sure. But they're also concerned about crop prices, they're concerned about passing their farms on to the families, but mostly they're concerned about water. Does Paccione talk about water? Not once.

[Eds. Notes: Marilyn Musgrave was one of the leaders in working to get the Japanese ban on American beef lifted.

Marilyn has fought hard to repeal the death tax, which prevents farmers and ranchers from passing their farms on to their children.

Marilyn single handedly worked to expand prevented crop insurance. I've got $50 that says Angry Angie the New York Liberal doesn't even know what prevented crop insurance even is!]

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