Government Spending

This and That

March 6 2014

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Let’s review a couple of issues today. Start with our farm bill – I’m glad it’s done. At least the Congress did accomplish something. On the positive side, the legislation turns to crop insurance as the principal safety net and…

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Our Water Transportation

January 2 2014

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 Happy New Year. I threw away my 2013 calendar and hung up the new one. There is a lot to get done in the new year. But, today I want to talk about one specific project. We need to modernize our water transportation system. Our locks and…

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Can We Get Anything Done?

July 11 2013

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With a long 4th of July weekend, I spent a little more time reading the paper and getting updated on what is going on in our Capitol City and the world. I’m not surprised. The government can’t get anything done and the…

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Down on the Farm

March 7 2013

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Last week, I was on the farm in Illinois. I was greeted with 5 days of snow with accumulation of about 7 inches. In ordinary times, I would not have liked the wind and snow, but not this year, after last…

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The Postal Service

February 14 2013

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Do you know where to look for the poster child of government dysfunction? You don’t have to look very hard. Just look down the street in your little town, in your community. I’m talking about the…

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More Cliffs Ahead

January 10 2013

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It’s a new year with some new challenges, but many of the old challenges are still with us.

We have a farm bill extension to carry us through this year. Milk prices won’t double. It looks like all…

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Food Stamps for a Week

December 20 2012

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So, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker, went on food stamps for a week. Big deal! He has been on TV and interviewed by countless newspapers. Well, just for the record, I went on food stamps…

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The Debt

December 6 2012

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I am still fuming over Secretary of the Treasury Geithner’s remarks on CBS Face The Nation last weekend. Of course, he stated again that the way to attack our debt problem is to tax the rich. That’s…

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Denmark

November 15 2012

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We have an organization called the Agribusiness Club that meets monthly for lunch. This year, I am serving as Chairman of the group. I invited Kansas Senator Pat Roberts to speak to us this week.

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Death Spiral

October 4 2012

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Look at our debt. Sixteen trillion dollars and rising. For every dollar our government spends, we have to borrow 40 cents. Are we in as bad a shape as Greece? No. Not yet, but if we stay on this path, we…

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