Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the kind of guy to really speak my mind…unless I am truly compelled to. It isn’t that my views are all that different or that I care about what others think. It may be because what seems to be right in my head may be too much common sense for the world we live in. Simple will always be better for me and in that respect society and our government have passed me by. With that said I am not an economist and politics aren’t my strong suit. Now on with the blog…
As I have mentioned before I live in Suburbia, USA. It is a great neighborhood and everyone gets along just fine. We watch after each other’s homes when someone goes out of town, we mow each other’s yards when someone can’t get to it and so on. We feel safe and it is a wonderful place to raise a family. As I have also mentioned, I am the only neighbor for miles around with a corn field (I use the term field loosely as it is 1/100 of an acre of sweet corn and green beans). Everyone knows what I do for a living and they are very curious about Ohio agriculture and they ask some great questions that I am more than happy to answer. My neighbors are your everyday average consumer so the more questions the better.
We recently had a neighborhood gathering and agriculture happened to be a part of the conversation again as local TV stations have talked a bit about the very wet spring and the late finish to the planting season. During the conversation my neighbor asked me if I knew why a farmer’s hat bill was rounded. I am always up for a good joke so I asked for the punch line and he said it was so they wouldn’t knock their hat off when they looked into the mailbox for their government check. I didn’t laugh. I didn’t even smile. Especially after the rough months that Ohio producers have just experienced.
I am not for big government, but I do believe that when the government helps individuals and companies, it is because as a country as a whole, we would be a lot worse off if the number of lost businesses, defaulted home loans and bankruptcies kept growing. There is a reason for bailouts, unemployment checks and food stamps.
I am not afraid to admit that I had to ask the government for help a few years back when I lost a job. Unemployment was the hardest thing for this proud man to take, but if it weren’t for that government check I certainly would not still be the owner of a house. I think me continuing to make my monthly payments on this house, instead of just walking away from it, is better for my community, township, county, state and national government.
There is a reason for farm subsidies and crop insurance as well. If it weren’t for that bit of help from Uncle Sam, there certainly wouldn’t be as many farmers in business and that would hurt from a local standpoint and a global one as well.
There is a reason that a farmer’s bill is rounded, it is to block out the Sun as he or she puts in an 18-hour day. The only thing a farmer may need if he has a government check coming is a good pair of boots because it is a long walk to the mailbox. I can tell you that from experience.