Which presidential candidate do you think would be better for family farmers if elected?

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Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 7:25:54 AM 
Having participated extensively with farmaid and politics it has been quite an education. what many don't realize is we make the most money under a republican president and the huge farm bills that the democrats support have driven more family farmers and ranchers out of business than no farm bill at all. subsidies harm us and the payments are so overwhelming to the big guys it drives up the price of land and rents and there is no way to compete with them.

we sell out the majority of producers in the name of a small piece of the farm bill and it is time to do away with all the huge burdens places on raw milk and meat processing facilities - only the big have the money to comply with the federal rules and it harms the smaller operators.

live long democrat - sick and tired of the sound bites and unintended consequences of free trade and farm bills.
Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 7:54:16 AM 
Barack Obama is the only candidate who has specifically addressed the needs of rural Americans and farmers (despite what his opponent would like you to believe). He puts family farmers above large corporate agribusinesses, and has pledged to support local and organic agriculture. It's time for some real change, folks. You can visit his issues page here: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/rural/
Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 9:09:50 AM 
If we would simply return to our roots, and force our government to live within its means...and live within its own laws (i.e., the Constitution), everyone...including farmers...would be much better off. We need to return to a production-based economy, instead of the ponzi scheme credit-based economy that has been in place since 1912 when Wilson's administration and congress put the Federal Reserve in charge of our economy (which, I might add, since it was not specifically covered in the Constitution, neither had the legal right to do). Our dollar is now worth 4 cents (compared to its $1.00 value in 1912). If you ask me, we need to totally clean house in DC, and start over with folks who respect the fundamental tenets of our republic. Most people think the Federal Reserve is part of our government. In fact, it is a private corporation owned by 13 or 14 of the richest families in Europe that represent a long line of oligarchial wealth handed down for centuries. Theirs is a global s
Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 10:15:45 AM 
To keep COOL ...
(the USDA marketing program that requires retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of beef (including veal), goat meat, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, pecans, peanuts, macadamia nuts and other perishable agricultural commodities)...

... vote for OBAMA!
Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 10:38:05 AM 
McCain wants gay life & Obama wants to kill babies !!! WHY ??? ;
They both agree to changing...
................................. the 1st & 2nd Amendment...

I voted, by mail, for:
................................. Ralph Nader [Peace & Freedom]...

Read both as each explain the other
................................. Daniel & REV.

We are nearing the END of TIME
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Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 12:18:56 PM 
I know that Unions back the O man and I am a Union person! However I can't see how the O-man supports so much, that I fear he know little about.(farming) There is NO way HE will do all the above articles say he supports. Not if he says he plans on cutting taxes after of course he raises them. An Idiot knows community programs raise our taxes. I'm not saying we don't need them BUT WE sure don't need more. Don't you think the Acorn Tree has sewn enough. Maybe even enough that we all will suffer if the O-man has it his way. Again the poll taken if taken by the opposite Party and will be slanted that way. He says he supports all. Is that like him saying he has had no ties with Bill AYRES. Or he only defended Acorn in Court Yet the push is hard from their side it has created fraud. Why did he chose Wright’s church, a church that hates whites and America. I DON”T support Farm Aid but not the O-man. He will not help the farmer! John PV born an raised on a
Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 4:05:59 PM 
It is inconcievable to expect any candidate from either major party to do anything that helps the Family Farmer,-----Political favoritism aside. "Vote for anybody else". (so said Ron Paul).
Anonymous @ 10/23/2008 4:20:30 PM 
Thank you, Carol, for what must have been a huge job. I actually HAVE heard Senator Obama mention incentives to promote agriculture among the younger generation, when speaking of the importance of keeping American agriculture alive and well.
Anonymous @ 10/24/2008 12:56:18 PM 
ok people its time to read between the lines. the O man is talking out of both sides of his mouth. he says he for the little guy ie: family farms, small business and main street. take the 250,000 and below tax cut. most small farms,small business in this area make 250,000 a yr. thats not that much money after you take out all the taxes,employee benefits, insurance and general up keep of ones farm or bussiness. hes going to spread your wealth to the non working public is that what you want . more social programs for the non willing to work public. please research the O MAN BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR MARK IN THE BOX OR PULL THE LEVER. OUR FREEDOMS ARE AT RISK IF HE IS ELECTED . VOTE MCcain to keep freedom ringing . john has fought for america his whole life and i believe he will continue if we elect him as comander and chief of this great nation. im not voting for a certain party im voting for the best choice we have. "JOHN MCCAIN"
Anonymous @ 10/25/2008 7:40:22 PM 
We are supporting McCain. At least we KNOW what we get with the Republicans. The Democrats talk a good talk but when the going gets tough where are they? Can't take responsibilty for anything they have a hand in. I don't think either candidate will do anything for the farmers. If we haven't had enough brains in our heads to organize by now (like who's going to cut production to jack up fuel prices?) there is no hope for small farmers. Carter was horrible for us, Clinton not so much either. We need to get the government out of agriculture and get paid a fair price at the farm gate. It will never happen with either party in power as they are all beholden to the multi nationals and the grain companies. Got NAFTA? Maybe with Mccain and Palin at least we will be able to curtail the number of abortions that have done so much to "liberate us" in this country. Former AAM leaders, Groundswell, Wisc Farm Alliance, NFO, you name it, we've tried it(to organize farmers that is)small d
Anonymous @ 11/1/2008 3:21:36 PM 
I'm a union guy, middle class, registered independent. I think democrats would do more to help family farms than republicans, but democrats don't do enough. I plan on voting for Nader this time around. I've given up on both parties. It's been said before, but this two-party system doesn't benefit the working American. Both parties got us into this mess. There's just too much corporate influence in politics and I'm fed up.

Buy local. Buy American. Buy Union.
Anonymous @ 11/2/2008 7:59:57 PM 
Anonymous@11/2/08 9:53
I don't like the beckering and backstabbing that goes on between the two canidates,its like little children saying well you did this,you did that.But like alot of people have said its time for a change so I'm voting for Mr.Obama.He says he's for bringing more jobs to people here in the United States.Farmers are the root or should I say food of our nation.God Bless All
Anonymous @ 11/3/2008 8:22:48 AM 
It's pretty clear to me that the Farm Aid capsualization points to Barrack Obama as the better candidate to improve the family farm, hands down. Considering the republican administration's perofrmance during Bush's terms,you'ld have to be f****in crazy to vote for four more years of this s**t!
Anonymous @ 11/3/2008 12:45:45 PM 
Too bad we didn't know this sooner as it could have been shared with all of the local Republican farmers...........
Anonymous @ 11/3/2008 2:41:26 PM 
hi 2 all i hope we can get America back on her feet but beleve me the onley way is throught god . good luck 2 every 1
Anonymous @ 11/3/2008 4:40:35 PM 
Anonymous @ 11/3/2008 7:28
I have read many of your Comments, I thought Willie supported George W. Bush the last go around. I have been a life long democrat until this year and changed my party affiliation to Republican and darn proud of it. I can't vote for an unknown man that I'm not sure is really an american citizen, his affiliation with Rev. Wright who is about as racist as anyone, is frightening. I have already cast my vote for John McCain and hope people are smart enough to join me in voting for our next President John McCain.

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