Archive for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Letter: Corporate farms

March 13, 2013


To the editor:

“What’s galling him is he can’t get his fingers on it!”

The “old Bailey Building & Loan” that is. If you watch Frank Capra’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” every Christmas, like we do, you’ll know the reference. Potter doesn’t just want most of it; he wants all of it. He even tries hiring George Bailey, though George turns him down.

But Sam Brownback is smarter than George Bailey; Sam took the job, he’s working for Potter. Potter doesn’t want an income tax, so Sam does away with it; he doesn’t need a home mortgage deduction, so Sam says get rid of it. Potter has no use for public schools; neither does Sam. Potter won’t make a profit off universal health care, so he doesn’t want it; Sam sides with Potter. An independent judiciary? Not for Potter or his man, Sam.

Potter already owns the big banks, and the insurance companies, big oil, the Chamber of Commerce, and all that, but something keeps slipping through his fingers; he can’t get his hands on Kansas’ farmland. The law protects family farming, and it’s galling Potter. He’s told his man Sam he wants that changed, and Sam’s happy to oblige.

What’s the good for Kansas? From reading the newspaper, it even seems a few of Sam’s men in the Legislature have sniffed it, and are asking the same question. Here’s hoping Kansans figure out who Sam takes his orders from before it’s too late.


Stain 1 year, 1 month ago

This is a fabulous letter.

I hope Potter's loyal boy Sam will read it.

Sam has sold his soul and us Kansas for a few pieces of silver.


Liberty275 1 year, 1 month ago

Why should a farm be different than an automobile plant, a coal mine or DisneyWorld? I can understand wanting to keep as much as possible for the small guy but I can't think of a fair reason to view them as different.


riverdrifter 1 year, 1 month ago

A friend farms 14,400 acres in NW Kansas and he's 100% opposed to this bill.


mikekt 1 year, 1 month ago

Had a neighbor in OP who inherited 7 Million $, when his poor, humble, no doubt abused farm folks parents passed away . Good for him .

Not all businesses are successful...... nor are all farmers,..... but that doesn't necessarily mean that if you are a farmer or a business person, that you will die poor !

Nor does it mean that there are not welfare kings & queens, with dirt beneath their rural farming nails, who don't get fat government payments, to sleep late, drive an expensive vehicle and do nothing

Maybe the Kochs are jealous and want to dive into the feed trough ?!


Richard Heckler 1 year, 1 month ago

From ALEC Brownback's planning guide.

In ALEC Brownback's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU have a voice or vote?

The Planning Guide.

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures

ALEX EXPOSED – The Koch Connection

ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting


FlintlockRifle 1 year, 1 month ago

William, very to the point letter, You Mr. Gotland saying ""farmers are RICH"" where did you come up with that info?? How many RICH farmers do you know?, most are rich in work ethics, and very long days in the fields alone doing a job not meny people want to do anymore. Can most people do this type of work day in and day out, never knowing what might hsppen to you almost ready corn or wheat crop, answer is no


Les Blevins 1 year, 1 month ago

Just to be clear; the Democratic minded among us tend to support the family farmer while the Republicans generally support a takeover of family farming by the big ag corporations as they promote intensive industrial scale farming more than family farmers do. I recall when birds were plentiful in Kansas and bird hunting was very popular but industrial farming has sprayed so much insecticides that insects like grasshoppers are almost nonexistent today and pheasants and quail have nothing to eat and industrial farming from road to road leaves no cover on the land during winter to shelter wildlife.


btsflk 1 year, 1 month ago

party schmarty

The Ogallala reservoir is an overiding concern. It is being emptied faster than has been predicted. Would corporate entities tax it more?
Without the Ogallala most of Ks becomes desert.

Would the runoff from farming operations pollute ground water, as has already happened in some western ks communities where a feedlot has located near by.

This impacts more than farmers.


Matthew Herbert 1 year, 1 month ago

Read Joel Salatin's "Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal" and you'll understand what is going on. The corporate farming movement that is killing the family farming culture is not right versus left; it grows largely out of the ignorance of our own USDA. Read it, you won't regret it.


Gotland 1 year, 1 month ago

WHy are democcrats defending farmers, they are rich, white, conservative and everything the left hates?


jayhawklawrence 1 year, 1 month ago

Great letter and very entertaining!



btsflk 1 year, 1 month ago

Good analogy.

Many know who's in control.

Some are going to follow the the party regardless.

Others are apathetic.

I hesitate opening the paper every AM.


Paul R Getto 1 year, 1 month ago

On a brighter note. The R's kicked the press out last night so they would not see the long knives.


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