Friday, August 10, 2007

Moron Mail Editor

Actually, it I think the only moron in this case is that blunt tool known as a spell checker. See if you can catch the unfortunate error:

In the Aug. 8 article "Politicking aplenty at 2007 Farmfest in Redwood County," your reporter correctly noted that the biggest applause of the day from the large farm audience was when U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns "lambasted subsidies for millionaires."

The House version of the farm bill continues subsidies for land owners or operators with personal annual incomes up to $1 million ($2 million for a couple). The administration proposed a limit of $200,000. Why are middle-class taxpayers being asked to supplement incomes that are several times their own? There will be a massive transportation bill following the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, the baby boomers will start retiring in the life of this farm bill, and we have a war debt to pay off.

Isn't it time to sober up about how we spend the little discretionary funding still available? The Senate still has a chance to get this right with tits version of the farm bill.

We should demand that it does better


I think it's a safe bet that David Strom will support this version of the bill...

NOTE: The error has been fixed online, but appears as above in the print version.

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