But when Hunhoff does touch on politics online, he makes it count. His Monday post points us toward Michael Grunwald's Time commentary on five things America needs to get back on track. Number 5 on Grunwald's list? "A sane farm policy."
What's insane about current farm policy? Says Grunwald:
U.S. agriculture policy is a jumble, but the basic goal is simple: redistribute money to big commodity farmers. The median farmer's net worth is five times the median American's, and the top one-tenth of farmers get three-fourths of the subsidies. It's a welfare program for the mega farms that use the most fuel, water and pesticides, emit the most greenhouse gases, grow the most fattening crops, hire the most illegals and depopulate rural America [Michael Grunwald, Time, 2008.11.17; cited by bernie Hunhoff, "A Farm 'Ouch' in Time," South Dakota Magazine: Editor's Notebook, 2008.11.10].
Redistribution of wealth? Hiring illegals? Destroying rural America? Sounds like a critique from John McCain, not the liberal media.
Check out Hunhoff's post, and give some thought to whether the $307 billion farm bill really is welfare for the ag-industrial complex.