How Dare She!

How dare Kay Hagan stand up for farmers. How dare she join with conservative and moderate Democrats and Republicans to oppose cuts to farm funding in President Obama's budget. It doesn't matter that I agree with her. It doesn't matter that agriculture is a huge employer in North Carolina. It doesn't matter that agriculture provides over $70 billion in the state's gross product. How dare she work with moderates and conservatives. Here's Hagan's justification:

These are tough economic times for everyone across North Carolina, especially our farmers. I do not see the justification in reducing the help that many farmers depend on in this economic climate, and I joined with my colleagues to voice our concern to the leaders of the Budget Committee.

If enacted, the proposed budget would break the contract our federal government made with producers in the 2008 Farm Bill that provides them with a strong safety net. This not only threatens the domestic supply of food and fiber that Americans depend upon, it further undermines our rural communities already in crisis.

The letter opposing the farm funding cuts was signed by 17 U.S. Senators and sent to Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking Member Judd Gregg (R-NH).


I'm just poking a little fun at those of us

who jerk a knee every now and then....and I certainly include myself in that.

Good for Kay for standing up for North Carolina's farmers.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I was thinking that too

I couldn't remember the nature of the proposals, but I know it's more an issue of who gets support ... big bidness or real family farms.

Kay leans in the direction of big business instinctively. Always has, as near as I can see. Certainly did in the NC Senate, big time. I'm not sure why. Is it a conscious choice about what's best for the country? Or is it just good old fashioned upbringing? Either way, it's not appealing to this independent voter.

Well, I had already sent the question to the Hagan camp

Here is the reply....

Senator Hagan is more than willing to take a look at ways to ensure that subsidies are going to the farmers that need them the most – small, family-owned farms – while restricting the amounts going to large, corporate farms.

The President’s proposal, however, was to restrict payments for farms with over $500,000 in gross revenues – a poor indicator of a farm’s profitability.

There’s no industry that deals with more uncertainty than the farming industry. The last thing farmers need is added uncertainty of not knowing, year after year, if Congress might decide that they do not want to do what they promised to do. Congress passed the Farm Bill last year and Senator Hagan believes it would be a breach of trust to reopen that argument so soon after having passed it.

Senator Hagan feels that discussions about farm subsidies are best held in the context of farm bill reauthorization.

Many of the family owned farms out my way gross $500,000, but their net barely keeps their heads above water.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I've been corrected on the coat-tails issue

since Hagan had more votes than Obama. But I agree that overall turnout for Obama was ultimately a deciding factor.

The farm argument should be separated from the election argument. Hagan doesn't owe Obama anything. She's on the wrong side of this issue philosophically, choosing to defend corporate interests here and now.

Not the typical seat warmer

I agree, Betty. I believe that we have elected the talent we needed there. People may not go along with every voting decision that she makes, but she has proven herself as a competent leader. She won my county primarily because of anti-Dole but think that she can stand on her own two legs now. Is it just me or does it seem like there's a lot more activity among our state delegation these days? They are everywhere both home and away. Finally!

I don't think it is just your imagination

I think most of them take their responsibilities to their constituents very seriously. I also think they know that in these economic times they simply need to be more visible. It's reassuring to think our voices are being heard.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Here's my Problem with it....

She is being USED! She would be better off to float around and do her own thing for a year or two rather than be label a Blue Dog Conservative Dem. I think she is making a huge mistake. I am all for Farmers too, but Right now Party Unity is more important to me. Barack Obama needs EVERY DEMOCRAT to support him for at least the First Two years of his administration. HE NEED HIS HONEYMOON PERIOD! These Moderate/Conservative/Democrats are only out for themselves. They aren't thinking BIG PICTURE. If Barack doesn't get his agenda passed within the 1st or 2nd year he want get it PASSED PERIOD! We all need to CALL KAY AND LET HER KNOW WHERE SHE IS MESSING UP!!!

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!