Overheard today a group of farmers talking about how they had visited the USDA FSA office to get their paperwork in order for 2016 funding. They have bigger plans for this year than last year, so they wanted to get more money for those projects. Then they started complaining about the EPA having unwarranted authority to regulate how farmers use water.
Funny how consistently I hear the inconsistent message from farmers that they want lower interest loans, easier access to grants, more generous subsidies and better price protection plans, but they also want less government regulation and lower taxes. Socialism (more government services, more government regulation and taxation) is a valid position with internally consistent logic. Libertarianism (less government services, less government regulation and taxation) is a valid position with internally consistent logic. Gimme-but-don’t-bother-me-ism is invalid and illogical, but it certainly is prevalent. And understandably so. It is nice to have the best of both worlds.
Am I oversimplifying? Of course I am. No political discourse is complete without a generous dose of oversimplification.