Local Republican Sleaze
05/01/2012 13 Comments
I am sure that you have heard Sam Aanestad’s latest ad by now. If not you can find a copy HERE
I was shocked by this ad that was long on sleaze and short on substance. Rather than tell us what he would to improve the lives of citizens in CA District 1, we heard an attack on Doug LaMalfa for taking farm subsides, trying to tie it to our huge growing debt. The add implies that the only reason that LaMalfa is running for congress is to protect his farm subsidies. Let’s examine some of the facts that the ad left out.
When you look at the other farms in the Congressional district the LaMalfa farm is not even in the top 20 of the farms that get subsidies. Was Sam suggesting that the LaMalfa farm should have rejected the subsides on principle, when all the other farms in the valley took them? If that is the case, Sam does not seem to understand basic economics.
The LaMalfa family has been growing rice in the valley for three generation for over 80 years. Long before the current farm subsides legislation was in place. Doug La Malfa was not in Congress to when it was passed. He was farming, with little influence over the out come of the legislation that provides subsides for wheat, rice, cotton, tobacco, dairy, soybeans, minor oil seeds, peanuts, sugar, honey, wool and mohair, vegetable oil, and other crops including corn for ethanol. Congressional farm subsides are the way the US has chosen to do agriculture business. It may not be the best way, but that is not Doug LaMalfa’s fault?
If Sam does not like farm subsides then he needs to run on that platform. Let’s hear how he will be providing food security in a chaotic world, without loosing our competitive advantage in global markets. He needs to explain why food prices will soar without the subsides. He needs to step up and stop the sleazy attacks.
More on food security HERE.