May 29, 2024

Socialism and the American farmer

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To the Editor,

Until the election, we will be hearing everyday about the radical, leftist socialists who want to take over this country. It is easy to imagine how frightening this must be to some Iowa farmer who has never read anything more enlightening than the operator’s manual to his hay baler. This same farmer may have collected one million dollars in USDA payments in a ten-year period and received over one hundred thousand dollars in Market Facilitation Program payments last year. This year, he will receive a 60 percent to 80 percent subsidy on his Federal Crop Insurance premium of $80,000.

This farmer’s seven children all received a free K-12 education, but he is convinced that anyone who proposes a free K-14 education (includes two years college) is a Marxist-Leninist who wants to turn America into Venezuela. His greatest fear is that his single parent worker making $14 an hour with two children might be getting too many food stamps. 

He has never really understood what the word “hypocrisy” means.

Norman Gronwold

Norcross, MN

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