Monthly Archives: March 2012

Give Me No LIP

I wrote this two years ago after the House passed obamacare.  Several blog sites refused to post it.  Even NCBA’s Cattle Call would not post it.  It did get posted on one ot the most frequently read web blogs on the planet, Ann Barnhardt at posted it.  After reading it again this morning, I would probably edit it or use different words in places.  I am just going to post the origional instead.  The ideals are still the same.  Enjoy the “Forbidin Blog”

Give Me no LIP

April 2010


Great nations rise and fall.  The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, liberty leads to abundance then to selfishness, selfishness leads to complacency right into apathy, apathy leads to dependence, and dependence leads us right back into bondage.  Recently the house passed the Health Care bill.  I never thought I’d ever see anything like this.  I am absolutely appalled by this action.  Some people think this took us into the dependence stage.  I feel we were already there,  farm subsidies, bank bail outs, automaker bail outs, all forms of socialism, the house vote on health care just solidified it.

A lot of my friends are wondering how this happened.  Freedom caused it.  That’s right.  Freedom gives us the ability to be as successful as we want to be.  On the other side of the coin, it gives us the right to be stupid.  Freedom takes work and intellect to maintain.  The case with a lot of people, instead of working to over come a problem they want the government to help.  The government is more than willing to help.  That help usually has two costs.  1) is the cost to the tax payer  2) is the laws, stipulations, or mandates that follow.  The reason we get from the government for doing this is, as they say, “so this won’t  happen again”.

Social justice is a concept some people use to describe the movement towards a socially just world.  In this context social justice is based on the concept of equality and involves a greater degree of of economic egalitarianism (the founding principle for socialism and cooperative economic organization) through progressive taxation, income redistribution, and even property distribution.  This can only be achieved by making changes to existing wealth and power structures.  These policies are spun as a creator of equality of opportunity and equality of outcome.    One of the democratic reps used this in her debate, “because we are equally free born then it means we are absolutely equal”. Now this concept is impossible to reach.  People will never have equal output for their inputs, even if their inputs are equal.  This is fundamentally impossible because we all have different talents and gifts.  Some can learn quicker, some are more creative.  They find success easier.  So people that have a more difficult time get resentful and jealous.  Under social justice, they can get a piece of what the other guy earned through his efforts.  This will make them happy for two reasons 1) they get something without earning it 2) it brings the other guy down and keeps him from gaining to much momentum.

In my opinion when Americans say they prefer social justice. They are saying they would rather be led and fed by the state than be free.  They are comfortable with the state having control over their personal decisions because a cap on success is worth having a cap on failure.  And lets face it, people are more apt to fail than succeed.  If someone is going to fail they sure don’t want the other guy to have to much success.  So capping his success sounds like a good idea to them. Success takes work and commitment.  But what is failure?  Henry Ford said “failure is an opportunity to start over, only next time your wiser.”

I have sat in a bunch of meetings with cattlemen from all over the country.  I always get a bang out of how we pound our chests and claim to be capitalists.  A quick search of EWG’s data base, would suggest otherwise.  Livestock Indemnification Programs, and Equip are socialists programs.  These programs, in my opinion, are set up to reward you for doing the wrong things.  LIP, will reimburse you for livestock losses.  We are not supposed to let our cattle die.  I went through the same heat last summer that everyone else here did.  I didn’t lose any cattle.  I went through the same blizzards that everyone else here did.  Again, I didn’t lose any cattle.  Yet the buzz at the auction barns is a lot of guys are hoping they get approved for LIP.  I met a guy once that said programs like these only keep the bad producers in business.

I was really shocked when my accountant was so surprised to see I had insurance on my livestock.  Insuring your belongings is the responsible thing to do.  I scratch my head when people don’t insure their  cattle, but think the government should help when things go wrong.  And we all know things will go wrong once in a while.  If you won’t protect yourself why should someone else be expected to do it?

Protecting yourself and risk management should be part of everyone’s business model.  If people keep relying on the government to bail them out, they should expect the government to tell them what to do.  Proverbs teaches us that “the borrower is servant to the lender”.

The other option that is out there is my buddy Travis’ idea.  Let those producers fail so guys like us can buy them out, instead of using our tax dollars to bail them out.  This would save on government spending and it should lighten the tax burden.  This would support a sustainable business model that when allowed to grow freely will begin to create jobs.

Just chew on this.  Health care represents over 1/6of the economy and affects everyone of us.  Just imagine how easily the government could take over agriculture since we represent less than 2% of the population.  Could you imagine the government telling us how many acres to plant to beans  or corn?  When to sell our cattle, or telling us how much money we are going to make?  That might sound a little radical, but it’s not to far fetched.  Be sovereign

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