Thursday, October 27, 2016

Against all odds, economics, the dismal science, has become even more dismal.

Things that just hapend to — well — happen!

Fall’s first frost — usually a mid-October event in my adopted central Illinois — waited until the last possible monthly moment — deep into Halloween night — to finally show winter’s white face.

It’s tough being a genetically modified organism in election season because no election passes without someone or some state slamming you for being, well, you.

Plenty to criticize in the new farm bill.

All right, listen up! We’ve got a lot to sort out here and little time to do it.

Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack threatened to impose a second beef checkoff that would double the annual, non-refundable collections of the now-$80 million federal program if members of his reform effort didn't come to an agreement.

What did individuals and political action committees believe they were buying when they contributed $755.1 million this election cycle to Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and $415.2 million to Republican and Democratic candidates to the U.S. Senate?

If only we knew ... where the money went.

There are facts on which the world operates and there are facts on which politics operate. Spoiler alert: The two are not the same.
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