Saturday, November 05, 2011

Welfare Ranching or Old-Fashioned Extortion

Seems like the livestock industry has reached a new level of forthrightness in their demands for public (and private) money. This article in the New York Times concludes like this:
If wolves are going to be part of the landscape,Mr. Peterson decided, he wants ranchers to get their share of the money “the people in Los Angeles and New York send” to conservationists to find solutions.
Yeah, well, you know what the people in Los Angeles and New York want? A share of the money the federal government throws at ranchers. For an extra $123 million a year, we're pretty sure them city slickers could find some small businesses to support that wouldn't foul our water and air. Ahem.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Yeah, well, you know what the people in Los Angeles and New York want? A share of the money the federal government throws at ranchers. For an extra $123 million a year, we're pretty sure them city slickers could find some small businesses to support that wouldn't foul our water and air."

Yep. Some of us Westerners would agree!