• John Vogel

    What Really Happens To Unfunded Federal Mandates

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     by John Vogel
     on September 27, 2010

    Watching Uncle Sam’s fiscal irresponsibility is driving many sane-minded citizens to be tea-partiers – even me, if you haven’t already deduced that. So if your state is sliding deeper and deeper into red-ink budgets, it may well be due to Executive branch intimidation in response to different congressional budget priorities. My point? Both branches of our federal government simply aren’t facing the fact that Uncle Sam has overextended himself. Ignoring the bottom line…

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    You Already Have What Most Want

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     by John Vogel
     on September 21, 2010

    Cows, horses and sheep stretch over and through fence wires trying to snatch greener grass just beyond their reach. Humans do the same – figuratively speaking. And sometimes, they, too, get zapped or caught in that proverbial fence. Farmers, particularly younger ones, often salivate for what they see on the urban side of the fence – new pickups, fancier homes, extended vacations, regular paychecks and less work. It’s part of our lesser human nature to see only the bright…

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    Project Your Good Image With Care!

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     by John Vogel
     on September 15, 2010

      Consumers generally see farmers as hard working independent souls – ones they admire. But they are bombarded with negative media images of animal cruelty, food safety crises, stream pollution, as well as the grim specter of “factory farms” and “corporate farms”. That was one of the issues discussed in a visit with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl Shaffer early this week. As Shaffer pointed out, we in agriculture don’t condone “bad…

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    Uncle Sam Has A Spending -- Not Income -- Trouble!

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     by John Vogel
     on September 3, 2010

      How did you train up your children to handle money? You probably counseled them more than once that “You have to learn to live within your means.” Then after giving that puzzled look, their concentration moved on to something of greater interest. You’d probably get same exact look from most of our congressmen and state leaders – before their eyes glaze over and their minds shift to topics more important to them. That “look” means they need to be…

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