• John Vogel

    Burning Money With Hot Air!

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     by John Vogel
     on August 20, 2010

    Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and Governor Ed Rendell promised to bring a natural gas severance tax to a vote by October 1. They must do far better than that. Every day of inaction costs commonwealth citizens millions of dollars in lost funds needed for local road upkeep, community services, environmental remediation and necessary economic development. So far, the action has been all talk (hot air), with no substantive plan. That’s the most disturbing thing. There’s…

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    Are 'Entitlements' Healthy For Farmers?

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     by John Vogel
     on August 13, 2010

     Several weeks ago, a learned gentleman pointed out to me that most Farm Program payments go to farmers who raise commodities that aren’t profitable. And he suggested that those farm products that are profitable aren’t “on the take” from Uncle Sam. In short, he alleged that farmers are welfare recipients as much as those who live via food stamps and unemployment benefits. Are your “juices” boiling yet? Over the last 75 years, agriculture has become…

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    Fire Up Your Positive Spirit

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     by John Vogel
     on August 12, 2010

     This week, I had the privilege of spending a great deal of time with farmers at Empire Farm Days, near Seneca Falls, N.Y. And the one thing that keeps coming to me over and over is how farmers still love what they do, even if they don’t make a lot of money. That’s because when family, seeing things grow and “being your own boss” are most important in your life, fattening a big bank account becomes secondary. In fact, big bank accounts don’t bring happiness…

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