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  •  Did You Miss the Reagan Admin that No Democratic (18+ / 0-)

    presidency has since opposed?

    Farmers were told then "get big or die." Farmers, like everyone else.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 09:16:03 PM PDT

    •  Bush administration promoted that (1+ / 0-)
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      Orinoco

      In presentations on the subject of government contracting, the Bush administration said small contractors would be eliminated or forced to work for larger contractors as a matter of policy.  That forced many small employers to rely on big corporations with money and teams of lobbyists, who promoted policies that favored them at the expense of small employers.  This is how American towns become economic "dust bowls."

    •  Get big or get out was with Nixon (7+ / 0-)

      It goes way back.  Nixon became scared that food prices would go up and he'd be voted out, so in 1971 he directed his Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz, to lower the price of food.

      Earl Butz changed agriculture in America

      In his time heading the USDA, Butz revolutionized federal agricultural policy and reengineered many New Deal era farm support programs. For example, a program he abolished paid corn farmers to not plant all their land. This program had attempted to prevent a national oversupply of corn and low corn prices. His mantra to farmers was "get big or get out," and he urged farmers to plant commodity crops like corn "from fencerow to fencerow." These policy shifts coincided with the rise of major agribusiness corporations, and the declining financial stability of the small family farm.

      (from Wikipedia)

      Universal Health Care - it's coming, but not soon enough!

      by DrFood on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 07:20:03 AM PDT

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