So everyone has seen the pictures of the drought-ravaged areas of our country. It’s actually painful to walk in my yard — the grass has been crispy brown (except for Isaac watering the lawn today).
Here in KC, we’re surrounded by vast fields of corn, wheat, and soy beans. Drive a little ways into Kansas, and all you see for miles is huge herds of cows. We feed the world, right?
Now all you see is brown stalks of withered corn and dead fields. Even worse, what do cattle eat when the grass is dead in the height of summer?
So Congress thinks, this is a disaster. Let’s help the farmers with emergency aid. The House sends a bill to the Senate for 343 million in aid. The Senate won’t vote on it, and then they all leave Washington for five weeks. I guess the Senate was mad that they had approved a five-year farm bill that the House wouldn’t vote on because it included millions of dollars for food stamps. Not sure what food stamps have to do with a farm bill, but that’s Washington playing games again.
So while Congress is playing tit for tat and lounging around at home, ranchers are forced to sell young cows way too early because they have no grass for grazing and have run out of money to buy feed. The cattle starve or they get butchered. The ranchers aren’t getting squat money-wise, because there’s a glut of meat in the market now. And next winter, guess what? The price of meat will skyrocket, because cattle that would head to market later were slaughtered in the height of summer.
Thanks, Congress. Once again, you got nothing done, and we suffered for it. Enjoy your vacation.