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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Mini Mike made us all farmers



9 days after we the people elected Donald John Trump as our president, Mini Mike started his 2020 campaign with a speech at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. He told the audience, “I could teach anybody — even people in this room, no offense intended — to be a farmer.”

This week, the video surfaced. Vice President Mike Pence (and many others) tweeted the Dodge Super Bowl commercial of the late Paul Harvey reciting, "So, God Made a Farmer."

It is a poetic and poignant essay filled with nuances we cityfolk had not considered.

It ends, "God said, 'I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bales and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets…and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark.' So, God made a farmer!

"It had to be somebody who’d plow deep and straight…and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed…and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard day’s work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who’d laugh and then sigh…and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'

"So, God made a farmer!"

So Sean Davis made a spoof, "So God Made A Bloomberg."

He ended his piece, "God said, 'I need somebody with no charm, no charisma, and no compelling reason to ever serve in government to nonetheless buy his way onto the ballot, then buy his way into the mayor’s office, then buy off the city council to eliminate the two-term limit on mayoral service. And then I need him to spend nine figures buying his way into the Democrat primary, because there would be nothing more hilarious than watching a broken down old socialist get robbed, again, by yet another New York crony who is the life-size poster child for everything that’s wrong with modern capitalism.'

"So God made a Bloomberg."

Right on.

Just as Hillary made every West Virginian a coal miner in 2016, Mini Mike has made every American a farmer in 2020. By sneering at people who work hard and are struggling, he made the same mistake she did.

Putting his words in context made the quote worse.

Via Snopes, a student asked him, "Mr. Bloomberg, Trump got in on a great sense of inequality, not just in the United States but across the world. There’s been a divide, and there’s an increasing divide, between the haves and the have-nots. What do you think business leaders — what’s their responsibility to addressing that divide and uniting, perhaps, the central America and the coasts?"

He gave a long response (1,538 words) that never answered the question. In the middle of it, Bloomberg said, "I could teach anybody — even people in this room, no offense intended — to be a farmer.

"It’s a [process]. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that. Then you have 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow and you can have a job. And we created a lot of jobs. [At] one point, 98% of the world worked in agriculture, today it’s 2% in the United States.

"Now comes the information economy. And the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology, and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze. And that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter."

Bloomberg understands farming about as well as Hillary understands coal mining. I know they could not withstand the backbreaking labor required, but I doubt either one of them could handle the intellectual side of farming or mining.

Mini Mike and Hillary act as if they are smarter. Losing your farm to bungled federal policy? Why just learn to code. Mine shutting down because of EPA? Why just learn to code. Tell a laid off journalist that, and Twitter will banish you for a week.

If you add up all the miners and the farmers in America, you come up with less than 3 million people. But support for them goes well beyond their numbers. We identify with them.

Now I don't know a single coal miner, and the coal mines in Putnam County closed decades ago. The state has only 16,000 actual coal miners, but West Virginians understand their plight. The state seal of West Virginia features both a miner and a farmer.

Salena Zito went to Wisconsin to talk to dairy farmers. Again, that is a small sliver of Wisconsin's electorate, but the state identifies not just with farmers but with dairy farmers. The people of Wisconsin call themselves cheeseheads.

Donna Leum told Zito, "People who don’t know farmers or live near or in a farm community have little idea of why we feel so connected to our place.

"But they do seem to have strong opinions about who we are, and when they find out we supported Trump, they look at us as that dumb farmer who doesn’t know any better.

"Well those dumb farmers, they’re an electrician. They’re a plumber. They are mechanics, scientists, conservationists. They take care of the crops that fill their cupboards, (who) love and care for the animals who provide dairy and meat for their feasts. They are also vets and engineers.

"I mean, we have all these skills because you cannot keep calling repair people, so you do it yourself. So actually, I think we are pretty darn smart."

Of course they are smart. And self-reliant.

Once 98% of the people farmed. Only 2% do now. They are the best of that 98% because they figured out how to produce more and better crops.

Just as the miners figured out how to produce more coal with one-sixth the men working. And from smaller, harder to reach seams of coal.

I am not sure if President Trump fully understands mining or farming, but I do know he appreciates their hard work. His children do too.

Donald Trump Jr. said in 2016, "We didn’t learn from MBAs. We learned from people who had doctorates in common sense….It’s why we’re the only children of billionaires as comfortable in a D-10 Caterpillar as we are in our own cars."



Now you know the REST of the story.

31 comments:

  1. I guess blooieberg really is a Dem.

    he sho nuff do talk down at people.

    I note his rural ads claim he was mayor of a rich diverse city.

    don't mention new York by name.

    and he's going to end the fighting.

    don't mention he's planning to disarm 200 million law abiding citizens who disagree.

    and at least 300 million who don't want anything to do with new York values.

    that spells loser.

    waterman

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  2. I was raised on a wheat and cattle ranch belonged to the FFA,Have a degree in biology. /Am semi savvy in tech issues.Don't tiwt or tweet or fakebook. I do not have smart appliances or vehicle.. If I had Alexia the last thing I'd say is"Alexia did I five five or did I fire six?-To tell the truth i can't remember. -felling lucky?"
    I know ranchers and farmers who have master's degrees-including an MBA. GPS guided equipment.Spend hours on th ecomputer the hours replacing a hydraulic line on a combine . Then hop in the old Cessna to fly to Boise to pick up a computer for the Ford Tractor-and after dinner start puliing Calves..Mini Mike has
    not a clue.
    BTW love Jr. and the D-10 saw one for the first time working fire line near Klamath Falls OR.
    Pushing tres like the Nimitz pushing a bow wave..

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  3. For a smart guy, Mini Mike is not too bright.

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  4. The trolls whine about Trump buying influence.

    Telling them about Bloomie is going to be fun.

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  5. It's "yean lambs," not "tame lambs."

    Yeaning is the birthing of lambs, and yean rhymes with wean as in the next phras "wean pigs."

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  6. Bloomberg said: "Now comes the information economy. And the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology, and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze. And that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter."

    Who knew? Bloomberg telling us to "learn to code."

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    1. And for his fyi, information is but one part of an economy; it is not an entire economy unto itself. He is a disaster.

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  7. >>> In my latter high school Summers I was employed by our family friends, who owned a thoroughbred breeding farm [the family had their own Kentucky Derby entrants]
    ...It was the hardest work I ever did in my life and I loved every minute of the time with the camaraderie between my friends and I working right under that huge barn's hot sheet metal roof, roasting us in the July heat; with the never-ending bales of straw coming up the conveyor belt to the top floor for us to stack. I relished that job, as I luckily got moved off the bales wagons under the direct sun, where you threw the 50 lb. bales of straw (the hay bales dry were 75 lbs.), backwards up over your head onto the stacked piles
    ...And working on that wagon next to me under the 90 degree sun, throwing bales was the farm's owner (a millionaire ten times over). He was tru blue as they came.
    G*d made me a farm hand for a short stint in life, then he sent me back down with the mortals.
    ZBest

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  8. The Great One teed this up with actual audio a couple of nights ago to compare and contrast - very effective. Not like we need a whole bunch of reasons why we’d win a Second Civil War, but this is one of them. Once the internet goes out, the big cities will be essentially paralyzed.

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  9. Tell a farmer, "learn to code."
    They've known how for decades, it is only one of the thousand skill sets it takes to farm.
    Back when 98% of the nation were farmers, you usually had one neighbor who could plumb, another who could wire. Same was true for welding, tuning engines or fabricating parts. Today those skills once spread across fifty must be filled by one.
    The most important skills though are in dealing with sick injured or scared animals. That is the toughest part, and the one that must come naturally.

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    1. Yep, I saw my Cowboy/Indian Pop cry over the corpse of a calf that was born on a cold -15F below night- in February . I vaccinated myself against Black leg inoculating sheep..
      One has to have the experience of being run over by an scared and angry Ramboullet ewe to appriciate the fact that you would rather not be a Sheepman when you grow up..

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    2. I wasn't aware how farmers were until I had the pleasure of working with a guy who was very innovative. We were both engineers, he being electrical and me mechanical. He knew a lot about mechanics, such as hydraulics, etc. More than I did. I thought he was just brilliant; born that way. Until he told me he grew up on a farm with his brothers. It was then I started to realize where his innovation, and his knowledge about mechanics came from. Because he and his brothers, along with their father, had to acquire the skills, as Donna Leum stated, so they could fix the tractor, or machine that broke down. They could not call a repair person, as they couldn't afford to pay them, and even if they could, there was no one around that they could call. Gave me a healthy respect for farmers from then on. Idiots like boomie have no clue. Trump has worked around those types of people all his life. He understands them. It's part of why he went to Daytona.

      FLOlson

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  10. Old Mike Bloomberg had a farm,

    E-I-E-I,, NO...

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  11. Well, we know that pretty much anyone who could be taught to be a successful farmer, could also be taught to collect, collate and present information in a manner useful to investors and to write the code to present that on a dedicated terminal.

    If farmers got paid for chattering, we'd know more about what they do all day. But farmers and machinists (you know the guys who run lathes) don't get paid for chattering, they produce actual physical goods.

    Here is an insightful contrast from 130 years ago:

    "It is possible for the mind to indulge in false logic, to make the worse appear the better reason, without instant exposure. But for the hand to work falsely is to produce a misshapen thing—tool or machine —which in its construction gives the lie to its maker. Thus the hand that is false to truth, in the very act publishes the verdict of its own guilt, exposes itself to contempt and derision, convicts itself of unskillfulness or of dishonesty."

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  12. What would Bloomberg and urban Leftists do if farmers decided to stop sending food to cities? Or if the long complex chain that simplifies down to farmer->transport->processor->transport->wholesaler->transport->retailer->transport->customer ever broke down anywhere along its length? In New York City there would be cannibalism within 48-72 hours. And he wants to micturate in the Wheaties of those who keep the food flowing? They gonna plant corn in Times Square?

    Subotai Bahadur

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  13. Where would red states be without their agricultural welfare handouts? End the socialism of subsidies and let them earn a market price. That would be fun.

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    1. You first you stupid hypocritical dishonest troll. I'm sure you benefit in some way from federal handouts. No way you could have the time to spend at your mummy's computer desperately seeking unrequited attention at this blog unless you did. So, STFU dummy, and start by growing up you dumb arse. Quit worrying about others' taking of handouts until you quit, and show by example. Idiot.

      FLOLson

      FLOlson

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    2. Actually the market prices would go up. USDA programs are more about keeping food prices low by keeping too many farmers in business!

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    3. Nice to see FLOlson has returned. Where have you been? Of course we all know you are actually Surber.

      So team me FLO, why is it when Obama gives the auto industry a $15 billion bailout - most of which has been re-paid by the auto industry - it is socialism at its worse. But when Trump gives farmers $28 billion it is economically sound policy. Why is this FLO (Surber in disguise)?
      Of course, you will not give an cognitive thought answer but I do look forward to your major butthurt response.

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    4. "we all know you are actually Surber" "we"? You mean you and your stupid sockpuppets? Because it's obvious you don't have any friends, for if you did, you would not waste your time and ours, trolling this blog for unrequited attention.

      I will not give you the pleasure of attention by addressing your idiot comparison. You come here dishonestly, by not placing a moniker of some kind by your posts to identify them as your posts, although I've become quite adept at picking out your dreck by now. That disrespect you exhibit, is why I return the same towards you in my posts.

      Also, you disrespect this blog, its author, and the posters, because you troll. You drop silly brainless dreck posts pointing out what YOU deem hypocrisy while ignoring your very own: trolling. When posters here address your dreck with factual counter points, you never acknowledge them. You simply ignore the points, and move on and post another of your brainless dreck posts. I see no sense whatsoever in rewarding you for that adolescent behavior by providing you with the unrequited attention you so desperately seek here.

      Last, your idiot comparison illustrates that you do not understand how our Constitutional Republic, or, what's left of it, actually works. If I or anyone else were to educate you on that, you'd just ignore it, because you already got your attention, and to a stupid hypocritical dishonest troll like you, that's all that matters.

      Bottom line, you are a stupid hypocritical dishonest troll, as I've rightly attributed you. You refuse to grow up, and do something meaningful with your life, so here you come, seeking attention your mummy denied you in your youth. Newsflash: the attention you seek here will not substitute for that which you were denied so long ago. Grow up idiot. Get a life before it's gone, wasted away desperately seeking unrequited attention at a blog that will not solve your deep rooted problems.

      FLOlson

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    5. Mini Mike 2.0 wrote: "Where would red states be without their agricultural welfare handouts?"

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    6. Love being in FL's head. And let me tell you ... there is a lot of space in here.

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    7. Wait, you said you knew I was actually Surber!

      Trolls can't even be consistent in their posts, out side of their rank hypocrisy in trolling.

      Besides, my post stands. You didn't even address the factual point brought up by a poster above you. Because you are here dishonestly to troll. Piece of crap. No, wait. At least crap has a function, which is more than I can say for you, idiot.

      FLOlson

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    8. Pull all the food, fuel, electricity and other goods from leftards like you, anontroll, and the leftards run cities. That'll be fun. You and your ilk ilk will only be allowed what you produce. Learn to eat code and your vagina costume.

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  14. "heave bails?" how about "heave bales"
    Also, "Somebody who’d bale a family together"
    I'm not sure i would want to be in a bale with my family. Sounds a little too close for comfort!

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    1. I will fix. I should have cleaned up the transcription. Thanks.

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  15. Surber: "Mini Mike and Hillary act as if they are smarter. Losing your farm to bungled federal policy? Why just learn to code."

    And Donald Trump acts like he knows more about ISIS than the U.S.'s military generals. As for losing farms, what bungled federal policy do you speak? Farm bankruptcies hit an all-time high this month. Yep, tariff war with China is working wonders for the U.S. farmer.

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    1. Actually it has helped farmers. Red China agreed to purchase more American farm goods.

      Tariffs rock.

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    2. Our ruling

      Heitkamp said, "We have record bankruptcies in farming country."

      In her backyard, the upper Midwest, farm bankruptcies have indeed reached their highest level in at least a decade. But nationally, farm bankruptcies are holding steady, perhaps even falling slightly, and they sit below the levels seen as recently as 2009 to 2012.

      We rate the statement Mostly False.

      https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2019/feb/26/heidi-heitkamp/does-us-have-record-bankruptcies-farm-country/

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  16. About that logic that the remaining farmers and miners are the best of the best, it doesn't hold true for the remaining members of the press.

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  17. I'm not a farmer, but I am probably almost as offended as they are because I operate a portable sawmill. Bloomberg was insulting all who work with their hands in his comments. His simpleton description of the seed in the ground was actually describing gardening, not farming. Gardening is much simpler as long as it's a hobby and one doesn't have to be profitable. Farmers have to be profitable, and that's where the huge effort and many complexities of the occupation are important.

    When I was younger, I worked in the logging industry. I once told a friend that almost anyone can cut a tree down, but it's difficult to be a successful logger because you have to cut ENOUGH trees down, safely and efficiently to make good money. He replied: "no I can't even cut a tree down, if there were only two trees in a field, I would no doubt fell one into the other and have a "hanger"! I laughed pretty good at that one. A little self-depreciating humor goes a long way.

    Eric W.

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