As the 2012 Presidential election heats up, both candidates are making promises. How will those promises help or hurt American agriculture?
The last couple of weeks have been busy for nighttime television as debates featuring the presidential and vice-presidential candidates from the two top national tickets squared off. The nation was able to hear from both sides and evaluate which duo would be best to lead the nation. As election day draws nearer, Americans will soon be able to decide which direction they want the nation to go. But in the meantime, it’s important to evaluate how these candidates might help or hinder farmers and ranchers.
Earlier this month, Romney spoke in Iowa and released a whitepaper outlining his plan to reinvigorate rural America. He told the crowd, “America’s farmers and ranchers play an incredibly important role in our economic prosperity and must be supported. My Plan for a Stronger Middle Class includes policies that will help the agriculture sector thrive and deliver an economic recovery for rural America. We already ask our farmers and ranchers to cope with natural disasters. They should not also have to battle a manmade disaster of taxes and regulations from Washington. Our economic recovery must also be a rural recovery, and my plan for a stronger middle class will ensure that our agricultural sector grows and thrives.”
Read Romney’s whitepaper here.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration released a report in June announcing a $2-billion investment in rural small businesses.
“As we continue to fight our way back from the deepest economic crisis in generations and build an economy that lasts, rural America is helping to lead the charge. On farms and ranches, and in towns and communities across this country, rural Americans know that we are stronger as a people when everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Those are the values we need to return to, and as long as I’m president, my administration will continue to give our rural communities the support and investment they need to show us the way,” says Obama.
Read more about Obama’s policy here.
At BEEF, we have a 2012 Election resource page to help you make an informed decision when you vote this November. Check out the page here for current news and views on the debate, the candidates’ positions on farm issues and much more.
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