I have a couple of issues with the article “There's A Lot On The Line” in October BEEF ( page 14).
A major flaw by writer Doug McInnis is his claim that the only way to increase federal revenues is to increase taxes. There is another time proven and very effective way to increase federal or state revenues — cutting taxes.
The Reagan tax cuts in the early 1980s doubled federal revenues. The Johnson tax cut in the early 1960s also increased revenues. The Judy Martz tax cuts here in Montana have also allowed for an upcoming surplus. I believe the article really shorted the readers by not mentioning the power of tax cuts to increase federal revenues.
McInnis also writes that President Bush wants to limit discretionary spending. Well, he has. There's been only a 1% increase in each of the last three years.
There's been a lack of federal revenue for several reasons. The recession handed off by President Clinton — due to the dot.com bubble burst and the largest tax increase in American history in 1993 — was put into overdrive by 9/11. In addition, unprecedented energy prices in this country due to our lack of refining capability kept the economy stalled.
However, the Bush tax cuts have given this economy and citizens room to spend, invest and maneuver our way out of the recession and begin moving toward greener pastures.
Sneaky words from Ranger Rick
My children received a gift subscription to Ranger Rick magazine, a publication of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). In the September issue a “reader” asked: “Is there anything I can do to help the environment?” Ranger Rick gave four tips and then referred readers to a Web link for further info. Here are the two top tips:
Eat less meat. (Raising animals for food uses lots of energy and water and can cause awful pollution.)
Eat more organic food. (Organic farmers don't use chemicals that harm the environment or people's health.)
Maybe it sounds silly to get up in arms over a typical comment from NWF in a children's magazine. But I think most of the Ranger Rick readership is just animal-loving kids, not diehard tree huggers. I would guess few parents know what their kids are reading; it's not all cute and furry.
Unidentified cowboy has a name
I opened your September issue, looked on page 74 (“40 Years Of Cattle Marketing”) and was pleasantly surprised to see my husband, Vern Schiller, pictured. He was the young, unknown cowboy who brought in the calf and held it during the historic opening of futures trading in live beef cattle at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Nov. 30, 1964. At the time, he was the manager for Col. Herman Lacy, owner of Shamrock Farms, McHenry, IL.
Today, a few cattlemen might recognize him. He's been featured in numerous industry magazines. Among his honors, he received the National Cattlemen's Association's first National Feedlot Quality Award (farmer-feeder division).
Vern is retired but still maintains 30 Angus brood cows, two bulls and his cattle dog, Corky. He continues to work on behalf of the industry volunteering, cooking and promoting beef at fundraisers for cancer drives, kids functions, town activities and state and local fairs.
The next time I open a magazine and see that infamous 40-year-old picture, I hope to see that the young cowboy has a name!