Letter from Langdon: Recognize Me?
[imgbelt img=Rushmore528.jpg]Trade, antitrust violations and a complacent government have helped to wear away the face of rural America.
Financial institutions proved two years ago that it’s bred into them to take the money and run. Corporate bonuses are paid even as stock prices, companies, and even nations, collapse. But corporations are immortal. They can rise again, disguised as someone new.
That’s how the most powerful patented seed company in the world came into being.
Just as I was created by my Maker to do an important task, earning profits at any cost is solely what these companies were created for. Now, the very laws that once protected my rights to competitive, efficient markets have been turned inside out. My right to succeed has become a corporate need for me to fail so that corporate growth and profit can be sustained — at my cost.
In fact, it seems like the only time they appreciate me these days is when they want what I have. But lately our government has been looking into antitrust laws and agriculture. Detractors say that because these laws have rarely been enforced over the last 50 years, they have become unenforceable today. Others, like Senators Saxby Chambliss (Georgia) and Pat Roberts (Kansas), caution against acting too hastily, lest corporations take a hit.
A corporation saved is a penny earned, I guess.
Attorney General Eric Holder thinks he might see a problem for independent family farmers. Time will tell if he finds anything that looks like real oversight from courts, the Department of Justice, and USDA.
I sure hope they recognize us.