Ijust can’t hold back any longer. I need to weigh in on the health care debate.
Right there is a large part of the problem: They aren’t debating healthcare. Congress is only arguing about who will pay the bill. No, I admit I haven’t read the 2,000 pages, but the news is only about the bitter posturing.
Let me go back 20 years for a moment. I had taken the family to Florida. We went to an alligator farm to see the show. At the end, a member of the audience asked, “Weren’t alligators almost extinct? What happened to make this great comeback?” The show man said, “We let farmers start raising them. American farmers will overproduce anything.”
So I come back to my premise: Stop all the biting and snapping and put some farmers in charge. We will produce so much health care the price will drop to a point where anyone can afford it. In the time it takes to get a “crop” through med school, we would have so many heart surgeons we’d be trucking semi loads of them around the country, looking for extra storage. Outdoor sporting events would get H1N1 vaccinations from a spray plane. There would be vasectomy futures trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
The only downside might be if we let some big company start GMOing our kids to resist cancer. Wait, that will take some extra thought.
On another note, I hope many of you come to the International Sugarbeet Institute and stop by the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum booth. Syngenta Seeds/Hilleshög has agreed to help us out with a fun project. For a donation of $20 to the Sugarbeet Museum, you can pose for a multi-generation picture that will in turn be professionally printed for you, along with my poem, “Farmin’ With My Dad.” Bring dad, grandpa and the kids.
Just a reminder, by the way:
The 2010 International Sugarbeet Institute takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 17 and 18 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
Write Field column is written by David Kragnes. David farms near Felton, MN. He is a former Chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co., and currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.