I was reading about the proposed farm bill that President Bush has threatened to veto and wondered what Republican growers in the San Joaquin Valley are thinking. In 2002, Bush had no problem signing an expensive farm bill drafted by a Republican-controlled Congress, regardless of cost increases. Funny, when it's a bill drafted by a Democratic-controlled Congress, President Bush vetoes it.
Any type of help to farmers is good. They are competing with cheap imports and difficult water and harvesting problems. Our commander in chief has no problem sending $12 billion a month to Iraq and Afghanistan; God forbid he help us here at home. If he vetoes the proposed farm bill, our farmers will know how it feels to be treated like a Katrina victim, or a veteran with benefits cut.
Lots of dollars for the president's and vice president's agendas, Halliburton, Blackwater and a slew of other contractors in the war zone. Lots of tax dollars for them and the contractors that slid into the gulf after Katrina. But the president will veto a bill by Democrats and Republicans designed to help our farmers.
DENNIS DEL CORNO