South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott VanderWal, in an interview with the Capital Journal a short time after Rounds fielded questions on [the Affordable Care Act] from the audience, said it’s not surprising that Farm Bureau members are concerned about the federal government’s Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
“It’s a family organization so we’re not limited to just strictly ag policy, and that’s the way we’ve looked at it over the years,” VanderWal said, adding that this is an issue that clearly has repercussions for Farm Bureau families. “We believe that having a government-controlled system like that is not in our best interests” [Lance Nixon, “SD Farm Bureau Wrestles with Policy on Ag Issues—Plus Obamacare,” Pierre Capital Journal, 2015.11.22].
But Rounds and Farm Bureau insist that federal subsidies for businesses growing crops are vital to national security:
Rounds said crop insurance is a good deal for the public because farmers pay 40 percent of the premium cost for insuring themselves against disaster under the taxpayer-subsidized program….
VanderWal agreed with Rounds that it’s good that “farmers have some skin in the game” in crop insurance. “We pay part of the premium, and the delivery system to make that happen is very important. It’s a private industry, which is a lot better than having government control.”
VanderWal said… “It’s a national security issue when you look at our ability to feed ourselves. If we allow our agricultural system to become in economic peril, we end up importing our food to a greater extent. That cuts down on our ability to take care of ourselves” [Nixon, 2015.11.22].
Crop insurance queen Rep. Kristi Noem was too busy discussing her recipe for national security on KDLT to comment. But what was I just saying about the difference between Sanders/FDR socialism for all and Mike Rounds/SDGOP socialism for the rich?