Commentary: Playing the Part of the Political Pawn, Yet Again

first_imgHome Commentary Commentary: Playing the Part of the Political Pawn, Yet Again Facebook Twitter After 3 years of listening to farmers and 3 days of floor debate, the U.S. House voted down a new Farm  Bill. The surprise defeat had nothing to do with what was in the bill, but had to do with political grandstanding by a group of 30 lawmakers known as the Freedom Caucus. This small, radical group has made immigration their one and only issue and will block any legislation until the House deals with their issue. House Speaker Paul Ryan has also engaged in some political grandstanding by forcing a Republican-only Farm Bill through committee, insuring he would have no Democratic support on the floor. A more bipartisan approach might have been able to neutralize the impact of the Freedom Caucus. By Gary Truitt – May 20, 2018 So now farmers face the prospect of no new NAFTA agreement, no new deal with China to avert a 25% tariff on U.S. soybeans, no action of making E-15 saleable  year round, no permanent fix to the WOTUS rule, and no new Farm Bill with a safety net to help producers manage risk. The current Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30. The defeat in the House makes it likely that deadline will not be reached. SHARE Today, as farmers face critical financial hardships, overreaching government regulations, and international trade disputes that take profits out of their pockets, limit their growth potential, and threaten their future, Washington is more interested in political posturing and social ideology than in taking  action to address the needs of American agriculture. Facebook Twittercenter_img Previous articleU.S. and China Trade War on Hold; China Pledges to Buy More U.S. ProductsNext articleIndiana Farm Leaders Support House Farm Bill Gary Truitt In the last election, we saw that rural America can have an impact on the political process. We need that kind of attitude now to insist that we are no longer ignored.By Gary Truitt SHARE The history of American agriculture is full of examples of the federal government taking action to threaten the financial livelihoods of farmers. For example, there was the tax of 1791. The so-called “whiskey tax” was the first tax imposed on a domestic product by the newly formed federal government and was intended to generate revenue for the war debt incurred during the Revolutionary War. The tax applied to all distilled spirits. Farmers of the western frontier were accustomed to distilling their surplus rye, barley, wheat, corn, or fermented grain mixtures into whiskey. These farmers resisted the tax.  President Washington sent in the army to force compliance with the tax. Fast forward to the next century and to the financial crisis of 1873. Falling crop prices, increases in railroad fees to ship crops, and Congress’s reduction of paper money in favor of gold and silver devastated farmers’ livelihoods and caused the birth of the Grange movement. Grangers gave their support to reform-minded groups such as the Greenback Party, the Populist Party, and, eventually, the Progressives. While the movement had many notable accomplishments, their two main objectives — better regulation of railroads and grain elevators — went largely unrealized.  And, let’s not forget the Carter grain embargo in 1980, which took a robust farm economy and turned it upside down — virtually overnight. Farmers had been promised an “on-time” delivery of the Farm Bill by GOP leadership. This in contrast to the last the last Farm Bill which was voted down by the House over the issue of food stamp reform. While there have been changes in the House and the White House in the past 4 years, that has not changed is the willingness to ignore the needs of agriculture and use farmers as political pawns. Commentary: Playing the Part of the Political Pawn, Yet Againlast_img read more

OnTheMarket takes legal action to prevent agency’s return to ZPG

first_imgHome » News » OnTheMarket takes legal action to prevent agency’s return to ZPG previous nextOnTheMarket takes legal action to prevent agency’s return to ZPGChichester-based Sussex firm Henry Adams announced move but is then prevented from leaving OTM.Nigel Lewis17th November 201701,796 Views OnTheMarket has taken legal action against one of its departing agents just hours after it had announced a return to ZPG’s portals.West-Sussex 15-branch agency Henry Adams had announced it was to leave OnTheMarket and rejoin Zoopla, its Chief Executive Philip Jordan (pictured, below) saying he was “very pleased to be back with ZPG”.The agency is based in Chichester but has branches in other parts of West Sussex as well as in Surrey and Hampshire.The corks were also flying at ZPG’s headquarters in London as Mark Goddard, ZPG’s Managing Director of Property Service, sounded equally ecstatic, saying he was “delighted to welcome back Henry Adams”.But the move proved too quick for OnTheMarket, which promptly issued legal proceedings preventing the move.Media coverageAn OnTheMarket spokesperson said: “”We noted media coverage on 15 November 2017 that Henry Adams had signed an agreement with Zoopla to list all of its properties on its websites.“As at 16 November 2017, Henry Adams is not listing its properties on any of the ZPG websites.“The firm continues to list its properties at OnTheMarket.com in accordance with its current listing agreement and remains a valued member.”ZPG confirmed that the move by Henry Adams back to its portals had been delayed and told The Negotiator that: “Henry Adams voluntarily re-joined ZPG but has subsequently been threatened with legal action by OTM for doing so.“It is an unfortunate state of affairs for OTM that the only way they can retain their customers is by threatening to sue them and preventing them from maximising their opportunities.”   Henry Adams OnTheMarket.com OTM Zoopla ZPG November 17, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more