Jobs. There it is, one word, Jobs.
It really should be called opportunity because given opportunity we will create our own jobs. Opportunity is what allows us to take whatever talents we have, add them to the mix, and fashion our individual revenue streams that enable the creation of a life worth living.
What have our legislators done to create opportunity? Not much really. They have fashioned trade agreements with other countries and added taxes to domestic businesses that opened, for global businesses, a path to maximize profits by moving manufacturing offshore into third world countries. And with that move went jobs.
They have enacted patent laws and intellectual property laws that insure that every idea, once bought by a corporation, will have no competition.
Not a problem really. Off loading industry and manufacturing will allow us to clean up our domestic environment as long as there is opportunity.
What do we do in North Carolina that provides opportunity?
"Farmers are key to continuing to grow NC's #1 industry - Agribusiness, which contributes over $77 billion to our state's economy." Erica Peterson, Executive Vice President of the North Carolina Agribusiness Council.
We grow stuff. Terrific. Land, seeds, knowledge and labor and we have produce that will provide revenue streams to many as it moves from the ground to the end user whether it's a head of broccoli or cotton made into a shirt. And it's here, it doesn't have to go to China for processing to be sent back burning countless gallons of fossils fuels moving it. And we know how to do it.
What is the role our legislators are currently playing? The following statement pretty well sums it up. It focuses on cannabis but applies to any segment of agriculture.
"The agenda of the government in its policies against Cannabis have always been to deprive the people access to the plant, while maintaining control over it for the governments own self-interest. This self-interest extends to a multitude of industries including the prison and military industry, the petroleum, timber, cotton, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as the entirety of the banking and corporate establishment which has become empowered through disconnecting people from their one true source of independence and sustenance, the Earth. Cannabis prohibition has served to redirect human evolution from that of a decentralized agrarian lifestyle and natural economy, to a centralized petrochemical military dictatorship controlled through the artificial economic will of private banks and other trans-national corporate interests."
Barbara Peterson, Farm Wars - http://farmwars.info
Patents, breeders rights, and intellectual property laws coupled with recent decisions from higher courts regarding ownership rights through DNA spread from open pollination insure that transnational corporations will own farming and as a result, our food supply. Now that industry is gone this assures that all our work opportunities will be as employees of these same transnational corporations. Profit will be controlled by the manipulation of seed and fertilizer pricing.
Read my web site. I will address as much as I am capable of and make the most logical arguments I can in the time remaining before the primary election. It will tell you where I stand. Hopefully, I will have the time to address our environmental issues as well because there are rumblings from Raleigh about fracking and offshore drilling.
And above all please vote!
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