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Conrad Thinks Farmers Are Lazy, Too

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Shane and Matt have already mentioned this, but I think it’s important to note again: Conrad Burns, champion of agriculture, thinks that farmers are lazy:

The Burns campaign declined NEWSWEEK’S request for an interview. When we told them that you had agreed to chat, Burns’ campaign spokesperson said, “He has time to talk, because he’s just sitting up on his farm.”

You know who would say something like that? Someone who doesn’t know anything about farming, maybe someone from out of state, who doesn’t understand that for family farmers, life is a pretty constant struggle to make enough money to survive.

Maybe the ‘gentleman’ farmers and ranchers that Conrad visits for his private fundraising events have the time to sit around; no farmer I have ever known has had that kind of time. They are too busy providing sustenance for their families.

Of course, someone who makes $165,200 a year who’s in the midst of a month long vacation from his federal might not understand the nature of hard work.

If Conrad Burns were a person of substance who was more interested in his constituents than cheap political stunts, he would fire this flunky immediately. Fortunately, we all know that Conrad isn’t.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • I think Conrad is a moron and all, but your argument has one pretty substantial fault.

    You mention that perhaps he knows nothing about farming because he is from out of state. He is from Missouri, where well, a large majority of their land goes to agriculture, and a substantial amount of income comes from there too.

    Besides the fact that both campaigns have national staffers who know jack about farming, and in many cases, Montana.

  • nope. he was born and graduated high school in Gallatin, Missouri ( north-west missouri ). you actually can’t get much farther from st. louis than that. also, some of the richest farmland in the country is well, right outside st. louis.

    – former resident of a st. louis suburb.

  • I’m still not being as clear as I should be. I’m guessing that the campaign spokesman (Klindt) hasn’t spent too much time on a farm.

    Did he really graduate, though? 🙂

  • i used to run campaigns on the illinois side of st. louis, and even in that area, there is no way one avoids farms ( i hated them, but i catered to ). anyway, if he did anything in missouri politics he knew.

    he also knows when growing season is. and the free time farmers do have then.

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