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AS I SEE IT

As I See It 4-15-16
Publish Date: Thursday, 16 April, 2015
I don't know if spring came with Hilary or if Hilary came with the spring! It appears, however, that we're getting some of both. She's going to take a big run at her husband's former job, and she's going to have a hard time winning. She thinks women love her. They don't. They detest the way she's acting, and even worse, they detested the way her husband acted during the so-called Clinton Years. But they are back... if they ever left.
I don't think too many people were surprised by Hilary Clinton's announcement about taking a run for the presidency. However, the untruths and the way she's put herself above most I don't think is going to wear very well with the American voting public. She seems to have it in mind that the women in America want her. I seriously doubt that. Now maybe the women on welfare might be with her all the way because she is likely of the same mind that her husband was and will have in mind to give away lots and expect less work in exchange for it.
We're getting more rains around the country here and there, and it looks as though quite a lot of Montana on west might get some meaningful moisture. Oh what a blessing that would be. There's a lot of country that's dry, and there are a lot of fall crops that are up and going, but they dearly need a drink. It's going to come... don't worry! It always has. The Lord will provide, usually. This is one of those years that could be different. When the moisture does come, it might come in a chunk. We've had that happen before in those late April-early May snowstorms that really pile up in the mountains and make the rivers and streams healthy enough to do their annual thing.
Here in eastern Montana, I'm surprised at the amount of ditches that are running and at the amount of the irrigation that's going on in hayfields and pastures already. I tell you what, these March and April irrigations will bring you more second- and third-crop hay fields come fall than you've ever seen. So, if you've got water in your ditch, there's no use leaving your shovel out there by the back door. Get that head gate open, get your rubber boots on, and get with it. It's time to make winter feed.
The demand for feeder cattle -- especially slaughter cows and bulls -- remains the top of the list. The demand for grinding meat, worldwide, is the greatest ever, and we here in our part of the world are watching the local auction reports through the Reporter and, boy oh boy, they are dollaring out. A lot of cows are bringing $1,800 to $2,400 a head by the time you figure it out, and many of these big dry bulls are turning in the $1.90s and $2.40s and bringing upwards over $3,000 a head for salvage.
These are pretty good times, folks, but as I've mentioned all through the fall and early winter here, if you sell these cattle and they dollar out awfully well and bring maybe a little more than you thought they might, it's an awful good time to put some of that money on the shelf. You know what I mean by that... it's time to save some. Put it in the bank, put it in savings, put it in safekeeping because there will come a time down the road when you're going to need some machinery or something to run your farm or ranch. You will make a lot better deal if you can deal in cash.
I appreciate that the government is offering lots of freebies now. This one of borrowing against your house if you're 62 or better and still own the house for a little bit of income is nothing but socialism. Somebody down the line, probably somebody in your family, is going to pay the price.
So, don't be fooled by the giveaway program era. It's subsidizing people that are short of money or want to take trips or do something with money they don't have. Subsidizing folks that way will do nothing more than cause more problems and more empty houses and more people looking for a handout. That's how socialism works. It works on handouts. Those that get elected are selling it.
Look at those countries like Africa, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, with the list going on and on. Those countries are going broke, and they have to shut down operations and many of their give-away programs. What does that cause? It causes their own people to rebel against their government, and then the government turns its own guns on its own people. It's happened in several countries now. It's happened forever. If you've ever studied world history or American history written by people who were there, you will see what I'm saying is true.
Subsidizing the poor will do nothing more than create more poor people, and they'll have their handout and their piece of the pie. They will say, "We just as well. They pay for everybody else. Why, we would be foolish not to go get our share!"
This is taxpaying time, and Uncle Sam is going to want his share and maybe a little bit more. At any rate, he's going to demand it, so you better prepare for a good smack in the nose because things are up at that end of the game; the payments are bigger, and the potential for bigger yet payments down the road is ever greater. That's the way it works in a country that gives away more than it takes in. We've been on spending sprees for years, well beyond what the intake is. Anyone who's worth his salt in business knows that, if you continue to spend more than you make, you will have an unfillable hole to fill.
We're all looking towards summer and expecting another pretty good year in the livestock business. Numbers and supply and demand are in our favor so I hope that all of you will put a little away on the shelf and be ready for the day when cash is king.
Enjoy the rain that's sure to come.

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