Government to aid farmers and ranchers
August 13th, 2012
04:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Government to aid farmers and ranchers

Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) – President Obama mixed business and campaigning on Monday, holding a rally and an official event on the first leg of a three-day bus tour across the Hawkeye State.

After delivering his campaign stump speech here at Bayliss Park, the president and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stopped by a drought-ravaged farm in the Missouri Valley to officially announce a new initiative to aid farmers and ranchers.

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  1. yes we can

    obama will spend $150 million to build a plant to employ 1,500 people to produce water from the dry soil. it may take a while but the government is sure it can be done. solyndra was just a fluke. and all you people that don't agree are just racists anyways.

    August 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    I thought people wanted LESS government in their lives.

    August 13, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If it will help people, the repubes are against it.

    August 13, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Adopt the Ryan plan and these farmers would be out of luck. To partially pay for eliminating taxes interest, dividends, and capital gains (windfall for the wealthy), Ryan would gut all federal spending other than military and social security.

    Romney/Ryan – Wrong for America

    August 13, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    If the Gop gets in ,forget that !!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. American People

    Notice how many "Red States" are asking for a government handout.

    Hey Mitt, the American People want to see your tax returns for the last 20 years to see the tax rate you paid. We also want to see how many jobs you off-shored and how much money you have in off-shore accounts evading taxes.

    August 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. cali girl

    If they can ok an oil pipeline, why not a water pipeline. Build a big hole in the ground, get a well, get a stick that detects water sources.
    It is a bad idea to put your money into Mother Nature when no one can predict rain.

    August 13, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. IF YOU SIGNED GROVER'S PLEDGE, YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE U.S.

    We need a President Obama because he cares. He addressed Congress' inaction on the farm bill. I haven't heard a peep from Willard and Paul. The President addressed voter surpression. Willard went to a NAACP Convention and didn't even mention it. The President addressed cutting our deficit in a RESPOSIBLE manner while Willard and Paul just want to slash, slash, slash.

    August 13, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    does obama just have a big money bag that he carries around with him like a skinny black santa claus??? is that where he keeps the legendary obama stash? he seems to have money for everybody except those that actually make the money and are forced to send it to him under the threat of jail.

    August 13, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    maybe Mitt can blame the drought and the weather on Obama so when they get aid he can say it was HIS idea!

    August 13, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    @ truth hurts....

    you right wingers love to say that if you are critical of Obama then it's called racists...YET you have to bring up the fact that he is black when you are being critical of him. I guess I just don't get why....or then maybe I DO get it.

    August 13, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Sometimes ,its nice to have a federal government that helps you !!!if you don't want want one ,get out of the USA and go to somila where you have the same values , none!!!!

    August 13, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    >you have to bring up the fact that he is black when you are being critical of him.

    was i factually incorrect? no. romney is often referred to as a rich white guy. gander, meet goose.

    August 13, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Now, do something like give tax breaks to farms that buy tools like pivots to be better prepared for these sorts fo natural disasters.

    August 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Biggest Gop hot dog bus wreck everrrrrr in,Nov.

    August 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. tammyk tammy

    When Red States find themselves desparate due to situations out of their control, they go to federal gov't for a handout then turn around and vote for less gov't in the election. It's ironic isn't it? Go ahead repuglicans and vote against your own interests. Just remember that Romneyhood will make sure there is no future handout when you need it the most. But of course, you think that global warming is just a myth made up by Democrats and that God will provide rain so that the gas drilling can continue unabated. See any contrdictions in your repug thought processes? Think you won't be needing a handout again next year and all the years after that as your states water continue to dry up or be poisoned? If you are a true conservative who believes in reducing gov't, then have the guts to stand by your convictions and refuse to accept a handout. Let the capitalist markets determine if you will suceed or fail as a farmer. Pray harder for God to ignore your blatant disregard for the environment He created.

    August 13, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. myviewis

    Let me get this straight, Republicans submitted a bill to help the victims of the drought more than 2 weeks ago and Obama had not approved it until now.

    August 13, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    @ truth hurts.....

    I have yet to see Romney attacked because he is white or even his race being brought up and even if that IS the case then as you say goose meet gander then I say two wrongs DON'T make a right.

    BTW Obama is only HALF black you riighties tend to forget that when you want to use race as a form of attack.

    August 13, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable.

    Wait, aren't these guys Midwestern farmers that do not agree with "government bailouts" and want smaller government?

    Sorry, no help as it will add to the deficit.

    Funny, how folks are against bailouts until they are for them!

    August 13, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Bush had a bigger money bag and no debt - look at the waste in THAT 8 years that we now owe for and have to make the payments on or lose our credit rating. Reagan wasn't much better, so don't start with that old crap.

    August 13, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. w l jones

    What the use of Government if it do not come to their aid when in need?.

    August 13, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Romney and Ryan won't talk about climate change in a rational way .

    They are like arrogant dinosaurs .

    It's going to be a very bad fire season , maybe they can cut funding for that too.

    August 13, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    I thought the people in some of these red states didn't want the federal government in their lives. It's funny how when in need we forget what we said before to get help.
    I am glad that the President is stepping up to help these farmers. One thing we can't control is weather. They, on the other hand, can control who they vote for come November.
    .

    August 13, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. hate from the left but mostly lies

    And you know what aroun 80% of that bill is? Food stamps funding. It is practicly one giant earmark in order .for the president to get more votes!

    August 13, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. turnkey franchise new owner

    Very proud of Mr president Obama farmers
    are everyones livelyhood.of all people's
    rich or poor.you can't eat without farmers
    Mr president Obama spot on.you did another Tezehdeka for every farmers who
    Truely need the funds.Obama biden 2012

    August 14, 2012 02:44 am at 2:44 am |