Over at Whaleoil Cam Slater links to a piece about the Japanese farmers who can’t compete in the global agriculture marketplace.
In New Zealand, Federated Farmers is the farmer’s union. They can compete in the global agriculture marketplace:
A) As long as they get propped up when there is a drought
B) As long as they get their water for free or cheap
C) As long as there is relatively low levels of anti-pollution enforcement
D) As long as one big co-operative has special privileges for the Most Special Farmers (dairy farmers)
Because we live in Bailout Nation, special interest groups can position themselves for bailouts whenever the market or the weather doesn’t work out in their favour.
That doesn’t do much for under-employed graduates, laid off factory workers or people who work part-time who desperately want to work full-time but that’s their own fault! If they had full-time lobbyists in Wellington / could deliver rural electorates for the blue team they’d get bailouts too!