One of the very first “cultivated” crops in North America. Smoked by “native Americans” long before the “evil Europeans” came to the North American continent.
One of the first trans-Atlantic trade commodities. Smoked along with probably a little “wacky-tabacky” in many peace pipe. Today scorned by many, thrown out by the government as a government backed farm program crop. Actually a “buy-out” of the tobacco crop acreage base.
Now Herman Cain has a “smokin add”, and Senator Dick Durbin along with his fellow liberal democrat senators want to ban tobacco from major league baseball. I know they say they just want it outlawed during the world series, but how many other liberal do-good laws have suffered “bracket creep”????????
I for one have always cautioned farm groups that doing away with “tobacco” in the farm program may come back to haunt us. So will it?
I guess the main question I have in an era of declining resources can a farm coalition stay together or will it all go down at once?
I do not have faith that the right things economically will be done without “wasting” money on some type of feel good agricultural programs.