- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
Meddling boosts milk prices
U.S. dairy farmers are at a critical point. Record low wholesale milk prices have caused farmers to burn through their cash on hand, and most have borrowed to the full extent of their credit lines. In the next six months, we will see hundreds of cow dairies fail. Why is it that a 2 percent change in consumption of fluid milk caused a 50 percent drop in mailbox prices to our farmers? Meanwhile, milk processors are posting record profits.
The simple answer is monopolies. Through exploitation of the co-op laws, the U.S. government allowed mergers and buyouts of milk processors. Now there is an effective monopoly controlling milk markets. This is not a failure of free markets. This is a failure of government meddling.
After hundreds more dairy farmers go bankrupt, the next thing that will happen is record high milk prices, probably $6- to $7-per-gallon milk in 2010.
The financial crisis of last year was created the same way. Substitute the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, the SEC, Goldman Sachs and private banks and draw the same parallels: a government-created crisis with government regulation as the proposed solution.
"Too big to fail" is the rallying cry to save chosen corporations. The commonsense answer is more companies competing on a level playing field with less regulation. More competition will make a healthy economy.
To support free-market economic policies, visit www.campaignforliberty.com.
PAUL HAMBY, Maysville, Mo.