Nelson, Young And Mellencamp Lobby Congress On Bailout
September 26, 2008 at 7:11 AM (PT)
The founders of FARM AID -- WILLIE NELSON, NEIL YOUNG and DAVE MATTHEWS -- have gotten involved in the Congressional bailout plan, sending an "open letter" to Congress this morning (09/26). They are urging Congressional leaders to direct some of that $700 billion earmarked for WALL STREET to be re-directed to farm communities and "working men and women."
"The proposed $700 bailout asks taxpayers to foot the bill without giving them the opportunity to share in any gains that might result," NELSON said. "On the other hand, a $1 billion investment in family farm agriculture
would enrich all of us, because we are all shareholders of the family farm. The return on investment in the family farm includes thriving local economies, nutritious food for better health, a safer and more secure food
supply, a cleaner environment and more renewable energy."
FARM AID 23 was held last weekend with a NEW ENGLAND-based show, showcasing the "tenacity of the family farmer." To read the open letter they sent to Congress, click here.