Like many, I’m breathing easier today. Despite my naturally cynical nature, I’m hopeful that Obama can begin to turn things around. While my rabid liberal side wants an immediate end to war and health care for all, my experience with horse training tells me I need to settle for small steps in the right direction.

It was a news story that helped me realize I was feeling hopeful. Especially this bit about farm reform:

How about repealing the $307 billion farm bill and slashing subsidies — especially the for-no-apparent-reason “direct payments” we send to commodity farmers in good times and bad. Farm lobbyists will squeal, but 60% of U.S. farmers receive no subsidies. Instead, Obama can increase conservation subsidies for farmers who adopt green practices.

Likewise, the recommendations for small steps toward peace, diplomacy, health care, and public works made sense. We’ll just have to bide our time and see what happens. Meanwhile, I’m not letting the grass grow beneath my feet. I’m busy every day, working within our community, supporting our small local farms and doing my best to stay healthy.


By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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