A Time of Change

The inauguration of Joe Biden as our 46th President signals a time of change for our country.  How much things really change though remains to be seen.  The first few days of a new administration are usually filled with excitement and hope for better things ahead.  How long this honeymoon lasts remains to be seen because even with new people in new positions we still have the same old problems.  Already President Biden has taken some steps to return to policies from the past, policies that led to Donald Trump being elected four years ago because people wanted a change.  Time will tell if the results will be any different this time.  There is a lot of talk about the need for unity in our country.  However unity seems to be in the eye of the beholder.  Unity to some seems to be trying to make everyone agree with them.  Taking a do it my way or else approach won’t bring about unity.  Unity is always an elusive goal but until we take a more bipartisan approach we will never even get close.  This may be even more difficult with one party holding control of the government.  Instead of being more willing to reach across the political aisle and compromise to get things done a party with complete power tends to abuse that power to push through their agenda. History tells us that both Republicans and Democrats have been guilty of this.  While Democrats currently hold the majority position in Washington D.C. it is by a narrow margin, hardly the mandate that some are claiming.  The real mandate should be to work together to find solutions to our issues rather than settling political grudges.  The first few days of an administration can set the tone for the next few years.  Four years ago I thought both sides would come together and pass a comprehensive infrastructure bill which both sides agreed was needed.  It never happened and instead of getting off on a positive note the stage was set for four years of political turmoil.  I hope things will be different this time.  For agriculture there is both hope and concern. Will new climate policies bring more opportunities or more regulations?  Will new trade policies help or hurt our ag economy?  What will the next farm bill look like?  Yes this is a time of change for our country.  It will be up to all of us to try and make it a change for the better.  If not it will be another case of the more things change, the more they stay the same.