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eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Wall Street was solidly in the Romney/Ryan camp last time, pjohnf. (And assuming he's the nominee, they'll certainly be in Ryan's camp in 2016.) Why is it that you seem to think that they're Obama supporters?
eaglebeaky - Illinois lawmakers to discuss money for Obama library - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
When did presidential libraries start taking this kind of funding? (I always thought they were privately funded... or at least I remember hearing that the Clinton and Bush #43 libraries were being done that way.)
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Off-topic, but just to clarify, I will say that the disabled individuals that I've worked with aren't the least bit interested in free phones or anything like that. (Many of them will never live independently in their own communities; any such "bribes" would be meaningless to them.) Of course there are opportunists who do try to take advantage of every social program under the sun, and…
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2, had libraries built with private funds. I can't believe Soros or Buffett (or the Clinton's ;P) aren't contributing to the bill for Obama. Rahm is even stumping for it, as he says it will be a big tourism money maker. Hey, I'm all for it, if it is. On a side note, I think this is the first presidential…
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I honestly couldn't care less about anybody's party affiliation. This ID issue actually has A LOT to do with poor people, the elderly, and people with disabilities -- regardless of their personal politics. (There are a lot of poor people in the south who are lifelong Republicans.) Arbitrarily-enacted voter ID laws ultimately won't disenfranchise you or me... but they do have a real…

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Lower crop prices discussed at farm summit

3 months, 3 weeks ago From Central Illinois Farm Network

The large corn crop is putting a lot of downside pressure on prices

BLOOMINGTON - We all knew the higher corn and soybean prices would give way to more normal price levels some day and that day has come.

          "We did end up with a very large corn crop in 2013. We're expecting it to be close to the November forecast," University of Illinois Professor Darrel Good told those attending Friday's Illinois Farm Economics Summit in Bloomington hosted by the U of I at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center.

          The large corn crop is putting a lot of downside pressure on prices and we are starting to see more corn being produced around the world, according to Good who doesn't expect worldwide production to ease if prices go lower.

          "I think the larger crops are here to stay and will provide more competition for the U.S. market."

          This year, USDA has penciled in an increase for feed and residual use. With a bigger crop and lower prices, the residual category tends to get bigger. Good reminded the audience that farmers did not plant as many acres in 2013 as intended.

          Good expects next year's corn price to be about 50 cents lower. The market is currently offering higher prices for the 2014 crop than the 2013 crop and more competitive new crop soybean prices could take some corn acres away next year.

          Unless 2014 production is interrupted, corn prices are not expected to recover.

         "The movement in prices is not a surprise. It's what we have been expecting and others have been expecting," added Good.

          The 2006-2013 average price for soybeans is $11.52 and some are wondering how much lower soybean prices will go.

          "Production has been a little more stable. While we are looking at a large crop this year, it is not a record crop. Soybeans are still kind of on that balance beam. Now we're wondering how good that South American crop will be."

          Good estimates next year's soybean prices at $11.50, something he says is not the end of the world but does show the price direction is moving lower.


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