Friday, September 21, 2012

Digging Potatoes



Today's picture is from 1939, and it shows men digging for potatoes in the field. I am not sure how the equipment works, but it looks like it digs down and turns the potatoes up.

Wow, who would have thought that Potato Week would have been so controversial. Had a good debate started in the comments yesterday about whether our social safety nets encourage laziness and fraud. It is interesting that we are reaching that point that half the people do not pay taxes and receive some form of government check in the mail. We must ask ourselves at this point what restrains the system from providing endless benefits on the backs of fewer and fewer working people.

Also, I am reminded of the debates in the 1990's with Ross Perot on NAFTA where he said the famous line . . ."That Whooshing Sound You Hear is All the Jobs Leaving the US".

7 comments:

  1. half the peop[ole do not p[ayh INCOME TAX BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY DEDUCTED FROM FROM WORK PAY...AND DO NOT EARN ENOUGH TO HAVE TO ALSO PAYH INCOME TAX.

    HALD THE PEOPLE LIVE OFF GOVT? SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, G.I. BILL, ETC ETC...THE VERY WEALTHY DO NOT PAY OFTEN BECAUSE MONEY CONCEALED OFFSHORE.

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  2. That machine is very simple. It has 2 digging blade that go under the spuds and lift them and dirt up onto the sets of wide carrying chains with the bars in them. The chains are rotating to the back of the machine carrying the spuds and dirt. The gaps in the chains allow the dirt and very small potatoes to fall through onto the ground, and the spuds to stay on to the very back were they gently fall on top of every else.

    What is strange to me is the next rows over still have their stalks and leaves on them. But I remember that we didn't defoliate the rows until we were ready to pick, because any thing that might get hit by frost would spoil in the warehouse. So we were very careful not to lift or expose any thing we wouldn't get hauled away that day. The tinniest frost would turn them to mush after a short period.

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  3. When I moved to Oklahoma many years ago I bought enough acreage for a small family garden. 50 feet by 100 feet, rows of 50 feet planted 3 feet apart, yeah, small. I grew it all the first year and figured that I would gain a wealth of what worked and what didnt. Prior to buying the land I spent two years in learning about it all, had a new Troy Built tiller and energy. The first years harvest was a real learning lesson. When I started to harvest potatoes, man oh man, by hand, with a spadfe fork, I quickly realized that for the store bought 5 pounds of spuds for a buck, THAT was a bargian. No more planting taters LOL.

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  4. The social safety net is an enabling nightmare...see my most on yesterdays picture.

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  5. People listen up! This is why Communism/Socialism doesn't work!! It enables people to survive by doing nothing. Most people WANT to do nothing. So if you give them the option they will take it.

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  6. Digging potatoes is like finding buried treasure. Perhaps I think so because I only plant a few rows.

    Welfare destroys a man's dignity and moral fiber.

    The current economic conditions brought about by government over spending, over taxing and over regulating makes some form of government handout almost inevitable, with over generous benefits making it more lucrative than working in some situations. Add to that the victim mentality, the aversion to do good honest manual labor, governments ham stringing small businesses and you have a recipe for disaster.

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  7. Just because a person doesn't pay income tax doesn't mean they're not working. Do you think those potato pickets would have earned enough to pay income tax if there had been one? Some of the hardest work pays the least--like housewife work!

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