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In Latin America a farmer with an "hacienda" of 50 or 70 cows is considered wealthy. Even in Puerto Rico such a small cattle farmer will do fine. But, I was shocked by the hard work and miserable life that those small cattle/dairy farmers had in Wisconsin. Their children before going to school, and after coming back from school, had to help with the farm chores. Often with frigid temperatures and walking knee-deep on the snow. And yet, despite all this family effort, I never saw so many dirty and decrepit houses, as I saw in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and some other Wisconsin counties. I have seen people on Welfare fare much better, and with a lot of less effort on their part.

In 1998 I lived for a few months in St. Cloud, MN, and I saw and heard about the plight of the hog-ranchers. It brought me memories of the misery I had seen in Wisconsin -ironically and from what I saw- suffered by the people who could not work any harder. It was not fair!

Those scenes made me move back to my socialistic roots!
I I was a pioneer in the development of software for micros and PCs. Articles about the database engine that I had created (to keep control of herds in dairy farm operations) appeared on several newspapers and magazines, and I was invited three times to appear on television in Puerto Rico. From 1980 to 1985 (in Puerto Rico), and from 1991 to 1993 (in Wisconsin) I had very close contact with dairy farmers. I met personally most of the 600 registered dairy farmers in Puerto Rico, and probably 300 cattle farmers in Wisconsin.
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