Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story.
Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses.
An outspoken critic of the tax, Reichert was inspired by a recent story featuring the McBrides — an old farming family from the town of Issaquah in his suburban Seattle district.
The McBrides first got noticed over the summer, when The Seattle Times reported that they had sold the last farm in Issaquah, a sign of the changing economy and demographics of the community.
The McBride family had farmed the land for over a hundred years and over the course of six generations.…