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Fat Farm Bill: A Bipartisan Boondoggle

The federal government’s latest “Farm Bill” passed the U.S. Senate earlier this week, with eighteen “Republicans” joining Democrats in approving the 1,102 page, $963 billion monstrosity. Even more depressing, a $950 billion version of this legislation already has the support of fiscally liberal U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. Which means…

The federal government’s latest “Farm Bill” passed the U.S. Senate earlier this week, with eighteen “Republicans” joining Democrats in approving the 1,102 page, $963 billion monstrosity. Even more depressing, a $950 billion version of this legislation already has the support of fiscally liberal U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

Which means we could be looking at another Democrat-driven victory in the so-called “GOP-controlled” U.S. House of Representatives.

Wait … whatever happened to the party of “less government” in Washington, D.C.?

Good question …

This “Farm Bill” is a two-pronged perpetuation of America’s dependence economy, in which government handouts (paid for with borrowed money) incentivize distorted markets and a lack of competition and productivity. The vast majority of this appropriation – roughly 80 percent – will go to pay for the government’s out-of-control food stamp program. The rest will go to fund farm subsidies which – as we’ve pointed out previously – raise prices on consumers while simultaneously providing larger farms with an unfair competitive advantage over their smaller rivals.

Neither of these programs represent core functions of government, and neither serves the best interests of the American people. Both should be done away with – along with the sprawling federal bureaucracies which administer them.

Unfortunately, a “Republican-controlled” chamber may not even be able to cut these programs – all thanks to GOP “leaders” like Boehner who would rather cut and run than show so much as an ounce of political courage.

In the U.S. Senate, several familiar fiscal liberals helped secure passage of this bill – including U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.), Lamar Alexander (RINO-Tennessee) and Saxby Chambliss (RINO-Georgia). To his credit, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was one of the twenty-seven members who stood his ground and voted against it.

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38 comments

CNSYD June 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Sic Willie has declared that the hungry can eat cake! Also Sic Willie stopped by his neighborhood grocery store and the shelves were full! See, he declared, we don’t need those damn farmers. We have trucks bringing in all this stuff, from were he doesn’t know.

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CNSYD June 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Oops, where not were.

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CNSYD June 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Sic Willie has declared that the hungry can eat cake! Also Sic Willie stopped by his neighborhood grocery store and the shelves were full! See, he declared, we don’t need those damn farmers. We have trucks bringing in all this stuff, from were he doesn’t know.

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CNSYD June 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Oops, where not were.

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Trout r limited June 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

First they attacked the farmers then the fishermen. Oh yes, the two food sources. Hmmm.

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Trout r limited June 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

First they attacked the farmers then the fishermen. Oh yes, the two food sources. Hmmm.

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Jan June 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

SC can only avoid the national recovery for so long. Though its not for lack of trying. We are finally beginning to dig out of the hole Bush and the Republicans put us into. Since Bush left office:

Unemployment Down
Stock Market Way Up
Housing Prices Up
Consumer Confidence Up
Misery Index Down
Annual Deficit as a Percentage of GDP Down
Corporate Profits Up
Housing Starts Up

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GrandTango June 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

States opposing Obama, like SC has, are doing much better than democrat states…You are failure personified…
We MUST shield against Obama-Care. ObamaCarewill Collapse the states that have managed to muddle through despite Obama’s Miserable government…

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Thomas June 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

The two states that have recovered the most since the Bush recession are Michigan and Ohio, and Florida is coming on strong.

Also you forgot to mention that all those states you think are doing so well are the poorest, dumbest, and least healthy states in the country. Of course they are Republican dominated and Republicans like it that way, so maybe they are achieving their goals.

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GrandTango June 15, 2013 at 9:19 am

How ironic that the states you say are doing so well are states Obama HAD to HAVE, and he paid them off to get or Republican governors are cleaning up some of the liberal messes…

Also: Obama used the IRS to target Conservatives, and used our money to get votes to support his failure in key states…That’s Sickening that you’d accept that…and it says a lot about your character…

Obama is CORRUPT. He is a failure for America too. So much of the suffering he is responsible for are years, we can never get back for ourselves and our families…

Bush was in office in one of America’s MOST PROSPEROUS periods…To be blind to that reality makes you look ignorant…

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dwb619 June 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Bush “MOST PROSPEROUS”
What an IDIOT!
YOU BETCHA!
YOU BETCHA!

wanabejedi June 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I think its funny how both of you guys seem to think there is a major difference in the policies of Bush and Obama.

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M326 June 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Fitz clearly did not grow up on a farm. Agricultural products are the single largest export this country has. Our balance of trade would be atrocious without it. Farmers must not only deal with the vicissitudes of the economy but the weather as well. And without these subsidies and guarantees which primarily smooth out the bad years and the good ones, the concept of the family farm could no longer exist. Farmers work very hard for only a 3-4% annual return on their investment. I don’t know too many rich ones. Do your homework. This is not only a farm issue, it is a national security and economic issue. We’ve exported most of our manufacturing jobs. You want to outsource our food production as well? You want to see high food prices? Let’s start importing this stuff and see what happens. This mindless displacement of economics with political ideology is beginning to make me tired. What did they teach you in school? Ask your dad about this…he can set you straight.

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Frank Pytel June 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

Gee, you don’t know to many rich ones? How about Monsanto, DuPont, Archer Daniels Midland Group. Those are just the easy ones for the vegans.

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M326 June 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

These are large companies that, among other things, deal in agricultural supplies and commodities. They are not farmers. Nobody suggests agriculture is not big business–it is one of the biggest in the USA. I am talking about individual farmers, those who actually get their hands dirty raising crops. I know many farmers and grew up on a farm in a farming community. With few exceptions, I repeat, I don’t know too (note the extra “o.”) many rich ones.

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Frank Pytel June 17, 2013 at 6:35 am

Your right. Like my ex says. I’m always wrong. Only the bleeding heart liberals are right. It must be me. Shit. All of this country’s ills are my fault because I don’t think. Your right. What can I say.

Everyone that hides behind these little BS avatars is right and I am wrong. Must be it.

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M326 June 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Must be.

Jim June 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Frank Frank
Not a word about food stamps, I know you are a farmer.

Frank Pytel June 18, 2013 at 5:23 am

Not even close, but I would enjoy it. :)

Frank Pytel June 18, 2013 at 5:23 am

Yep. Must Be.

M326 June 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Fitz clearly did not grow up on a farm. Agricultural products are the single largest export this country has. Our balance of trade would be atrocious without it. Farmers must not only deal with the vicissitudes of the economy but the weather as well. And without these subsidies and guarantees which primarily smooth out the bad years and the good ones, the concept of the family farm could no longer exist. Farmers work very hard for only a 3-4% annual return on their investment. I don’t know too many rich ones. Do your homework. This is not only a farm issue, it is a national security and economic issue. We’ve exported most of our manufacturing jobs. You want to outsource our food production as well? You want to see high food prices? Let’s start importing this stuff and see what happens. This mindless displacement of economics with political ideology is beginning to make me tired. What did they teach you in school? Ask your dad about this…he can set you straight.

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Frank Pytel June 16, 2013 at 8:40 am

Gee, you don’t know to many rich ones? How about Monsanto, DuPont, Archer Daniels Midland Group. Those are just the easy ones for the vegans.

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M326 June 16, 2013 at 9:35 am

These are large companies that, among other things, deal in agricultural supplies and commodities. They are not farmers. Nobody suggests agriculture is not big business–it is one of the biggest in the USA. I am talking about individual farmers, those who actually get their hands dirty raising crops. I know many farmers and grew up on a farm in a farming community. With few exceptions, I repeat, I don’t know too (note the extra “o”) many rich ones.

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Frank Pytel June 17, 2013 at 6:35 am

Your right. Like my ex says. I’m always wrong. Only the bleeding heart liberals are right. It must be me. Shit. All of this country’s ills are my fault because I don’t think. Your right. What can I say.

Everyone that hides behind these little BS avatars is right and I am wrong. Must be it.

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M326 June 17, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Must be.

OK June 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Frank Frank
Not a word about food stamps, I know you are a farmer.

Frank Pytel June 18, 2013 at 5:23 am

Not even close, but I would enjoy it. :)

Frank Pytel June 18, 2013 at 5:23 am

Yep. Must Be.

Sarah Palin Forever! June 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I quit reading this nonsense whn Fits described John Boehner (who has defined every person in the country with an income over 250 000 dollars a year as a “jobs creator”) as a “liberal.”

Definitely in Glen Beck lululand!

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Ha! June 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

You just posted a comment on another, more recent, article – so I guess you’re still reading…

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Sarah Palin Forever! June 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I quit reading this nonsense whn Fits described John Boehner (who has defined every person in the country with an income over 250 000 dollars a year as a “jobs creator”) as a “liberal.”

Definitely in Glen Beck lululand!

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Ha! June 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

You just posted a comment on another, more recent, article – so I guess you’re still reading…

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EvanRude June 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Corn – it’s what’s for driving.

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EvanRude June 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Corn – it’s what’s for driving.

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