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Farm Subsidy, Food Stamp Bill Defeated

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a $940 billion “Farm Bill” this week – a major defeat for “Republican” Speaker John Boehner. As we noted last week, this massive boondoggle represented “a two-pronged perpetuation of America’s dependence economy, in which government handouts (paid for with borrowed money) incentivize distorted…

The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a $940 billion “Farm Bill” this week – a major defeat for “Republican” Speaker John Boehner.

As we noted last week, this massive boondoggle represented “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 the five-year appropriation – roughly 80 percent – would have gone to pay for the government’s out-of-control food stamp program. The rest would have been earmarked toward farm subsidies which raise prices on consumers while simultaneously providing larger farms with an unfair competitive advantage over their smaller rivals.

As a result of these concerns, fiscal conservatives – including U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney and Mark Sanford – all voted against the “Farm Bill.” Of course a majority of Democrats – including U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn – also voted against the bill because it trimmed $20.5 billion off of food stamp appropriations over the next half-decade.

Voting in favor of the legislation? Establishment Republicans like U.S. Reps. Joe Wilson and Tom Rice.

GOP majority leader Eric Cantor blamed Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for the defeat of the bill, saying she chose “partisanship over progress.”

Really? Last time we checked, sixty-two Republicans voted against this bill – and did so for all the right reasons.

The U.S. Congress should eliminate farm subsidies – and begin a phaseout of the food stamp program. Neither represent core functions of government, and with taxpayers staring down a $17 trillion debt we simply cannot afford either of them.

“FARM BILL” ROLL CALL VOTE

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16 comments

CNSYD June 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

Will farm subsidies be eliminated? No. Will the food stamp program be eliminated? No. All that is up for debate is the price tag. Sic Willie continues to tilt at windmills.

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CNSYD June 21, 2013 at 8:48 am

Will farm subsidies be eliminated? No. Will the food stamp program be eliminated? No. All that is up for debate is the price tag. Sic Willie continues to tilt at windmills.

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bogart June 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

Can’t believe they blamed Pelosi….I’m embarrassed for them………Hell,I was embarrassed for them before that.

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bogart June 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

Can’t believe they blamed Pelosi….I’m embarrassed for them………Hell,I was embarrassed for them before that.

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M326 June 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

I’m sorry they did not pass this bill. Fortunately, they will in the near future. The only thing this demonstrates is the inability of Republicans to govern.

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M326 June 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

I’m sorry they did not pass this bill. Fortunately, they will in the near future. The only thing this demonstrates is the inability of Republicans to govern.

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guest June 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

So Sanford and Pelosi agreed and voted the same. Amazing. Wonder if she has a cardboard of Mark in her office and he did likewise with Nancy’s cardboard in his office.

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Silly State June 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

Good one. Hey, SC-1, how’s it hangin’?

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guest June 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

Maybe like a horse.

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Nan June 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yeah, one of those small midget horses!

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guest June 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

So Sanford and Pelosi agreed and voted the same. Amazing. Wonder if she has a cardboard of Mark in her office and he did likewise with Nancy’s cardboard in his office.

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Silly State June 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

Good one. Hey, SC-1, how’s it hangin’?

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guest June 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

Maybe like a horse.

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Nan June 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yeah, one of those small midget horses!

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Jim June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

That just shows US citizens get to gab our ankles again. Citizens don’t have a say. The media makes money. Have you seen Pelosi net worth. Wake up America. No Vaseline

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OK June 21, 2013 at 10:38 am

That just shows US citizens get to gab our ankles again. Citizens don’t have a say. The media makes money. Have you seen Pelosi net worth. Wake up America. No Vaseline

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