12.7.13

STUPID.

The House Republican Caucus unbundled the farm subsidies from the food stamp authorization.
With separation, real reform to rein in market-distorting programs and special interest handouts could finally happen. But now that separation has occurred, they’ve forgotten the very reason why separation was needed in the first place.

Supporters of this farm-only farm bill wasted the golden opportunity that separation could have provided: the ability to promote policies that benefit taxpayers, farmers, and consumers in a fiscally responsible way.
The bill included additional extraneous benefits for Republican constituents not involved in agriculture (but apparently there is no money for me and my fifty-plus years of experience in not raising pigs) and ample photo opportunities for ward-heeler politicians whose reelection depends on food stamp dependency to denounce the bill in terms guaranteed to get lots of air-time.

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