Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Farm Bill

Guess we need to read papers from either coast to read any sense about the pork for farmers. Heck of a bill when my Caputo's has to have a big poster explaining the price of pasta is going up because of ethanol subsidies.

From an Editorial in Foster's Daily Democrat in Vermont.
Let's hear no more from Democrats that they're on the side of the poor and opposed to big business. The farm bill passed by Congress loaded $40 billion onto nutrition programs for the poor to the benefit of America's wealthy farmers.

The country's corporate farmers won the backing of Senate Republicans from the farm states as well as the Democratic majority this week. Meanwhile, the majority party, working to widen its margin in the upper chamber is trying to paint President Bush and GOP members of Congress as being insensitive to the needs of America's underclass.

Sen. John Sununu reaffirmed his support for our country's poor and lower middle class last week in saying he continues to support the nutrition programs in the bill, but added, “good programs should never be held hostage to wasteful government spending.”

We don't have to remind the people of the Seacoast and Lakes Regions of New Hampshire and southern Maine of the soaring cost of food. They see it each day they go to the market.

Democrats running for election and re-election to Congress are trying to get consumers to swallow the meal that they are the ones who are trying to reduce food prices. How, by tossing subsidies at corn growers who sell their crops for the manufacture of ethanol, increasing the cost of what is sold in stores and what is grown for animal feed?
Also Boston Herald: Farm bill a major win for old politics and San Jose's The Mercury News: During boom in crop prices, lawmakers harvest subsidies.
With food prices soaring, it takes some gall to force Americans to pay billions of dollars to millionaire agribusinesses. Yet that's what the latest farm bill would do.
Gall indeed....

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