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The GOP’s funny farm bill

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In case you thought that after passing a disastrous omnibus bill, Republicans would move on to fulfilling their promises on health care and immigration, you were wrong. Now it’s time for a trillion-dollar farm bill.

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This is a bad fit with the 10th Amendment.

It’s a bad fit with those of us who embrace personal responsibility, a pillar of our nation’s founding!

Being a dairy farming (semi-retired) family, I can speak to some of this stuff with some applied practical experience.  We were always small by today’s standards, but ‘getting up there’ by 1950s and 1960s standards.  That said, our farm was run frugally, and did actually support us with minimum, manageable, or no debt.

Ah...debt....that is the sole reason for those programs - the PLC and the ARC.  You see, many farmers had catastrophic insurance for natural disasters, or should an action by the policy holder cause harm to another (like if our load of milk contained an antibiotic or bacteria that ruined an entire tanker load of milk).  That said, these programs offer far more protection to the farmer...because today, most have such massive debt that any dip in commodity prices means they’d probably be unable to service their debt, and end up in a bankruptcy situation.

It may seem like a good thing on the surface, like mortgage insurance or something, but I don’t see it that way.  These programs make risk taking attractive, and many have abandoned all caution in favor of growth because of a government guarantee.  But what happens if all this propping up of the agricultural industry comes apart? What if it comes crashing down?  Who, then, will own the farmland, ranch land, and equipment to produce the country’s (world’s?) food?  As I see it, and fear it, the government will assume all ownership and control of it.  

Now think about how the populace in other nations fared when the government controlled the food supply.  

I welcome your thoughts on this!

I believe the pattern has been set.  Corporations will own the farms, not the government.  But, corporations may also own the government.

A more effective means of helping with farm debt might be a decrease in the interest rate at which money is owed.  So, borrow at 5% in good times and renegotiate to 4% when crops fail or the commodities markets go to hell.  This would allow small farms to keep up payments and eventually pay off the loan without creating a "welfare" farm via subsidies.

Ah, yes, it’s a welfare for LARGE farms via those subsidies, but not for small farms, unless the small farmer goes totally non traditional and does something really weird except to liberals....weird agricultural stuff is also subsidized.

OMG this is horrible. Our government is filled with those only there to get rich. They get money from lobbyists and continue doing the same things over and over. Enrich themselves at the expense of, we the people. They go to congress making 170 grand a year and are millionaires in a short period of time. We need term limits. Immediately!  

Our farmers are our food supply! What doesn't the government get about this? I totally agree with JB's statement! 


A more effective means of helping with farm debt might be a decrease in the interest rate at which money is owed. So, borrow at 5% in good times and renegotiate to 4% when crops fail or the commodities markets go to hell. This would allow small farms to keep up payments and eventually pay off the loan without creating a "welfare" farm via subsidies.

Thanks, Lynn.  You make me think I said something good.  :)

You're welcome. You did say something good. 

Info from the Heritage Foundation:

Q&A: Farm Bill Policies Benefit Wealthy Farmers, Hurt Taxpayers

"So farmers only pay a third of the premiums. That would be nice if that’s how my auto insurance worked and taxpayers paid two-thirds."

You can listen to the podcast of above interview here at the 5:18 mark

Wow, thanks Jodi!  I didn’t know it was that bad!

HOUSE PASSES PART OF FARM BILL

By a partisan vote of 216 to 208, the House Thursday passed a stripped down farm bill that leaves out its most expensive part, the Nutrition Title.

"Pass the farm bill farm bill, so that I can begin to work on the nutrition part of the farm bill next." House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) told his colleagues just before the vote, which didn't get any Democratic support and was opposed by about a dozen Republicans. It was a victory for Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), a fourth generation farmer who came to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and who has been working for a year to make farm programs and nutrition programs stand on their own."

"Together we can get this done and pass the first farm-only farm bill in 40 years," Stutzman said at the start of a sometimes emotional debate. The bill passed today is similar to the amended version that the House defeated on June 20, and includes a consolidated conservation title that saves $6 billion over 10 years, as well as a commodity title that ends direct payments. One key difference is that it would replace the 1949 permanent farm bill, which Lucas said was in effect when Harry Truman was President and is outdated.

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