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Monday, January 21, 2019

Every five years, approximately, a monster piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill — hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies, restrictions, and price controls — gets renewed and sets our food policy. The Senate version is 1010 pages long, featuring a few good ideas and many more programs designed to funnel cash to major food producers and corporations. Republican Senator John McCain has viciously mocked and attacked what he sees as ridiculous giveaways, but runs the risk of  mocking serious science. Here’s a sampling of the Farm Bill pork that will be doled out, ranging from the stupid to the scientific.

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10 responses to “What’s Buried In The Farm Bill?”

  1. Ed says:

    And howare these “non-profits”?

  2. William Deutschlander says:

    Sounds like this is much more important than creating jobs, funding unemployment benefits or paying down the Republican National Debt!

  3. Teady says:

    Sounds like congress is playing hot and loose with our money but what else is new. Hasn’t it always been that way? They use our money to fund what they like then leave us high and dry and yet we keep electing these clowns.

  4. joemenyojr says:

    I truly like that catch PHRASE!
    ” Republican National Debt ”
    And it sure was made in America and it was made by Bush Republicans.
    If we all call it the Republican National Debt it can become a much more successful political weapon than the Wall Street demonstrations.

  5. howa4x says:

    This is typical republicrat(both parties) bill, dolling out the pork. The republicans in the house want to cut out programs that benefit young people like head start and curtail food stamps while giving business giants large subsidies. It’s welfare for the rich and tyranny for the poor. It’s a winner take all system and the winners never stop taking. How about using this money to fix our infastructure since 6000 bridges are unsafe or another stimulus package. But this is how Republicans do it. Faking concern for the middle class while funneling as much as they can to the upper class.

  6. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Republicans won’t be happy till every dime we earn ends up as tax subsidies for corporations. Why else do they want your SS, Medicare and Medicare payroll tax deductions in the hands of corporate fund managers?

    • oldtack says:

      Eleanore
      I agree with your sentiments. But, this is not solely a Republican ploy. All the various subsidies and “pork” gained mometum in the early 1930’s during the depression. These programs were set up with good intent but, like a canchre, what began as a small aid program metamorphosized into the massive waste we see today. This is not a Republican nor a Democrat problem. It is a Congressional problem. If you will note – the one Senator “screaming” about this is a Republican – John McCain.

      This waste is not just in the Farm Bill, it is prevalent in every Government subsidy program. This is why WE THE PEOPLE need to emulate the organizational strategies of the Tea Party with our voices and our votes to oust the galley rats from Washington and replace them. We need “young blood” with knowledge and vision to purge the entire system from the Tax structure to all subsidies. Restructure and keep those programs deemed necessarty and discard all others.

      I don’t care for the Tea Party idealogies per-se but I do admire their organizational abilities.

      Have a good weekend.

  7. Of course it is more important to give money to the fat cats than it is to have food stamps for the poor

  8. retnepracfrederick says:

    let the milk producers pay their own way but then again we pay the poor oil companies @ insurance companies so they can stick us in the butt, but i forget that is the republicans bread and better stick em , i just read something below it not a dem or rep problem let me tell u oldtac who r the rich people in america 4 the most part they r republicans think about it, bush bankrupt the country with iraq he lied 2 everyone he and his clown chaney, we should have gone 2 afgan

    • sanorio says:

      I think that $200 million for ‘got milk’ is a check off program. If it is, then the milk producers have funded it themselves…and you guys are screaming bloody murder over them self funding their own program. How dare they pay their own way?

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