Oh, and if you’re feeling guilty about failing your lawmakers, you may want to know the special interests lobbyists are not happy, either. According to The Hill, several lobbyists shifted the blame to “Tea Party sentiment [that] runs strong against the bill due to the hefty prices tag for farm programs.”
While the bill’s cost is an issue, it is not the only issue. What special interest lobbyists cannot understand is that government intervention distorts the market, thus harming consumers and taxpayers by increasing the real cost of goods and service.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) explains government intervention distorts “information that is absolutely essential to consumers to make rational decisions in the marketplace." His colleague, Tom McClintock (R-CA) had a simple solution: the government "shouldn't be subsidizing any product."
Not only are both men right, they are exhibiting principled leadership in the process.
Can you picture Huelskamp or McClintock, or other conservative leaders like Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) or Representatives Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Tom Graves (R-GA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), blaming their constituents for their own failings?
Of course not.
Ultimately, proponents of a government-centric economy believe they are always smarter than their constituents are. If they cannot achieve something, it is always because their constituents did not understand.
Don’t believe me? President Obama told Time Magazine he “didn’t have the luxury of six months to explain exactly what we were doing with the [stimulus].” And Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) declared, “I understand that parts of [Obamacare] are not popular, but I don’t think most Missourians understand what’s all in it.”
Two very different visions for America through the prism of the farm bill debate. Which one do you prefer? And remember, if you pick wrong, it is your fault.