Supporters of the bill are now touting drought relief as a reason to bring the bill to the House floor. But an analysis by the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense found that just 0.2 percent of projected "farm bill" spending goes to disaster programs. They also point out that taxpayers already pick up about 60 percent of the cost for crop insurance, which covers losses during droughts.
The drought is a natural disaster. Tragic, but unavoidable - a feature of human experience since the dawn of time. The massive explosion in federal spending and debt, by contrast, is an entirely man-made disaster of new and unique dimensions. It is a disaster to burden our children and grandchildren with staggering debts before they are even born. And it is a disaster to have one in seven Americans on food stamps, dependent on someone else to feed them. Congress needs to fix the economy so people have jobs, not lock this in for another five years.
Republicans were elected to the House to stop spending. This is their chance to actually do it.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.