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Omnibus Farm Bill Should Be Scrapped

jerry2 Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 9:02 PM
Farmers do not need subsidies. We don't need to continue to pay farmers to leave land fallow either. Our government wants to continue to subsidize farmers in order to manipulate the system -- as usual. The government needs to get out of the way and let farmers farm. Let them succeed or fail (most will succeed very well indeed). The food stamp program, like all so called entitlements, is bloated and obscene. It has grown monstrously under Obama. It should be pared back severely and slowly brought back to being a safety net program -- not a way of life.
Joe40 Wrote: Sep 10, 2012 9:08 PM
As long as farmers plan for risks and/or efficiency,then they should have little trouble achieving. After all, farmers have one built-in advantage over other businesses. People aren't going to stop eating en masse any tie soon.
One of the biggest atrocities committed by Congress is the easy passage of the Farm Bill. About once every five years, an omnibus bill passes with a massive price tag. The last one, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, cost $228 billion. The iteration making its way through Congress right now costs 60% more and is over 1000 pages long.

As the Fiscal Times' Liz Peek writes, "taxpayers should demand that Congress scrap this monstrosity and start over." Indeed, there's a significant push to do just that - Congressional Republicans have refused to make reauthorization of...