The “farm bill” affects all Americans, not just farmers. After all, everyone eats and wants affordable food to feed their families. Yet as is typical, the House and Senate generally ignore the needs of consumers who buy food and the taxpayers who pay the subsidies that are transferred to wealthy agribusinesses.
Especially with record federal budget deficits, Congress should be finding ways to save money and avoid waste. Regrettably, that’s not the case. To put it in context, President Barack Obama has proposed to cut almost three times as much in agriculture spending as the House and Senate “food stamp/farm bills” bills do.