Editorial: U.S. House leaders snub nation's farmers

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD
  • Updated: September 24, 2012 - 7:38 PM

Apparently, they care more about re-election campaigns.

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alansonSep. 24, 12 9:36 PM

The "Farm Bill" would be more aptly titled the "Food Stamps Bill" because that's where most of the money goes. The farmer's are being held hostage by the food stamp lobby, and that's what this political fight is all about - how to control the skyrocketing cost of the food stamp program. This is neither a trivial nor cynical effort by Republicans and it will continue after the election until more headway is made on this problem.

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drmyeyesSep. 24, 1210:08 PM

I am more concerned about Obama snubbing our friends and allies by choosing to go on late night TV programs and The View rather than act a president and meet with these leaders. The farmers will be just fine... especially those that grow corn.

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endothermSep. 24, 1211:03 PM

The members of the Republican Congress deserve to lose every reelection campaign. They have blocked or stalled nearly all progress in this country for the past two years. Their political agenda trumps any sort of compromise for the good of the American people. Why delay this farm bill? Because they don't want to do anything that might move us forward and make President Obama look good. Because they want to cut food stamps for poor families with children (the majority of people who benefit from food stamps are children). These are both disgusting motives.

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rhanSep. 25, 1211:38 AM

Republicans have been promising for many, many decades that they are going to "cut spending". Did Farmer's think that if the Republicans ever upheld that promise that they would be spared? Of course we should cut government spending to Farmers - we live in a Free Market System, if you want Socialism and Government Support vote for Hardcore Liberals.

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leroyjeanSep. 25, 1212:38 PM

The Republi-cons are not concerned about the Farmer. They are concerned about the rich corps making big money and not paying taxes on their large profits. Why all the farm states vote Republi-con is a mystery to all Americans. Could it be, they vote religion instead of their pocket books??????

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arspartzSep. 25, 12 2:56 PM

Why does every aspect of life require a new bill from congress? Why not just stop interfering and let the market do its job? This country survived for decades, in fact more that a century, before the government decided it needed to put its fingers into farming.

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formergopSep. 25, 12 3:58 PM

First of all, farmers are the biggest complainers of government hand outs. Except when it effects them. We need to stop subsidies for all groups.

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csigirl2Sep. 25, 12 4:04 PM

@arspartz - are you kidding? Do you know WHY the Farm Bill was formed? To quote FarmAid: The first Farm Bill, the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 (each one has a name), was created to address rock bottom prices (corn prices actually hit $0), national hunger, soil erosion, lack of credit and unfair export practices. Yes, definitely sounds like a system that was working just fine for everyone. The Farm Bill isn't a "new" bill, and $288 Billion isn't small potatoes. If you're concerned about waste of time bills from Congress (or politicians in general), let's start with cutting all the wasted time and money on things like marriage amendments, an "aspect of life" where gov't sure as heck needs to get out. As for "the market doing it's job" lie, that "market" enslaved people (read The Jungle) and commodified lives for all those decades you mention. The Farm Bill is FAR from perfect, but along with other bills, it tried to make this country a better place for all. Oh and who the heck do you think GAVE farmers land (aka stole it from Native Americans) in the first place? Right, the US Government... definitely sounds like they weren't involved in farming all.

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csigirl2Sep. 25, 12 4:11 PM

I should also add, all those calling for cutting subsidies for all groups, need to realize YOU are the reason for those subsidies! The American public (regardless of party) thinks they deserve cheap food. Since when did you pay the full price of anything you ate? If you eat cornfed beef you sure don't. How about anything with high fructose corn syrup? If you're ready to pony up, keep shouting. Just be ready for a rude awakening. I'm not saying this is how it should be, I'd guess most farmers would like to be able to grow their product subsidy free and know you and I will pay what it's worth every time, but that's a joke.

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tgiesekeSep. 27, 12 7:50 AM

Ah, yes, the "Food Stamp and Corn Bill" is up again. Why are the rest of you constituents mucking up the process?

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