Farm bill politics

  • Article by: Bonnie Blodgett
  • Updated: August 3, 2013 - 4:26 PM

To call this thing a bill is misleading. It’s a labyrinth. One with legs.

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gopher68Aug. 3, 1310:05 PM

First time I've agreed with one of Bonnie's commentaries in a long time, maybe ever. The only question I have is, doesn't Bonnie know the ringleader of the Farm Goodies and Other Assorted Pork (Pun Intended) Bill is a Democrat from right here in Minnesota? That's right, it's our own Colin Peterson leading the charge for More Dough For Farmers.

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mchuskerAug. 4, 13 7:42 AM

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores the proposed Farm Bill at $95 billion or so per year. This breaks down to 80% for SNAP and 20% for the rest of the Farm Bill including sugar, crop insurance, conservation reserve program, dairy, rural development, etc. One needs to do a more in depth study of the details to understand the issues, quoting the far left EWG (think Keith Ellison) or the far right Club for Growth (think Michelle Bachmann) is a shortcut that misses the "middle" as represented by more thoughtful house members such as Collin Peterson, Tim Walz or Kristi Noem (South Dakota).

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texas_technomanAug. 4, 13 1:31 PM

It's another government entitlement program, only this one is "ok" because it's not for the poor or elderly. 20% of the farm bill goes to farmers who are already millionaires, it put's in place artificial price supports...get rid of it, let the open market prevail.

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truthtimeAug. 4, 1311:57 PM

Any farm bill needs a cap on the size of farms, or some type of means test in order to get subsidies. Farmers should have to cover more of their crop insurance costs (any other business pays its own insurance, why not farmers). The SNAP program should be retained, but again, a bit more oversight on establishing individual need should be included. And, the food stamps should not be allowed to be used on junk food, soda, energy drinks, etc. The program should be changed to allow people to be able to get fresh foods at lower cost, because as the system is now, canned, boxed, bagged and similar processed foods make up vast majority of what low-income people buy because of cost of those types of less nutritionally sound foods is so much lower than fresh produce and meats. That would help fight the obesity problem that seems to be bigger among lower income people than the upper middle class and wealthy who can afford better food.

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daisyannAug. 11, 13 3:22 PM

I also agree with Bonnie Blodgett and might add that farmers do not pay gas taxes yet they use drive on our highways and roadways. Many county commissioners and congressman get farm subsidies. If the average citizen knew that they could look up (on the internet) what every farmer in every farm county in America receives for farm subsidy payments-courtesy of the American tax payer-they would be SCHOCKED!

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mritoyouAug. 30, 1310:22 AM

farmers dont pay gas tax? yeah right, we pay tax on highway diesel, highway gas, & we pay real estate taxes all the way to the middle of the road.....your welcome. we burn dyed diesel for off road use.Try being content for once you'll feel better

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