Farm Bill Pays Ag Subsidies To Rock Stars, Rockefellers

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As Congress takes up a renewal of the massive, omnibus five-year entitlement plan known as the U.S. Farm Bill, don’t hold your breath for massive reforms.

So far, it appears a decision to do away with direct payments of taxpayer funds to farm aid recipients — many of them very, very wealthy corporations — has been reached.

But that’s likely the biggest change in a nearly $1 trillion package that will see more than $760 billion go to food stamp subsidies over the next 10 years, as the number of Americans on the program swells to more than 15 percent (as opposed to 2 percent 40 years ago) under President Barack Obama.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch excoriated Congress and the Obama Administration for their mutual adoration of the Farm Bill, citing both the “demosclerosis” that has the bill’s supportive lobby entrenched in the Washington, D.C., chain of power, as well as the perverse city-country gravy train that pays farmers for not producing (and pays urban people — including destitute farmers like Jon Bon Jovi and the Rockefeller family — through contrived entitlements).

“Anyone starting from scratch would not design a farm policy like the one America has. At least not anyone with a lick of common sense,” notes columnist Bart Hinkle. “But since common sense is as common on Capitol Hill as a unicorn stampede, we have…[a] confusing clutter of programs that pay farmers not to farm, reward them for undue risk, write checks to rock stars and Rockefellers, give special treatment to certain crops without rationale, and ladle out welfare to the wealthy while ignoring those on the margins.”

Read Hinkle’s full column here.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

  • svet11

    Who cares? Godvernment printed 6 trillion dollars in 5 year. They always can print some more.