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Subsidizing Millionaire Farmers Makes Absolutely No Sense

Monday, July 22, 2013

The New York Times continues the cover the ever-expensive farm bill- and calls out the conservative majority in the House for passing a bill that seemingly does nothing but dole out more money in farm subsidies.

The Times writes:

But the bitter and much publicized debate leading up to the party-line vote tended to obscure what happened to the rest of the bill in the House: many of the same legislators up in arms about government spending and welfare abuse nonetheless voted for an increase in federal subsidies to wealthy farm interests.

“What’s remarkable and extraordinary about the farm bill is that, at a time of record crop prices and federal deficits, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to increase subsidies,” Scott Faber, vice president for governmental affairs at the Environmental Working Group, told me this week…

“It’s hard to understand how anyone in the House who calls himself a conservative could support this, but many did,” said Chris Chocola, president of the free-market-oriented Club for Growth, which opposed the bill and lobbied against it.

Find the rest of this must read article here.

Table Scraps:

Politico writes on the Members of Congress who receive farm subsidies but are in favor of gutting SNAP.

Huffington Post on how fracking impacts your farmer’s market

Tweet of the Day:

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