Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Thursday, 02.22.2018
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8
 9  10  11  12  13  14  15
 16  17  18  19  20  21  22
 23  24  25  26  27  28  29
 30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local

Members Of

Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (0 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Mar 07,2008
D.C. indecency
by The San Diego Union-Tribune

American farmers are enjoying an all-time high in profitability, thanks both to a big, sustained global surge in demand for their crops and extremely generous federal subsidies that are a leftover of the Great Depression, when farming was besieged.

So how should Congress and President Bush adjust federal agricultural policy to deal with farming's unusual combination of vast profits and huge subsidies? Whether you're a liberal who thinks the federal government is already too accommodating of the rich, a conservative who thinks giving public funds to a thriving industry is indefensible or a moderate who holds both views, the answer could not be more obvious: You cut the subsidies.

To the president's credit, this is just what he is calling for in negotiations over the massive, long-term farm bill now pending before lawmakers. The Bush administration has won support from a strong cross-section of both the House and Senate, including a surprising number of farm-state legislators who fear a public backlash when it sinks in that wealthy corn, wheat and soybean growers are getting so much taxpayer help - and at a time when the cost of food is steadily increasing. Hopes for reform hit new highs in December when 56 senators supported a proposal to cut subsidies by more than 30 percent and to end the bizarre practice of paying some farmers to not grow crops.

Three months later, unfortunately, it now looks like we could end up with a farm policy that's worse than ever. Congressional negotiators - not content with the usual five-year subsidy bill - are said to be close to wrapping up work on a 10-year, $600 billion plan that subsidizes heretofore-unfavored crops and adds $10 billion in new subsidy programs for wealthy commodity growers.

The sticking point in the deal is an agreement that the additional $10 billion must be offset by cuts elsewhere or by new revenue. Here is where the farm bill saga goes from troubling to unconscionable: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considering cutting food stamps provided to poor people and imposing taxes on credit card and debit card transactions by all Americans in order to free up funds to help rich farmers get richer.

It's a wonder the liberal San Francisco Democrat can even show her face in her hometown.

Why on earth did Nancy Pelosi end up being the bagman for corporate agribusiness? Because she thinks a change in farm policy could cost Democrats control of the House, and she likes being speaker.

In other words, for the crassest of political reasons.

We urge President Bush to stick to his veto threats - and we hope that the reform coalition of 56 senators (including California Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer) can reassemble in coming weeks.

Americans already face plenty of daunting challenges. The last thing we need is for the federal government to sign up for 10 years more of one of the most conspicuously crazy domestic policies in U.S. history.

Reprinted from The San Diego Union-Tribune – CNS.

859 times read

Related news
Welfare for millionaires by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted on Dec 21,2007

The Farm Bill: Veto it by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch posted on May 16,2008

A missed opportunity by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted on May 16,2008

Shame on Pelosi by The San Diego Union-Tribune posted on Mar 30,2007

Take bull by the horns by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted on Jun 15,2007

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00Rating: 5.00 (total 12 votes)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum


Deschutes County

  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?