You Must Call Your Congressman About The Farm Bill
By Erick Posted in Congress — Comments (7) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
The President, yet again, intends to veto the Farm Bill. If you aren't up to speed on the farm bill, just check out Dan McLaughlin's breakdown of the legislation here.
As P.J. O'Rourke once wrote, "Farm policy, although it's complex, can be explained. What it can't be is believed. No cheating spouse, no teen with a wrecked family car, no mayor of Washington, DC, videotaped in flagrante delicto has ever come up with anything as farfetched as U.S. farm policy."
Consider that this year's Farm Bill contains a provision asking the Agriculture Secretary to stop paying *dead* farmers. But the Farm Bill still pays millionaires living in New York City who claim to be farmers. The Farm Bill also continues to mandate price increases of sugar and milk.
At a time when gas prices are soaring along with every other cost, **Congress is mandating that you pay more for sugar and milk than you actually would without a Congressional demand for high prices.**
A number of groups have come together to draft a letter to Congress opposing the farm bill. Read the letter here and voice your support for the letter in the comments.
Also, call the White House at (202) 456-1111 and tell the President you support his veto of the Farm Bill.
Then call your Congressman at (202) 224-3121 and demand he vote to uphold the President's veto.
Just because Congress calls this thing a "Farm Bill" does not mean it actually helps farmers or your. This is just a backdoor tax on sugar and milk and a payout to Manhattan millionaires who own ski lodges in Montana.
UPDATE (Dan McLaughlin): Not mentioned in my writeup, but the farm bill also raises the price of alternative feuls by requiring recipients of federal loans/subsidies for building ethanol plants to pay the Davis-Bacon Act's inflated wages. (See here, here and here).