You Must Call Your Congressman About The Farm Bill

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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).

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...I just sent a little note to my guy, Frank Wolf (VA, 10) thanking him for his “nay” on this monster.

My Senator, on the other hand (Jim Webb – ewww, yuck), will be getting a special “raspberry” note from me – not that he’ll pay it any mind though.

Erick, your call to arms the other day is really getting under my skin.

Generally (being the cynical, grumpy misanthrope I am), I’ve been disinclined to engage beyond careful vote casting.

But I have come to realize (and feel strongly) that this will not be enough. I have no doubt this change of heart is due largely to my becoming a member of the RS community, and being exposed to the wonderful folks here.

Combined with EPU’s posting of a Patrick Henry speech today, I’m already reaching for my musket. Guess it’s time to show my face at a few local meetings.

My couch has seen quite enough of my butt.

Liberty or Death indeed.

But that's not quite a good analogy. Heh. Glad you're getting on board.

Fight On!

VETO....calling the President to support his VETO right now!

Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion

Just called my Congressman, Representative John Barrow (D, GA-12) and actually talked to him. His answer for SUPPORTING this vote to override the President? "umm, umm, umm, it's kind of difficult to explain, but... its the trade provisions that aren't law".

I told him what I told his secretary... "I'm a Soldier, I'm from Savannah and you think you could spend a little less on Chinese Gardens, renaming the Food Stamp Act, and not allowing dead people to collect federal benefits and a little more bullets for my guns".

Strength & Honor: forcibly securing America's freedom as a vestige of Her foreign policy

Democrats here voted for him to get him out of Athens, before redistricting. I'm sorry that it came at your expense.

I turn on C-Span to find my "conservative" Republican Representative Bill Shuster is leading the bipartisan effort to increase funding for Amtrak. I took the time to write him about the farm bill and I guess I will do the same on this for all the good it will do.

and see how it compares to the Capitol cafeteria.

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