A Bumper Crop Of Food Stamps

24 May

Yet another governmental overreach example: Let’s pack a “farm bill” with a variety of other programs to make it more of an omnibus bill, and to further the use of Food Stamps. This practice should be a breach of ethics.

PA Pundits - International

Payne_Amy.ashxBy Amy Payne ~OfarmaBill-words

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Where do food stamps come from?

They come from taxpayers—certainly not from family farms. Yet the “farm” bill, a recurring subsidy-fest in Congress, is actually 80 percent food stamps and other government nutrition programs.

The food stamps sweeten the farm deal for lawmakers, who admit that the combination works for their political purposes. As Heritage experts Daren Bakst and Diane Katz explain:

The food stamp portion creates a reason for urban representatives to support farm subsidies, and for farm-state lawmakers to support food stamps.

Talk of de-politicizing agriculture programs and welfare policy is met with stiff resistance. For example, Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently told the North American Agricultural Journalists group that food stamps should continue to be included in the farm bill “purely from a political perspective. It helps get the farm bill passed.”


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