Is the Farm Bill Just Another Example of Big Government? [POLL]
Agriculture is obviously huge on the South Plains and that's why bills such as the Farm Bill receive so much attention. As we know though, 80% of the Farm Bill is for Food Stamps which leaves many calling it a Food Stamp Bill. Today, the people at RedState.com took a swing at this year's Farm Bill and called for the Speaker not to let it pass. According to RedState:
Put simply, the farm bill is an anathema to free enterprise, limited government, and individual responsibility. The House version (H.R. 6083) authorizes $957 billion in spending over 10 years, 80% of which will go towards food stamps. Despite erroneous claims in the media regarding severe cuts to food stamps, this bill actually consummates the Obama-era baseline into our entitlement empire forever.
Furthermore, this bill adds an additional 3 crop insurance and price support programs that distort the market, encourage risky behavior, protect parochial interests, and are tendentious towards large farms. This bill also continues the egregious coddling of rich sugar farmers and the dairy supply regulations that you so aptly referred to as “Soviet style.”
RedState continued saying:
Let’s win this election decisively by standing on the bold free market, limited government principles that buoyed the Republican majority into power in 2010. Then, after assuming control of all branches of government, we can pursue new policies from a position of strength.
Let’s begin by decoupling food stamp spending from agriculture programs so we can break the indissoluble bond between multiple special interest groups. We understand that food stamps and agriculture programs will not disappear overnight, but we must recognize their deleterious effects on our economy, free markets, and self respect. And it must be our ultimate goal to phase out and wind down these programs in an effort to restore our Constitutional Republic to the entity that it was when originally conceived.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer is listed as one of the lawmakers who, according to RedState, "took a leadership role in pushing the Speaker to radically expand the size of government". What do you think about the Farm Bill. Is it a huge expansion of government? Or is it something that is needed? Let us know your thoughts in today's LFN Poll of the Day.