Farm Bill still full of pork (and high fructose corn syrup)

Just yesterday the House and Senate passed the 5-year Farm Bill in order to provide predictability to our nation’s farmers. Of course “Farm Bill” is really a euphemism because 75-80 percent of it goes to food stamps and government feeding programs.

Kendric Ward of Watchdog.org calls it “the ultimate in pork-barrel politics” and reports that price supports on sugar will continue to force Americans to pay twice what global consumers pay. According to an economist, taxpayers loan just over $1 billion to sugar producers annually, but last year just three firms received the bulk of it.

Ward says $8 billion will be trimmed from food stamps – hallelujah, lottery winners will no longer receive them – but a work provision for adult eligibility is still optional. Junk-food additives — including high-fructose corn syrup — will continue to be subsidized, enough to buy every kid under 18 eight 2-liter bottles of soda every year. Wonder what Michelle Obama has to say about that?

And you’ll be pleased to know companies like McDonald’s and Fruit of the Loom and other giant agricultural companies and trade associations will continue to receive funds from the $200 million-per-year Market Access Program, which subsidized ad campaigns.

Even those on the Left are concerned about this massive wasteful spending:

Dan Smith, tax and budget advocate for the progressive U.S. Public Interest Research Group stated, “Taxpayer money has even been used to pay for a reality TV show in India to promote cotton.”

We absolutely need to support our American agriculture industry, but until we begin implementing free market measures, reforming the entire Farm Bill and its design and restoring it to its original purpose, well, we’re just whistling “Dixie” as we say down South, while watching our debt grow.

61 COMMENTS

  1. When will these cowards in dc,actually write a bill,that is only about the reason the bill was brought up.Like food in this country,these clowns have to put “additives” in everything they do.Main problem with most of them being former lawyers.Like the old saying goes,”Only thing lower than whale crap at the bottom of the ocean,,,,LAWYERS and politicians”!

    • As long as lobbying is nvolved, you will always have added pork. They should be banned but the politicians get something in return for pushing it through.

  2. we as americans have seen the peak of this country its all down hill from here and that breaks my heart but we have allowed it to get to bad to ever fix

  3. Saul David Alinsky (Jan 30, 1909 – Jun 12, 1972) was an American community organizer, writer and Barack Obama’s mentor. He’s generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book: Rules for Radicals.

    How to create a Social State, by Saul Alinsky:

    There are eight (8) levels of control which must be [attained] before one is able to create a social state. The First One is The Most Important:…

    1. Healthcare –
    Control healthcare and you control the people.

    2. Poverty –
    Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if u are providing everything for them to live.

    3. Debt –
    Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. This way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

    4. Gun Control –
    Remove the ability of citizens to defend themselves from the government. This way you will be able to create a police state.

    5. Welfare –
    Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, Income)

    6. Education –
    Take control of what people read and listen. Take control of what children learn in school.

    7. Religion –
    Remove a belief in God from the government and schools.

    8. Class Warfare –
    Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to [tax] the wealthy because of [the “need” to support] the poor.

    Any of this sound familiar?

    • Greg, your comments are right on the money. I wish I knew how to get the uninformed interested in learning how things really work, but it is really difficult to get people to do what they do not want to do. The more effective the government is in implementing the 8 points above, the more control they have. When they get enough control, then the useful idiots survive with a meager life and the useless idiots get pushed into a big trench and covered with dirt by a bulldozer. If some of these folks would spend some time reading 20th Century history, they would be able to figure this out, that is assuming the liberal progressives have not destroyed all of the books containing ACCURATE history. God help us!

    • I’m glad he is dead! He has a detrimental affect on America. Alinsky the radical destroyer of American standards who’s philosophy The liar Obama and the idiot Hillary support. This is a frightening scenario.

  4. Just look at moochelles fat ass and you really see what she cares about. Do as I say, not as I do. Maybe the presidents family needs to fire all of the chefs at the white house and head to the local school for lunch.

  5. If “those on the right” don’t like it, and “those on the left” don’t like it… WHO IS IT THAT IS VOTING FOR THIS MONSTROSITY???

  6. Feb. 5, 2014 – Both Republican & Democrat parties reek of corruption and have their head up their rosy-red
    s, acting like spoiled children, doing NO GOOD unless it benefits their own desires or some Criminal Corporation ! We need an AMERICAN PATRIOT PARTY which is made up of representatives we TRUST TO DEFEND and UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION, Our BILL of RIGHTS and OUR FREEDOM and LIBERTY ! They will not answer to or represent Criminal Corporations, the United Nations & its AGENDA 21, but rather the citizens which elected them to do good for the betterment of WE THE PEOPLE OF The UNITED STATES of AMERICA !

    • Why do, when the Administration has a strangle hold on Congress, people start blaming the Republicans for the wasteful spending. Every time they try to do something, Obama shuts off something to punish the citizens.

  7. Two complaints: In the article, the comment “Wonder what Michelle Obama has to say about that?” Totally unfair and unnecessary remark. Last I heard, she doesn’t hold an elected office. Second complaint: Poster Kenneth Duncan’s remark: “Just look at moochelle’s fat….”. Kenneth, you’re beyond tacky.

  8. All the cost for this bill will be paid for by taxpayers. Your already high heating bill is going to be taxed in this monstrosity.

  9. First , Michelle Obama has put herself in the position of being the guru of good healthy food choices . NOT. Why in Gods name do we support her ignorant propaganda

      • I think if the public were educated again as in my generation we wouldn’t even be having this discussion. Sorry Brendan that just doesn’t cut it.

      • How does your comment have anything whatsoever to do with the question I asked?
        I responded to a poster who seemed to oppose eating healthy just because the First Lady pushes healthy eating,
        Your comment makes no sense.

      • I do not like or respect Michelle Obama. She lives in the lap of luxury and has an attitude towards average Americans much like Marie Antonette ‘s statement “let them eat cake”.Remember all the luxurious vacations that she took with 50 of her closet’s friends and her WH entourage. I do not believe that she is a registered dietitian or has credentials that make what dietary advice that she offers credible.

      • Thank you for responding.
        You have every rate to dislike the First Lady.
        It just seemed odd that you oppose her encouraging children to eat healthy.
        Even a bad person can have a good idea.

  10. Does a consumer in Mexico pay $300 for an IPHONE, $35,000 for a Ford F150? Or China or Honduras? This bill helps keep the local farmers paying $10,000 per acre for the land next to them. They buy more land then enroll it in a government program and you and I pay for the land and he meets momma for lunch in her new Cadillac while he shows up in his $52,000 pickup truck.

    Money IS the root of all evil and it needs to stop flowing through Washington D.C.

    • DC60, money is NOT the root of all evil. The LOVE of money is. There is nothing wrong with money. It’s those who chase after it, while disregarding everything else, are the problem.

      1 Timothy 6:9-10 says, “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wantered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

      Even better, read all of 1 Timothy 6, in context. Scripture brings so much clarity of wisdom, I would be doing you a disservice if I neglected to recommend it.

  11. No, it is not you “local” farmers that are the problem. It is the corporations that have entered into farming that are benefiting from these programs. The average farmer is struggling to just get by.

      • I can not speak to that, I have not researched that state.. But if they have huge incorporated farm operations, they are the ones that get the money while the family farms wither and die.

  12. Average farmer is not struggling, BS. If you can’t make it, find another profession. My brother-in-law has been growing tobacco for 30 years+. He is told to only use a small portion of his land and has always been subsided. Same as corn growers that is used in the Govt. ethanol program. Millionaire farmers get money because they donate heavy.

  13. We would not have nearly the obesity problem in America if the big companies – for that matter , any company – would stop the use of high fructose corn syrup in almost everything we eat . If I see that on a label I will not buy the product . It is killing Americans to make rich companies richer .

    • I agree, but where is the out cry from the public?? I guess they prefer an early death to obesity and heart disease than to protest this poison? or perhaps they are not willing or able to relinquish the freebees. EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO A FREE LUNCH, RIGHT??

      • Food manufacturers do listen to customers, so if there is a food you like, that has an unhealthy ingredient in it, you can write to the company and ask them to substitute a natural product for the unhealthy one. With email so readily available, and most companies having websites with contact pages, giving your 2-cents is easier than it’s ever been.

      • How about cutting back on sweets and processed foods altogether, and/or using sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, and molasses?

      • No, silly. Mother nature provides plenty of sweet fruits–and even vegetables–that can provide sweetness to foods that need it, without side affects!

        Think of all the sweet fruit juices from apples, oranges, pears, pineapples, and so on. And, how about beet juice? That’s sweet, too.

        Or even good ole cane sugar. It’s a natural plant, too.

        Through His creation, God has provided us everything we need to be healthy, and stay healthy. It’s Man that has messed everything up.

  14. They didn’t change the qualifying structure for foodstamps they just cut the benefit back by 1%. The fraud will continue unscathed.

  15. I am putting my entire retirement fund into agricultural land, then file for CRP, and get paid Big money to not grow anything. It does not get any better than this.

  16. The Farm bill should only be for helping the farmers and nothing else. McDonald’s is getting money because they started to lose money on their menu and went to the government for help. Not sure why Fruit of the Loom gets money its not like you can eat cotton. As far as food stamps it should ONLY be used for meat, dairy, grains and vegetables and nothing else. Why is this so hard for our government? It’s just like the subsidies for the gasoline manufactures. They make a lot of money and pay a lot of taxes but still get subsidies. The taxes that every person in this country pays is to go towards our roads but the Federal and State governments have spent that money on something else so now we need to pay more to fix our Interstates and State highways. It makes me sick to even think about the government waste that has been going on for years.

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