The story is, that some Republican members of Congress have received farm subsidies from the U.S. Government, and some are Tea Party supporters and thus they are hypocritical. I am against all subsidies, particularly paying farmers to grow corn for ethanol, but then the oil companies also receive subsidies for blending corn oil for ethanol. How do Democrats feel about that? Any irony? Any disgust? Finding any hypocrites there?
Having said that, the world has had food producing subsidies going far back in history. After world War I, America’s subsidy of grains and cattle kicked into gear, by necessity. Someone had to grow food and they had to feed the cattle. The Great Depression and the DustBowl put the world on it’s ear. The U.S.’ first official established policy of ” subsidy” was put in place in 1933 by Democrat president Franklin D. Roosevelt as a part of the New Deal.
Floods, droughts, the price of energy and government regulations affect what a farmer can and cannot do. Regulations have demanded that ethanol be prominently marketed in the U.S. and so the price of corn has soared. Tacos not affordable. Unintended consequences that greenies ignore. No matter what Government policies we put in place to override disaster, we know we cannot stomp them out at a later date.
Our crops are competitive with the world, and the world subsidizes. To compete, it is likely our farmers have to take advantage of Government subsidies. Government sticks it’s nose everywhere, and likely began that egregious practice with landowners decades ago.
Food Distribution is just one handy nook and cranny, among many:
The Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act of 1933 under Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt, with Democrats in majority in both chambers
The Agricultural Act of 1949 under Democrat President Harry Truman with Democrats in majority in both chambers
The Child Nutrition of 1966 under Democrat President Lyndon Johnson, with Democrats in majority in both chambers of Congress ( later included the School Lunch Act).
The Food Stamp act of 1977 under Republican President Gerald Ford with Democrats in majority in both chambers
The Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 under Republican President Reagan with the US House a Democrat majority and the US Senate a Republican majority in the US House
The Emergency Fod Assistance Act of 1983 under Republican President Ronald Reagan with a Democrat majority and the US Senate a Republican majority in the US House
The Commodity Distribution Reform Act and WIC Amendments of 1987 under Republican President Ronald Reagan with a Democrat majority in both chambers
The Personal responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 under Democrat President Bill Clinton with a Republican majority in both chambers
The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 under President G.W. Bush with a Republican majority in both chambers
I don’t know how to get rid of the majority of farm subsidies, but I know we must do so, and at the same time we must take on every Green subsidy, window manufacturers, heating and air manufacturers, siding manufacturers, solar panel subsidies, wind farm subsidies – to name only a few. Linked by The Other McCain in the Live at Five segment – Thank You! Memorandum has a excited thread