The Farm Bill Is No Such Thing
In the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d), U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) and Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham explain that 80% of the spending in the so-called farm bill actually goes toward the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps.
While laying out the facts, Messrs. Stutzman and Needham also explain how the farm bill became the food stamp bill:
For decades, an unholy Washington alliance—between rural lawmakers and their urban and suburban colleagues—has caused exponential growth in spending by combining farm policy and food stamps in one huge legislative package. It’s a practice our nation can no longer afford as we approach $16 trillion in debt.
Rather than complain about the unholy alliance, they propose a solution:
The Orwellian language of Washington creates unnecessary confusion and makes responsible governing needlessly difficult. It is time to have a farm-only farm bill, and move other policies separately.