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.

Read: Stutzman-Needham: The ‘Farm’ Bill Is No Such Thing (WSJ)


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5 thoughts on “The Farm Bill Is No Such Thing

  1. I think spending tax dollars on feeding the poorer citizens of this country is much better than buying say… bullets to kill people of other nations. If you feel differently you ought to be ashamed of yourself. The question isn’t why should we spend government funds on the health and welfare of the American populace, the questioon is why don’t you think we should?

    • It’s not a question of butter OR bullets. What is the proper role of government is a Free Society? Taking money from Producers to “feed” citizens? Where is the Constitutional authority for that? Sending armies to die in politcally inspired, corporately profitable “wars” overseas under the laughable guise of “national security”? Where is the sense, logic or Constitutional authority for that?
      (Hint: It isn’t in the so-called “welfare clause”).
      Spending citizens’ taxes on “health and welfare” creates “government addicts”. Voluntary participation of family, church, community is the rightful source in a Free Society.
      Unless, of course, you have no interest in Freedom and a strong preference for micro-managing Nanny State governance – which has always meant the end of Freedom

  2. Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana has taken in over $190,000 in farm subsidies for his own personal farm since 1995. In addition, his family farm has taken in close to $1 million in farm subsidies since 1995. The question that ‘We the People’ need to be asking our Congressman is, ‘When did farming become an enumerated power of Congress?”

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