Farm Bill Critics Claim Partial Victory Despite Stalemate

Jan 9, 2013 Full story: National Public Radio 9

It's amazing how many different kinds of people have been trying to abolish or at least change the government's payments to farmers.

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“Obama Shames the USA”

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#1 Jan 9, 2013
Gubmint pigs should get out of farming. Stop. Think.

“Forever Is Promised To No One”

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#2 Jan 9, 2013
Liberals just keep making the trough bigger and bigger for the welfare crowd. soooooooooeeeeeee pig pig pig.
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#3 Jan 9, 2013
Republicans have quietly maneuvered to prevent a House spending bill from chipping away at federal farm subsidies, instead forging ahead with much larger cuts to domestic and international food aid.

The GOP move will probably prevent up to $167 million in cuts in direct payments to farmers, including some of the nation's wealthiest.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#4 Jan 9, 2013
au contraire wrote:
Liberals just keep making the trough bigger and bigger for the welfare crowd. soooooooooeeeeeee pig pig pig.
Farmers, including huge corporation farms, are part
of the "welfare crowd?"

Hundreds of thousands of conservative farmers in the red states
would be glad to debate that with you. And you would lose.

You are knee-jerk zanier than ever.

Since: Dec 07

Spring, TX

#5 Jan 9, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
Republicans have quietly maneuvered to prevent a House spending bill from chipping away at federal farm subsidies, instead forging ahead with much larger cuts to domestic and international food aid.
The GOP move will probably prevent up to $167 million in cuts in direct payments to farmers, including some of the nation's wealthiest.
Note to wsg's brain: defense firms, farmers and small-business owners get contracts, subsidies or loans. Yet the overwhelming majority of Republicans pay more than they receive. Meanwhile, rich land owners who are democrat pay little in taxes i.e. Ted Turner, Robert Redford and others because they have a pile of compost on their land and claim in tax returns to be "organic!"

BTB, the farmers in blue california are facing bankruptcy and their employees face 40% unemployment. DUH
Hypocrites......
Wall Street Government

Sebastian, FL

#6 Jan 9, 2013
Bluebonnets-Thistle wrote:
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Note to wsg's brain: defense firms, farmers and small-business owners get contracts, subsidies or loans. Yet the overwhelming majority of Republicans pay more than they receive. Meanwhile, rich land owners who are democrat pay little in taxes i.e. Ted Turner, Robert Redford and others because they have a pile of compost on their land and claim in tax returns to be "organic!"
BTB, the farmers in blue california are facing bankruptcy and their employees face 40% unemployment. DUH
Hypocrites......
Republicans are looking out for the corporate factory farms.

New Farm Subsidy Database Reveals Individuals Cashing Big Ag’s Federal Checks
Top ten recipients raked in $5.4 million in direct payments.

Direct payments, promoted as a safety net for working farm and ranch families, are in reality annual cash giveaways to the most profitable businesses in farm country. The average crop subsidy payment to the top ten recipients in 2009 was $542,172 apiece – about 10 times more than the average American earns annually. A total of 160 individuals ultimately collected payments through these 10 farm enterprises.

The recipient of the single biggest direct payment was Ratio Farms in Helena, Ark. EWG’s database identifies the 26 individuals who cashed in on the operation’s $874,666 in subsidy payments. Each one received about $33,600 in 2009 – barely $6,000 below USDA’s $40,000 limit on how much each “person” is eligible to receive annually.

Since the early 90s, EWG has worked to transform USDA’s current system of direct payments into a program that would actually target assistance to working farm and ranch families that need help to stay on the land, but until now the Big Ag subsidy lobby has blocked all attempts at meaningful reform. Now it is time to simply end direct payments, which are finally in the budget crosshairs as Congress works to reduce the federal deficit. Reformers, however, are still facing a full-court press from entrenched corporate agriculture interests, which want to replace the handouts with an expensive new entitlement to guarantee the business income of the very same highly profitable farm businesses that have long profited from direct payments.

“Forever Is Promised To No One”

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#7 Jan 10, 2013
Gary wrote:
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Farmers, including huge corporation farms, are part
of the "welfare crowd?"
Hundreds of thousands of conservative farmers in the red states
would be glad to debate that with you. And you would lose.
You are knee-jerk zanier than ever.
No they are not pookie. It's those flower pots on the window ledges in Detroit that are getting the farm subsidies. Farmers don't need a welfare check.

“Forever Is Promised To No One”

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#8 Jan 10, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
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Republicans are looking out for the corporate factory farms.
New Farm Subsidy Database Reveals Individuals Cashing Big Ag’s Federal Checks
Top ten recipients raked in $5.4 million in direct payments.
Direct payments, promoted as a safety net for working farm and ranch families, are in reality annual cash giveaways to the most profitable businesses in farm country. The average crop subsidy payment to the top ten recipients in 2009 was $542,172 apiece – about 10 times more than the average American earns annually. A total of 160 individuals ultimately collected payments through these 10 farm enterprises.
The recipient of the single biggest direct payment was Ratio Farms in Helena, Ark. EWG’s database identifies the 26 individuals who cashed in on the operation’s $874,666 in subsidy payments. Each one received about $33,600 in 2009 – barely $6,000 below USDA’s $40,000 limit on how much each “person” is eligible to receive annually.
Since the early 90s, EWG has worked to transform USDA’s current system of direct payments into a program that would actually target assistance to working farm and ranch families that need help to stay on the land, but until now the Big Ag subsidy lobby has blocked all attempts at meaningful reform. Now it is time to simply end direct payments, which are finally in the budget crosshairs as Congress works to reduce the federal deficit. Reformers, however, are still facing a full-court press from entrenched corporate agriculture interests, which want to replace the handouts with an expensive new entitlement to guarantee the business income of the very same highly profitable farm businesses that have long profited from direct payments.
It's Obama's fault.

“Forever Is Promised To No One”

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#9 Jan 10, 2013
Wall Street Government wrote:
Republicans have quietly maneuvered to prevent a House spending bill from chipping away at federal farm subsidies, instead forging ahead with much larger cuts to domestic and international food aid.
The GOP move will probably prevent up to $167 million in cuts in direct payments to farmers, including some of the nation's wealthiest.
Record welfare payments is what they are chipping away from. Protect your EBT card loser, it's all you leeches have for a claim to fame.

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