Election unlikely to change US farm s...

Election unlikely to change US farm subsidies

There are 17 comments on the The Boston Globe story from Oct 15, 2010, titled Election unlikely to change US farm subsidies. In it, The Boston Globe reports that:

Republicans might take control of Congress as they ride a wave of voter anger over deficit spending and big government, but experts who follow agriculture say they don't expect deep cuts in subsidies to farmers who grow crops such as corn and soybeans.

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Bronx, NY

#1 Oct 15, 2010
Here is another matter that has not received much attention;


May God bless and have mercy on us.

Scottsdale, AZ

#2 Oct 15, 2010
We will see. Republicans need to cut spending across the board to regain thier credibility, even if their favorite programs take a hit.

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Apopka, FL

#3 Oct 15, 2010
YouHelpFixIt wrote:
We will see. Republicans need to cut spending across the board to regain thier credibility, even if their favorite programs take a hit.
Obama claimed that "across the board cutting was a sledge hammer approach when you really needed a scalpel."
So to prove it, he increased wasteful spending by about $3 Trillion.

No one said the Aloof Goof was smart or had any experience but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Ha Ha Ha!

“President DOWNGRADE..Ha Ha Ha!”

Since: Sep 09

Apopka, FL

#4 Oct 15, 2010
Seriously, across the board cuts are the only was to take the intense lobbying out of it. A simple percentage will do BUT MOST IMPORTANT are the Entitlements & GSE's.

They are the Beasts that are really killing us.

So much so that Obama even promoted one of their best Lobbyist, Donilon, to National Security Adviser! As everyone is choking, Obama says, Take that America!

Ocala, FL

#5 Oct 15, 2010
If politicians are really interested in cutting costs, they need a symbolic start to the process. Farm subsidies would be a good place to start along with cuts to the White House budget that would force odummy to layoff all of his czars and a roll back of Michelle odummy's budget to 2006 levels. That move would force her to pass on trips to Spain and the use of 60 hotel rooms in that country's most expensive hotel.

Madison, WI

#6 Oct 15, 2010
Doesn't matter who you vote for, and your squishy douchebag ranting about Obama is just that. Go buy some Chinese crap from wal-mart, get another high fructose anus burger from McD's, drive your mexican made 'american' suv back to your pvc coated hovel & continue to vomit on Topix. Blame it on Rio? No I blame it on you. Addlepate.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#8 Oct 15, 2010
Earmarks from Obama's past come back

Obama Wants $1.25 B to Compensate up to 66,000 African American Farmers

Claims USDA Discrimination in 1981-96; Census Says African American Farmers Peaked at 33,000 in Those Years

Thursday, October 14, 2010
By Nicholas Ballasy

( CNSNews.com )- President Barack Obama is requesting $1.15 billion from Congress—to add to a $100-million earmark he pushed through Congress in 2008 when he was a senator—to create a $1.25 billion federal fund to settle discrimination claims by what the Justice Department says is 66,000 African Americans who “farmed or attempted to farm” and were allegedly the victims of discrimination committed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during the period from Jan. 1, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1996.

During that 16-year period, however, the number of African American farm operators in the United States peaked at 33,000 in 1982, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 1992, says the Census Bureau, the number of African American farmers had fallen as low as 19,000.


United States

#9 Oct 15, 2010
From: http://www.topix.com/forum/us/politics/T50ESI...

100 stimulus projects that give taxpayers the blues

Some examples noted in the release:

*$554,763 for the Forest Service to replace windows in a closed visitor center at Mount St. Helens
*$762,372 to create “Dance Draw” interactive dance software
*$62 million for a tunnel to nowhere in Pittsburg, PA that even Governor, Ed Rendell called “a tragic mistake”
*$1.9 million for international ant research
*$1.8 million for a road project that is threatening a pastor’s home

*****$308 million for a joint clean energy venture with…BP*****

*$89,298 to replace a new sidewalk that leads to a ditch in Boynton, OK
*$3.8 million for a “streetscaping” project that has reduced traffic and caused a business to fire two employees
*$16 million to help Boeing to clean up an environmental mess it created in 2007
*$200,000 to help Siberian communities lobby Russian policy makers
*$39.7 million to upgrade the statehouse and political offices in Topeka, Kansas
*$760,000 to Georgia Tech to study improvised music
*$700,000 to study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity
*$193,956 to study voter perceptions of the economic stimulus
*$363,760 to help NIH promote the positive impacts of stimulus projects
*$456,663 to study the circulation of Neptune’s atmosphere
*$529,648 to study the effects of local populations on the environment…in the Himalayas


38. Reducing Menopausal Hot Flashes Through Yoga (Winston-Salem, NC)-$294,958

1n 1966, His Holiness Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj created the practice of Integral Yoga,272 a branch of yoga with a significant spiritual emphasis. Now, researchers at Wake Forest University have received nearly $300,000 to study whether Integral Yoga “can be an effective method to reduce the frequency and/or severity of hot flashes” in menopausal women.273 “The goal of Integral Yoga, and the birthright of every individual, is to realize the spiritual unity behind all the diversities in the entire creation and to live harmoniously as members of one universal family.”274 A total of 60 post-menopausal women who experience more than seven hot flashes a day are being recruited to participate.


United States

#10 Oct 15, 2010
[continued, Part 2 of 4...]

From: http://www.topix.com/forum/us/politics/T50ESI...

Was it all sent to the unions?

The Obama administration has spent $217 billion in economic stimulus funds as of the end of November, 2009. A new report issued Tuesday by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), the ranking Republican on the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, concluded that $7 billion was wasted or mismanaged.

Here's a list of 100 head scratchers ...

1.“Almost Empty” Mall Awarded Energy Grant ($5 million)
2. Renovations for Federal Building as Expensive as New Building ($133 million)
3. DTV Advertising Agency Generates Three Jobs ($5.9 million)
4. Research to Develop Supersonic Corporate Jets ($4.7 Million)
5. Water Pipeline to a Money-Losing Golf Course ($2.2 million)
6. Police Boat Gets High-Tech Upgrade Even As Force May be Downsized ($190,000)
7. Program to Control Home Appliances From a Remote Location ($787,250)
8. 18-Mile Tourist Rail Extended ($2 million)
9. Dinner Cruise Company Gets Terrorism Prevention Money ($943,190)
10. Hanford Nuclear Site Gets Billions for Failed Cleanup Effort ($1.9 billion)
11. All Aboard The Wine Train!($54 million)
12. Broadband Map That May be Obsolete by the Time It’s Complete ($350 million)
13. Grant to Fund Search for Fossils ... In Argentina ($1.57 million)
14. Anti-Capitalist, Socially-Conscious Puppet Shows ($100,000)
15. Trail to Minnesota Twins Baseball Stadium ($484,572)
16. Inspector General Questions New Anti-Gunrunning Teams ($10 million)
17. Buffalo Residents Paid to Keep Daily Journal of Malt Liquor and Marijuana Use ($389,357)
18. Oklahoma River Cruise Boats Get Transportation Funding ($1.8 million)
19. Government Spends Money on Salaries and Overhead ($186 million)
20. Repaved Georgia Road ... Getting Repaved Again ($88,000)
21. Little-Used Bridge for Beachgoers Gets a Paint Job ($3.1 million)
22. Federal Building With Uncertain Future Gets Huge Makeover ($117 million)
23. Studying the Icelandic Arctic Environment in the Viking Age ($94,902)
24. Bobber the Water Safety Dog Costumes ($21,116)
25. Shakespearean Festivals ($225,000)
26.“Clown” Theatrical Production ($25,000)


United States

#11 Oct 15, 2010
[continued, Part 3 of 4...]

How's your job, home or 401k?

30. Money for Exit Polling……in Africa ($233,825)
31. Contemporary Art Sculpture: A Series of Giant Tubes ($13,000)
32. Surf and Squat Rest Stop in Texas ($13.8 million)
33. Study on "Hookup" Behavior of Female College Coeds ($219,000)
34. Developing the Next Generation of Football Gloves ($150,000)
35. Study of Wildflowers in a Ghost Town ($448,995)
36. Jazz Festivals ($400,000)
37. Another Golf Course Gets Recycled Water ($831,700)
38. Recovering Crab Pots Lost At Sea ($700,000)
39. New Hampshire Buys Buses It Doesn’t Need ($2 million)
40. Martini Bar and Brazilian Steak House Remodeling ($100,000)
41. Stimulus-Funded Workers with No Work ($3.2 million)
42. States Spend Big Bucks on Stimulus Highway Signs ($1.3 million)
43. Highway “Beautified” by Fish Art
44. Fish Food ($50 million)
45. Museum Dedicated to “Man’s Relationship With the Horse”($1.2 million)
46. Pennsylvania Police Department Purchases Two Horses ($40,000)
47. College Students Visit Costa Rica for Summer Studies ($564,635)
48. Pennsylvania Paves Bike Lane on Deteriorating Local Road ($2 million)
49. California Gets Money to Upgrade Computer System ... Twice ($60 million)
50. Arizona Ants Work While Some Arizonans Remain Unemployed ($950,000)
51. Study On Why Young Men Do Not Like Condoms ($221,355)
52. Firm with Tax Fraud, Pollution History Wins Road Contract ($21.8 million)
53. Agency with Habit of Losing Pricey Equipment Gets Funds for Major IT Upgrade ($85 million)
54. Arkansas Teachers to Attend Education Conference ($413,124


United States

#12 Oct 15, 2010
[continued, Part 4 of 4...]

Yet more democRAT "stimulus" PORK....

Gee is it any shock that our economy is in the dump?

55. Firm under Criminal Investigation Awarded Construction Contract ($6.4 million)
56. Homeland Security Funds Assist Boat Tours of Alcatraz ($50,783)
57. Money for Companies with a History of Environmental or Workplace Safety Penalties ($54 million)
58.“Math and Literacy Coaches” for North Carolina Teachers ($4.4 million)
59. OSU Professor to Study Alaska Native Grandparents ($1.1 million)
60. Town of 838 to Renovate Old Hotel into a Welcome Center ($300,000)
61. Methamphetamines and the Female Rat Sex Drive ...($30,000)
62.... Study on Mice and Alcohol ($8,408)
63. Locals Plan Bridge Funding, Feds Insist on Paying ($5 million)
64. Wastewater Treatment Center with “Talking Water Gardens”($8 million)
65. Obsolete Bridge Converted to Bike Path ($5.6 million)
66. Youth Summer Jobs Program Fails to Put Kids to Work ($1.2 billion)
67. Colorado Climbing Gym Gets Renewable Energy Grant for Solar Panels <#> ($157,800)
68. Colorado Dragon Boat Festival ($10,000)
69. Low-Priority Airports Get Money from FAA ($272 million)
70. Storytelling Festival in Utah ($15,000)
71. Beautification of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip ($1.1 million)
72. Half of Stimulus Contracts Not Competitively Bid
73. Hollywood Entertainment Museum ($20,000)
74. Controversial Helicopter Program Gets Stimulus Boost ($20,000)
75. Contracts Awarded to Firms Suspended for Suspected Fraud ($30 million)
76. Amtrak Loses $32 Per Passenger, Rewarded with Windfall ($1.3 billion)
77. Fire Station without Firefighters ($2 million)
78. Low Priority Waste Water Projects Getting Stimulus Funds ($47.8 million)
79. Money for Lighthouse Repairs on Uninhabited Island (Nearly $1.5 million)
80. College with Teachers “Unqualified to Teach in Their Fields” Receive Millions ($31.3 million)
81. Brooklyn Slumlord Gets Share of Stimulus Funds ($270,000)
82. Protecting against Carpet Beetles ($187,632)
83. Indiana Sending Half of Weatherization Funds to Politically Active Builders Group ($66 million)
84. Pedestrian Bridge Few Will Use ($80,000)
85. Town Doesn’t Know What to Do With Money ($25,000)
86. Dance Troupe to Weatherize Homes in Washington, D.C.($935,000)
87. SBA Loan Program Expects 60 Percent Default Rate ($255 million)
88. Removing Lead Paint from a Pedestrian Bridge ($3.5 million)
89. School District Splurges on iPod Touches ($75,129)
90. Global Warming Field Trip to Copenhagen for 11 Students ($49,818)
91. Audit Finds Abuse of Tax Credit Program ($504 million)
92. Ohio Town to Turn Railroad Crossings into “Quiet Zone”($800,000)
93. Pennsylvania Winery Uses Stimulus Funds to Help Pay for Building Already under Construction ($25,000)
94. Abandoned “Eyesore” Train Station to Get Green Renovation ($1.8 million)
95. Despite Delays and Overruns, Space Telescope Gets Boost ($65 million)
96. Museum Receives Geothermal Grant after Hosting Stimulus Signing Ceremony ($2.6 million)
97. Money to Airport Authority Cited for Having Problems Managing Federal Money ($9.6 million)
98. Bureaucratic Bungling Slows Homeless Prevention Grants in Nevada ($4.1 million)
99. Learning to Cooperate by Observing Birds ($90,000)
100. Climate-Controlled Water Taxis Get New Home ($750,000)


Portland, OR

#14 Oct 15, 2010
the Messiah wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama claimed that "across the board cutting was a sledge hammer approach when you really needed a scalpel."
So to prove it, he increased wasteful spending by about $3 Trillion.
No one said the Aloof Goof was smart or had any experience but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Ha Ha Ha!
Maybe Obama confuses a 'scalpel' for a 'bucket'?

Or a 'shovel'.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#16 Oct 15, 2010
Subsidies is another term for welfare check.

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Oct 15, 2010
I guess the republicunts don't want to talk about the fact that the GOP will never cut agricultural subsidies. They love corporate welfare. But look over there, Obama is black!!!!!
short trus micro bus

Claremore, OK

#18 Oct 15, 2010
farmers are getting fat , just as politicans who own large tracks of land
drink THE hive

Orlando, FL

#19 Oct 15, 2010
Don't Lock The Door(Just In Case)

Fort Madison, IA

#21 Oct 18, 2010
I am not a farmer so I can't actually speak to what one would get in subsidy payments. But living in a rural communitie I do hear a lot about the high cost of fuel, fertilizer, and feed for livestock.

Yea, I do see that many are getting wealthy and it does make one wonder why they are getting subsidized for growing corn, beans, and other row crops. The answer I can come up with is that it helps keep the cost of groceries on the food store shelf down so the average wage earner can afford to buy food. Agricultural product prices are based by what the market is paying on a particular day and hopefully it is more that the cost of growing the grain or raising the beef or hogs. If not then the subsidies helps the farmer stay afloat for another year.

So I wonder what most car manufacturers would do if every car that was produced had to rely on payment for that vehicle by what the market was willing to pay for said vehicle and hopefully you made a profit on said vehicle. If not they would close their doors in a hearbeat.

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