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Thursday 11/14/13

Others Fill Void in Farm Bill Conference Talks
Conferees on the farm bill met Oct. 30. Do you remember that? There were all these Kumbaya statements. That was now more than two weeks ago. The House and Senate conferees haven't set a full meeting since then. Meanwhile, people continue to push their demands.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:41PM CST 11/14/13 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (5)
Chris - you are forgetting about those billions in crop insurance subsidies again. There may be only a few billionaires getting millions in crop insurance subsidies , but obviously there are still nearly countless millionaires getting millions if not billions in crop insurance subsidies. The schemes and scams have morphed from direct payments to crop insurance subsidies.
Posted by Sally Benson at 5:46PM CST 11/14/13
Sally, SO WHAT to your comment. Crop Insurance Subsidy or should we say a "discount". It is not a check written to them. Billionaires/Millionaires pay the same rate as all others. What is a Millionaire? You do understand that the term millionaire does not stand for income, it refers to net worth. A farmer in the "I" states could own or inherit a small 1/4 section of land and now be considered a millionaire. Don't use those terms to lightly.
Posted by Glenn BRANDS at 7:35AM CST 11/15/13
Sally hit the nail on the head. The crop insurance subsidies to both agents and millionaire farmers like me are indefensible. Not only do they cost taxpayers billions but they guarantee profits for millionaires. SNAP is a joke but at least the folks receiving the benefit have some need. Try exlplaining the crop insurance subsidies and guaranteed profits to your buddies who work in town earning 35000 per year and see how much sympathy you get. Chris, can you give me one honest reason why crop insurance subsidies are needed other than for votes and kickbacks from wealthy farmers???
Posted by Bill Billson at 8:20AM CST 11/15/13
Any farmer able to generate a million dollar income or with a million dollar net worth already has proven to the taxpayer that he or she already has in possession a more than adequate safety net and certainly should not be fleecing and begging the taxpayer for a larger safety net.
Posted by Sally Benson at 10:34AM CST 11/15/13
For decades now congress has been awarding the largest and potentially most profitable farm businesses with extreme financial benefits that not only guarantee these farmers' crop investments but have in cases have also guaranteed these farmers a profit. This mindless allocation of government resources has effectively thrown smaller farmers under the bus and has been a major force in destroying countless rural communities by effectively stealing from these smaller farmers a fair and equal opportunity to compete.
Posted by Sally Benson at 6:20AM CST 11/18/13
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