The king the farm and hidden treasure
This morning as I was drinking my tea and looking out at the anemic February sunlight streaming through the trees, I considered how that sunlight mirrored our representatives current actions in Washington. Though still fighting off what I have come to believe is walking pneumonia, my daily companion the radio has aggravated me enough to write this short posting in hopes of expelling the disease from my body and one can even pray….Washington.
I had hoped that it was the fever or a drug induced delusion but a number of times I overheard on various sound bites obama repeating what surely must be his new mantra, “if congress will not work with me then I will just have to act alone”. Meaning of course we can fully expect many more unilateral executive orders. I am wondering why we need a congress at all if he can bypass the Senate and Congress….why not just crown him king.
However Congress and the Senate did end up agreeing with the President on the Farm bill and it was quickly signed into law by obama on Friday the 7th at Michigan State University, where he touted his hard work to get it passed. Standing in front of a tractor, the President said the bill “lifts up our rural communities” and give them “a shot at opportunity” in the future.
Besides the fact that the government printing office will have to work overtime to print the $956 billion the Farm bill will cost taxpayers most of that money is not going to the farmers. 80% of the money will go directly to SNAP the (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or as I know it food stamps. The ‘Farm Bill’ in fact eliminates direct payments to farmers and creates a new subsidy called ‘crop insurance’. Not having anything against farmers and in these times of droughts, massive rain storms and crop failures I think giving our farmers basically an insurance policy on weather their crops will survive and make it to market is ‘common sense’.
But when 80% of the money for this ‘Farm Bill’
is going to food stamp recipients and to those who run that program
why isn’t it called the ‘Food Stamp Bill’?
….and could someone please enplane to me
why this bill includes an increase in the tax on home heating oil?
Or is this tax just another example of how our representatives
try to hide what they don’t want us to know?