The so-called “farm” bill, which doesn’t have much at all to do with farms, passed the Senate this week. Now it moves on to the House of Representatives, where Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said he will vote for it.
Among other questionable provisions in the costly bill, more than 80 percent of the spending goes to food stamps, not farmers. It spends half again as much as the last farm bill, passed in 2008. It even taxes Christmas tree and rocks!
So why would anyone approve of this bloated trillion-dollar proposal?
For some time now, The Heritage Foundation has been highlighting the this bill and how it does not do what most people think it does.
Heritage’s Amy Payne puts it plainly: “Let’s be honest. This isn’t a ‘farm’ bill. It’s a food stamps-and-whatever-else-Congress-can-throw-in bill.”
Do you think the farm bill is a good idea as it stands? Or should Congress reconsider?