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Speaker Boehner: What’s “Free Market” About the Farm Bill?
Posted By Diane Katz On June 19, 2013 @ 6:30 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled
The latest House action on the $1 trillion farm bill comes straight from the playbook “Do as I Say, Not as I Do.”
House Speaker John Boehner  (R–OH) says: “I am a proud advocate for free markets and fair trade.”
Representative Frank Lucas  (R–OK), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, says: “I won passage of a conservative approach to federal agriculture programs…. It provides a free market-based safety net.”
Representative Collin Peterson  (D–MN), ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture, says: “I know we can balance the budget and reduce the deficit in a responsible way.”
But as endorsed by House leaders, among others, the subsidy-laden and welfare-loaded food stamp/farm bill  actually is the antithesis of “free markets and fair trade,” “conservative,” and “responsible.”
To wit, the legislation would:
This costly interference in the agriculture sector is all the more unwarranted given that farmers are pulling in record levels of income and carrying record-low levels of debt. Thus, the time is particularly ripe for meaningful reform that would resurrect farming as a free enterprise.
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URLs in this post:
 John Boehner: http://boehner.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=3899
 Frank Lucas: http://logancogop.com/category/u-s-rep-frank-lucas
 Collin Peterson: http://collinpeterson.house.gov/press-release/peterson-honored-supporting-bipartisan-fiscal-reform
 food stamp/farm bill: http://www.heritage.org/issues/agriculture/farm-bill
 to waive work requirements: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/09/19/food-stamp-participation-doubled-among-able-bodied-adults-after-obama-suspended-work-requirement/?ac=1
 crop insurance subsidies: http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2013/pdf/bg2815.pdf
 Christmas trees: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/04/obamas-christmas-tree-tax-is-back
 rocks: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/05/farm-bill-rock-n-roll
 wealthy: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/05/29/the-rich-and-famous-at-the-farm-bill-trough
 biofuels: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Biofuels.html
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