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Things That Aren't Inevitable: The Farm Bill

Posted By Amy Payne On July 9, 2013 @ 6:42 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

Don’t you love it when the conventional wisdom gets turned on its head?

What was supposed to happen in Washington a couple of weeks ago—passing the pork-laden food stamp bill known as the “farm” bill—didn’t happen.

The special interests [1] expected it to happen. Most of official Washington expected it to happen. But Heritage and our allies made the case that food stamps and farm programs don’t belong together [2] in one big, fat bill.

Taxpayers deserve better. They deserve transparency about how their money is being spent—and bloated programs desperately need an overhaul.

Now, the House has a chance to get it right [3]—and splitting the actual farm-related programs from the food stamps is only the first step.

Breaking the farm programs and food stamps into two bills is a start—but then the House needs to start over. Why does the “farm” bill need a Christmas tree tax [4]? Why does it support driving up consumer food prices [4]?

>>> 7 Ugly Truths About the House Farm Bill [4]

The food stamp program has its own problems. As Heritage’s Elliot Gaiser points out, “Food stamp rolls have also been climbing for decades [5], regardless of the economic situation.” This program is supposed to help people get back on their feet, not steer them toward dependence on government.

>>> See 7 Reasons to Reform Food Stamps [5]

Want to hear from a fourth-generation farmer? At 11:30 a.m. ET today, Representative Marlin Stutzman (R), a farmer from Indiana, will speak at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing, which you can watch live here [6]. He will make the case for splitting farm programs and food stamps.

Read the Morning Bell and more en español every day at Heritage Libertad [7].

Quick Hits:

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URLs in this post:

[1] special interests: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/05/30/morning-bell-who-really-gets-farm-bill-money-infographic/

[2] food stamps and farm programs don’t belong together: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/05/17/food-stamps-and-farm-programs-some-things-just-dont-go-together/

[3] a chance to get it right: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/28/morning-bell-farm-bill-the-house-of-second-chances/

[4] Christmas tree tax: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/08/seven-ugly-truths-about-the-house-farm-bill/

[5] Food stamp rolls have also been climbing for decades: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/04/seven-reasons-to-reform-food-stamps/

[6] you can watch live here: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/07/08/a-fourth-generation-farmer-makes-his-case-for-breaking-up-the-farm-bill/

[7] Heritage Libertad: http://www.libertad.org/

[8] campaign for the immigration bill: http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/08/obama-plans-road-trip-to-push-immigration/

[9] a few things the Obama Administration didn’t want you to know about Obamacare: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/08/its-not-just-the-employer-mandate-three-obamacare-delays-you-havent-heard-about/?Post+generic=?tid=sm_twitter_washingtonpost

[10] More deaths: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/Mexican_police_chief_killed_with_rifle_lost_in_ATF_gun-tracking_program.html

[11] abortion bill: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/texas-abortion-debate-93819.html

[12] This American outlaw: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/one-growers-grapes-of-wrath/2013/07/07/ebebcfd8-e380-11e2-80eb-3145e2994a55_story.html

[13] more people receiving food aid from the U.S. government: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/101m-americans-get-food-aid-federal-gov-t-more-number-private-sector-workers

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