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    Want Spending Reduced? Support Cutting Your Favorite Government Program

    It’s time for citizens to hold elected officials accountable about spending – even if that means their favorite government-funded program gets axed. There’s no hint that Washington is starting to take our outrageous spending levels seriously. On the contrary, on Capitol Hill this week, lawmakers are preparing to vote in … More

    Three “Under the Radar” Issues in the Farm Bill Debate

    There are numerous issues in the current farm bill debate that may not receive the biggest headlines but are extremely important. Here are just three of those issues. 1. Catfish Inspection Program This program is a poster child for government waste and the type of special interest provisions that dominate … More

    8 Things to Watch for in the Farm Bill

    The House and Senate are working out differences between their farm bills. The following is a list of major questions to consider if the negotiators do come up with a farm bill (explained in this new report here): Will Congress continue to play politics with the farm bill by combining … More

    Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree

    Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right? The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. Its purpose would be “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.” And it would … More

    Farm Bill: Money for Nothin'… I Want My Subsidy

    The four principal farm bill negotiators have tentatively agreed on a framework for a new farm bill. A central aspect of this framework would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad. The House and Senate farm bills both eliminate a program called direct payments because it pays farmers who don’t … More

    Farm Bill Giveaways for Underwear, Flatulence, and Manure

    The House and Senate are struggling to negotiate terms of a new $1 trillion “farm” bill that would subsidize an array of commodities as well as regulate food stamps. Many of the agriculture giveaways are well known, including crop insurance, price supports, and conservation payments. But there are also some … More

    Proposed Cuts Would Barely Dent Massive Growth of Food Stamps

    Food stamp spending is at historic highs—it has doubled twice since 2000. Now some on Capitol Hill say the House is trying to make major cuts to the program, but they’re really making some much-needed policy reforms that would achieve modest savings. The House bill proposes a small 5 percent … More

    Parenting 101: Doling Out Farm Bill Subsidies to the “Kids”?

    The House and Senate farm bills would repeal the costly and indefensible direct payment program, which sends taxpayer dollars to people who don’t even plant a seed. But instead of just getting rid of direct payments, Congress has felt the need to add new programs that could be even costlier. … More

    Farm Bill Extension Would Be Better Than $1 Trillion Food Stamp/Subsidy Disaster

    Congress doesn’t have much time to work out a food stamp/farm bill this year. If no farm bill is passed, this wouldn’t be the end of the world. Just like it did last year, Congress can pass an extension. The House and Senate are trying to work out differences between … More

    Help Typhoon Victims by Making U.S. Food Aid More Flexible

    The New York Times reports that debate over the shape of a U.S. government program to help millions of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has “reignited a long-running argument in the United States—the world’s largest food aid donor—over how America supplies food in its $1.4 billion international food … More