In which Nancy Pelosi claims to reform the farm bill but does the opposite.

July 22, 2007 at 7:59 pm (environment, injustice, politics, stupidity) (, , , )

Nancy Pelosi, I am sorely disappointed.

Very recently, Pelosi passed up a chance to improve the problematic and harmful food and farm bill. It looks as though taxpayers will have to keep paying millions to those that need it least, benefit U.S. citizens the least, and cause the most destruction to our land and food system.

From Treehugger:

Perhaps Pelosi’s most infuriating remark was her statement that the bill would help “promote our family’s farmers.” If she believes continuing to dispense seven-figure checks to some of this country’s richest farmers and granting huge subsidies to only a handful of crops will accomplish that, she certainly has a strange conception of “promotion.”

In justifying this bill’s odious provisions, Pelosi likes to claim that implementing any real reform would’ve cost freshman rural Democrats their next elections. This is patently false: as poll after poll has shown, farmers and Americans living in rural communities actually want these payment limits.

Fortunately, we need not yet abandon all pretense of hope for meaningful reform as we still await the Senate’s consideration of the farm bill and the eventually reconciliation that must take place between the two. And while Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) has vowed to lead a rebellion to amend the bill, the fact that the farm bill is being rushed to the House floor July 26 (meaning that all amendments need to be delivered to the Rules Committee by July 24) will make his prospects for success dim.

Grrrr.

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1 Comment

  1. criminyjicket said,

    our governor, Mitch Daniels, is a former Bush administration employee. We now have at least a dozen of these ethanol refining boondoggles springing up across the state. Never mind that without subsidies they make no viable product. This just proves that big business and special interest money firmly controls both sides of the aisle in congress.

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