Monday, October 22, 2007

Farm Subsidies survive another year

WaPo says farm subsidies survive almost universal opposition because the food stamp program is always a part of the bill...while I would fault their analysis a bit, it is a brilliant bit of taxpayer exploitation to tie food stamps to billions in corporate welfare. Government is institutionalized corruption.


Who would vote against a bill that helps 25 million people with emergency food aid every year and the 4 million who rely on food pantries and soup kitchens every week?

That is the quandary. There will be no deep reforms of farm policy as long as the welfare of the poor is tied to the welfare of corporate farmers. But hunger activists fear that the food stamp entitlement might disappear outside of the farm bill.