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Provisions Do Not Exceed Losses

The Center for Rural Affairs opposed passage of the new farm bill because it commits the federal government to subsidizing the destruction of family farming for another five years and invests little in the future of rural communities.

A Call with the White House!

I do believe I've hit the pinnacle of my profession. Yesterday I got an email inviting me to participate in a "White House Farm Bill Bloggers Conference Call". Evidently, they haven't read the many blog posts we've posted in direct conflict with stated White House positions, and seem to think that we'll just be on board with whatever they say since we support the upcoming White House veto. Even though I suspect participation could put me under surveillance for decades, when El Presidente needs me, I'm there.

Veto This Farm Bill

In a couple of days a farm bill will likely pass in Congress. There are some wins such as funding for beginning farmers, money for a rural microenterprise program, and money for the Conservation Stewardship Program. We're grateful for those investments, and they will do some real good if this farm bill becomes law.

Mom, Apple Pie, and a Farm Bill Veto

Ah, 1956. Just mention any year in the 50s and it conjures up days of prosperity and civility in political discourse. In 1956 America was booming (thank you unions!), the GI Bill was fueling a wave of prosperity, and the words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance. Jack Kennedy was still somewhere in Congress, and you could turn on your brand-spanking-new color TV to watch good, wholesome programs on weekdays and hit the drive-in on weekends. Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, and Elvis Presley was on Ed Sullivan for the first time.

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