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Stephen Green

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July 11, 2013 - 5:57 am

After last month’s big pork fail, a new approach:

House Republican leaders are taking a risky step as they try to bring a massive farm bill back to the floor, dropping food stamps from the legislation in the face of Democratic opposition.

The farm bill historically has been a vehicle for both oodles of farm subsidies and billions of dollars worth of food stamps. Twinning the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities. But after the bill failed in the House last month, Republican leaders are trying a different approach.

How about this for an approach: Quit treating Archer-Daniels-Midland like a welfare case and maybe the economy can grow enough to get people off of food stamps.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Why were food stamps included in the farm bill to begin with? I get that it is "traditionally" done that way but it doesn't make sense. All bills should address a single item. Pass or fail a bill on the merits at hand. I don't like this business of congressmen claiming that they were against so and so but voted for the bill because it included funding for women and orphans or whatever.
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>> How about this for an approach: Quit treating Archer-Daniels-Midland like a welfare case and maybe the economy can grow enough to get people off of food stamps.

Amen to that. And the federal dollars trickle down to high prices for corn and high farm land prices, which are grossly inflated as with the housing bubble.
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