Lawmakers rush to finish farm bill extension

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ChicagoFats wrote:

Here’s my public comment: get the government out of the dairy business and let the market work. This isn’t petroleum we’re talking about. It’ll be a few years before milk production becomes prohibitively expensive through resource shortage. By that time we’ll be farming yeast.

Dec 29, 2012 12:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:

Direct payments to dairy and tobacco farmers is as close as US gets to a communist planned economy: the USDA directly determines how much milk is produced and tobacco is grown. If we let this communistic planned economy feature lapse, and paid needy families an increased amount to purchase milk, like happens in the WIC program for infants and expectant moms, we could eliminate this dysfunctional feature of farm policies which directly supports farmers in red states screaming about Democrats being communists. Farmers are the direct beneficiaries of government subsidies and massive consumers subsidies specifically for their products, basically guaranteeing their success on both ends……like communists. But St. Rick told us the GOP would never attract the smart people, much better to be ignorant than a snob and go to college. If communistic price supports were eliminated, capitalism would dictate that the price of milk would go lower as suppliers rush in to meet the demand. I am sick of the stupid GOPers railing against government programs while spending most of their time feeding at the public trough: bankers, farmers, red state voters. At least get out of the way so we can fix the systems that keeps you very, very well fed.
And the fact that all of this is happening last minute proves the GOP House has been on a sick out all year, pathetic, stupid bunch of miscreants. We should haul back their pay for non-performance.

Dec 29, 2012 6:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

“But a year-long extension would probably mean another round of the direct subsidies to farmers that cost about $5 billion a year and that both sides of debate had agreed earlier to eliminate.”

End the subsidies. If milk goes to $8 a gallon we will just not buy milk. Everyone complains about the $10 billion in subsidies to our coal, oil, and gas companies, lets stop giving out money to everyone and balance the budget.

Dec 29, 2012 2:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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