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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    We would then have to subsidize different types of foods that are healthier.
    No, we would simply provide a market when farmers guess wrong and produce too much for the market.

    Currently, a bumper crop can be financial ruin for growers as the laws of supply and demand bring prices too low to make a profit. The government could buy up the surplus and distribute it to the poor for a lot less than simply subsidizing whatever crops the lobbyists convince them to subsidize.
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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Fundamentally needed to prop up the US farm industry and protect it from foreign competition. However i do believe they need reform, not to be axed. I think we are subsidizing the wrong things. Instead of subsizing things that mostly lead to unhealthy and junk foods we need to subsize the other foods that are more healthy.
    'Protection from foreign competition' is not good for the consumer. This would appear to mean that not only will the consumer pay more for their goods but that the taxpayer will be paying extra as well.

    Small farms are having a difficult enough time to survive without the government subsidizing these huge corporations. Also many of these 'farms' produce nothing, yet are still subsidized by the taxpayer. Allowing the politicians to decide which foods should be subsidized will certainly benefit the lobbyists, if not the consumer.

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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Interesting thing about the "cut" in the farm bill: The bill's 10 year cost is 48% higher than the one passed in 2008.

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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    Interesting thing about the "cut" in the farm bill: The bill's 10 year cost is 48% higher than the one passed in 2008.
    You have to love those savings! And we are going to "save" money over 10 years...by spending it.
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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    Interesting thing about the "cut" in the farm bill: The bill's 10 year cost is 48% higher than the one passed in 2008.
    The farm bill claims it would save an estimated $24 billion over 10 years, though $28 billion is less than they spend in three days. Three days spread over 10 years gives them little to boast about. If it's even true.

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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Why should the federal government be in the business of subsidizing agriculture at all?
    We subsidize useless welfare queens, why not someone who actually works and contributes something for a change?
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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    We subsidize useless welfare queens, why not someone who actually works and contributes something for a change?
    or better yet, neither of the above?
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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    or better yet, neither of the above?
    Yeah, good luck getting the commicrats to go for that one.
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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Yeah, good luck getting the commicrats to go for that one.
    or the Marxublicans either.
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    Re: Lawmakers reach deal on farm bill

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    or better yet, neither of the above?
    The two are actually related. Farm Subsides, when originally created were a good thing. Maybe not in strict adherence to what a government should do, but a good thing. The were meant to stabilize price fluctuations and keep food affordable while at the same time stopping farmers from going broke.

    In the 80 or so years since their inception, God only knows what politicians have filed away under that heading. Are they needed today? Probably not, but hey, everyone likes cheap bread, milk and cheese.
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