Getting back to Georgia Politics…Saxby, Bush, & the Farm Bill

This week, the U.S. Senate is considering House Resolution 2419; the Farm bill, a bill that will “extend and revise agricultural and related programs respecting: (1) commodities; (2) sugar; (3) dairy; (4) conservation; (5) exports and trade assistance; (6) food stamps and nutrition; (7) agricultural credit; (8) rural development; (9) rural electrification; (10) agricultural research; (11) forestry; (12) energy; (13) specialty crops; and (14) livestock.”

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has called on his Senate colleagues to support the Farm bill saying that “Our entire Committee worked in a bipartisan fashion and to a large extent was able to accommodate the interests and priorities of almost every member of the Agriculture Committee. It is my sincere hope that the Senate will agree with our committee and support this farm bill that will strengthen the nation

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  1. Harry says:

    Source: The House recently passed another multibillion-dollar farm support
    bill. The Senate now has its own version under discussion.
    And we can probably expect that the compromise bill that passes
    will cost at least $286 billion, says Victor Davis Hanson, Professor of
    Classics Emeritus at California State University.

    These payouts are neither logical, nor moral, says Hanson:

    o The farm subsidy program currently in place pays out over $7
    billion directly to larger farmers for a few select crops like
    corn, cotton, rice, soy and wheat.

    o The bill pays nothing to most other — often smaller —
    farmers of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    o Yet the former group of farmers is hardly in more need of
    welfare than the latter; and soy or rice isn’t more critical
    to the American diet than fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Worse are the handouts producers of ethanol will receive, says Hanson,
    given that the fuel isn’t the panacea it’s made out to be:

    o Along with the energy consumed to make ethanol, the switch
    over to millions of acres to corn fuel production has already
    meant crop shortages and high returns to farmers, from cotton
    to wheat and soy.

    o If we really want ethanol to supplant gas, it would be far
    cheaper to let Brazil export us sugar-based ethanol without
    high tariffs.

    The $280 billion-plus farm bill is not the largest waste of federal
    funds, but it is the most unnecessary — and dishonest, says
    Hanson. We are running federal budget deficits — this year’s is
    about the size of the proposed multiyear farm bill — and are engaged
    in two costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and spending billions in
    anti-terrorist security at home. We don’t need to be giving away
    more billions to the affluent of an industry that, overall, is doing
    quite well.

    Source: Victor Davis Hanson, “Farm Subsidies: Welfare That Resists
    Reform,” Investor’s Business Daily, November 2, 2007, as quoted by NCPA

    The House recently passed another multibillion-dollar farm support
    bill. The Senate now has its own version under discussion.
    And we can probably expect that the compromise bill that passes
    will cost at least $286 billion, says Victor Davis Hanson, Professor of
    Classics Emeritus at California State University.

    These payouts are neither logical, nor moral, says Hanson:

    o The farm subsidy program currently in place pays out over $7
    billion directly to larger farmers for a few select crops like
    corn, cotton, rice, soy and wheat.

    o The bill pays nothing to most other — often smaller —
    farmers of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    o Yet the former group of farmers is hardly in more need of
    welfare than the latter; and soy or rice isn’t more critical
    to the American diet than fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Worse are the handouts producers of ethanol will receive, says Hanson,
    given that the fuel isn’t the panacea it’s made out to be:

    o Along with the energy consumed to make ethanol, the switch
    over to millions of acres to corn fuel production has already
    meant crop shortages and high returns to farmers, from cotton
    to wheat and soy.

    o If we really want ethanol to supplant gas, it would be far
    cheaper to let Brazil export us sugar-based ethanol without
    high tariffs.

    The $280 billion-plus farm bill is not the largest waste of federal
    funds, but it is the most unnecessary — and dishonest, says
    Hanson. We are running federal budget deficits — this year’s is
    about the size of the proposed multiyear farm bill — and are engaged
    in two costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and spending billions in
    anti-terrorist security at home. We don’t need to be giving away
    more billions to the affluent of an industry that, overall, is doing
    quite well.

  2. GeorgiaValues says:

    No AgJobs…

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Scott Gerber or

    Monday, November 05, 2007 Phil LaVelle, (202) 224-9629

    Statement of Senator Dianne Feinstein

    on her decision not to offer AgJOBS as an
    amendment to the Farm Bill

    Washington, DC

  3. CHelf says:

    The odd thing is that Saxby has criticised the previous Farm Bill but yet if I recall that previous one was his brainchild that he took sole credit for back in 2002. It and the whole concept of subsidies and corporate welfare were thrown in his face but yet it was his “crowning achievement” he used both in the Primary and General. So much for letting the market dictate. Odd how the free market capitalists within the GOP are in many cases the ones pushing this.

  4. Dawgfan says:

    It’s simple institutional politics. If Saxby wants any say in the bill he has to vote for it. If the President wants any leverage in the conference committee he has to threaten to veto it. For both of them principle and ideology have very little to do with it. It’s a Democrat bill. All Saxby(who by the way is faceing re-election) can do is get as much for Georgia as he can. I would bet all the President is really interested in is making sure Repubs get there fair share. I know that will drive some of you crazy, but like I said it’s a Democrat bill. All they are doing is playing the hand they were delt.

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