Yeah, because McCain is all about pork

Saxby must have spent too much time at the Capitol Hill Club while the scotch was flowing.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he’s warned President Bush that vetoing the farm bill could hurt presumptive GOP nominee John McCain in reliably Republican states this fall.

“If they get turned off by Republicans it’s going to make it tough for John to get those votes,” the Georgia Republican told reporters following a speech to the state party’s annual convention on Friday.

I think if you substitute the words “John McCain” for “Saxby Chambliss” you’ll have a better sense of what he means.

Amazing how we can import Brazilian ethanol for a heck of a lot cheaper that we make corn based ethanol, but the farm industry has been able to get massive import tariffs so the imported ethanol is priced out. And frankly, there are plenty of other resources from which we can make ethanol without driving up the price of basic foodstuffs.

There is bipartisan retardation when it comes to ethanol issues.


  1. John Konop says:

    This situation shows why the system is broken. Lobbyist money changers in Washington are driving policy via buying off both sides. As I said I will give Tom Price credit for speaking out against this bill.

    We must put aside partisan politics and go after any lawmaker who sells us out! Also if we disagree with people in the past and they do the right thing we must support them standing up and doing the right thing!

    I will not vote for SAXBY! Anyone that votes for SAXBY has no room to complain about the 9 trillion dollar debt and growing.

  2. CHelf says:

    The sad thing about this is that this was known to the GOP back in 2002. His House record showed the same thing. He was the self-proclaimed designer of the Farm Bill back then. Why did the GOP still pick him?

  3. John Konop says:



    Dr. Coburn Rejects $300 Billion Giveaway to Bureaucrats and Lobbyists Masked as a Farm Bill
    House, Senate Remove Coburn Amendments Behind Closed Doors

    May 15, 2008

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today after voting against the Farm Bill. The bill was passed by 81-15 and will likely be vetoed by the President.

    “As food and gas prices reach record highs and families are feeling the strain on their budgets, this bill does nothing to help improve the quality of life for farmers and hard-working families. Rather, this bill gives billions to huge conglomerates, special interest groups and inefficient nutrition programs. Congress has put their elections and parochial interests ahead of traditional farmers and middle class families,” Dr. Coburn said.

    The final version of the legislation expands subsidies to many non-essential crops such as strawberries and other fruits and vegetables, increases sugar costs by $2 billion annually for taxpayers and does nothing to remove wasteful, duplicative and unnecessary programs at the already bloated United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The bill also does little to address payments to deceased farmers and limit subsidies to non-farming land owners.

    “After more than a year of negotiations on the Farm Bill, Congress has produced a bill that is bad for American agriculture, consumers and taxpayers. It is clear that elected leaders in Washington have lost sight of what this bill means to so many making an honest living providing food for our nation. Congress has put the priorities of special interest non-farm lobbyists over the long-term interests of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. This is not a farm bill. It is a nutrition/social programs bill, with a few farm programs thrown in,” said Dr. Coburn.

    Coburn amendments that were eliminated behind closed doors include:

    • A provision Coburn offered was removed that prohibited federal funds for the construction of the water garden (a “gift” from China), and required an annual report that would detail costs of operating the Arboretum.
    • Coburn’s provision prohibiting payments to farmers who have been deceased for more than two years was removed.
    • Coburn’s amendment that would have kept non-farming land owners from receiving subsidies and grants, leaving more scarce dollars for real farmers and ranchers.
    • Coburn’s amendment to require GAO to study and report on federal hunger programs effectiveness measurements for several overlapping and duplicative programs and grants.

    Examples of waste and misplaced priorities within the bill include:

    · $170 million to be distributed to commercial and recreational members of the fishing communities affected by the salmon fishery failure in the States of California, Oregon, and Washington.
    · $2.5 billion for “specialty crops” which include: strawberries, blueberries, grapes for wine, citrus fruits, figs, herbs, pistachios and 100 other “specialty crops.”
    · The bill extends and enhances support for domestic sugar and sugar beet monopolies.
    · The bill increases spending for duplicative and inefficient nutrition programs by over $10 billion.
    · The ethanol subsidies and import tariffs are extended when food prices are skyrocketing.
    · The Nature Conservancy will be the beneficiary of $250 million in taxpayer funds for the purchase of property in Montana and protecting “native fish habitat.”
    · The bill will give grants to local governments, non-profits and tribes to “acquire private forest land” that may be threatened by development which could infringe on private property rights.
    · “Such sums” as necessary for historic barn preservation.
    · Does nothing to address the fact that the USDA, if a private company, would be the 6th largest in the United States.
    · Funds necessary for Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network.
    · $3.75 million for the University of the District of Columbia to upgrade agriculture and food science facilities.
    · $15 million market loss assistance for asparagus growers resulting from imports during the 2004-2007 crop years.
    · $50 million for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (a two person office) in Washington, DC.

  4. bowersville says:

    You know folks, I’m not an alarmist nor a believer in the black helicopters are coming for us, but has anybody bothered to google such things as: bio warfare lab 257, plum island, lab 257, nbaf lab.

    Several states have rejected this lab that Saxby is justifying as his reason for voting affirmative on this bill. Find out what he voted for.

    Maybe it’s coming to Athens, who knows?

  5. Technocrat says:

    The CBI allows Brazilian ethanol to be off loaded in Caribbean and reloaded on the same ship to delete the import duty by just lying on paper work.

    “But Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) member states may export ethanol produced from at least 50 percent agricultural feedstock to the U.S. free of duty. If the local feedstock content is lower, limitations apply on the quantity of duty-free ethanol imports—the greater of 60 million gallons or 7 percent of the U.S. domestic ethanol market.”…………………per country!

    “Competition for ethanol is emerging quickly in the global market. As Japan prepares to mandate three percent ethanol content for its gasoline, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation announced a deal to provide Brazil’s Petrobras with $8 billion to increase its production of ethanol. As a result, Japan is projected to absorb close to 90 percent of Brazil’s exports”

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