by The Daily Republic
October 4, 2012 at 12:43 am in The Daily Republic
The U.S. House of Representatives was unable or unwilling to butter the softest piece of legislative toast before them, the 2012 Farm Bill. Continue Reading
Tags: Agriculture, farm bill, Opinion, updates 1 Comment »
The Farm Bill should not contain items for welfare, energy, broadband, housing, etc. and everything should stand on its own in any future bills to better control costs and eliminate the special interests and self-serving items being added. Farmers should not have their needs controlled by Food Stamps or other items and battles regarding help for a separate entity. The other side is SNAP should not be dependent upon Farmers needs and those battles.
The Senate Farm Bill should NOT be passed with this section still added: SEC. 12211. DEFINITION OF RURAL AREA FOR PURPOSES OF THE HOUSING ACT OF 1949 would increase the pool of recipients and increased rural community population requirement to 35,000. This population level would be a small City not a true rural community. Changing the Census date to 2020 insures those who have already received fair share of benefits over past years and now self-sufficient to continue receiving such benefits. The purpose of rural programs is to help very small struggling communities grow and become self-sufficient, not to become a Welfare System for self-sufficient communities who have already received past benefits wanting more.
This section in the Senate Farm Bill and also in other bills such as House Bill H.R. 273 is Legislative Back Scratching just for the purpose of continuing to feed funding to self sufficient city governments. Given the U.S. current deficit and debt how does increasing the pool of recipients by adding those who have already had their fair share in the past being greedy and wanting more, serve the best interest of true rural communities? Some communities are struggling to survive. We have rural communities in our country with no proper water and sanitation that are truly rural and are the ones who are supposed to be receiving the assistance. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/rural-poverty-minorities_n_1829911.html
Please let your legislators know that any new Farm Bill should just represent Farmers to provide proper Food Supply for our Citizens and insure farmers have access to proper insurance same as any other business. We need to start eliminating the trash from legislation and get our deficit under control.
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