A Pork Stuffed Farm Bill and the Tyranny of Big Corn
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Tom Pyle to discuss the farm bills working through Congress, the pork stuffed farm bill working its way through Congress, why green energy isn’t as green as it sounds and how ethanol is driving your food prices up and your car’s gas mileage down.
Read More »
Turns Out We’re Not Going to Get Farm Bill Reform After All
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Scott Lincicome to discuss changes to the Farm Bill in the House, why the SNAP program was merged back into the larger bill, and how subsidies make your food more expensive.
Read More »
Congressman Bob Goodlatte: We Need More Transparency in NSA Programs
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Congressman Bob Goodlatte to discuss how Congress can develop better oversight on NSA programs, the trouble with the farm bill and if the House can draft an immigration bill that many Republicans can support.
Read More »
We Can’t Even Pass Good Bills Anymore
Over the past few months, I’ve been advocating for a proactive strategy on immigration. It would be great for conservatives to go on offense and highlight Obama’s callous disregard for the rule of law. They should pass enforcement bills and block funding for Obama’s amnesty programs in budget bills. Unfortunately, because we are not blessed with control over the levers of power, any attempt to | Read More »
House Conservatives Beware the New Whipping Strategy
Over the past few years, the number of conservatives in the House has grown exponentially. Well, at least to the extent that you can’t count them on your fingers. Unfortunately, House conservatives are about to become a victim of their own successes if they fail to change course. In a sane world, Republicans would have more leverage than the Democrats over the legislative process. They | Read More »
The New Farm Bill is a Disaster
As I noted this morning, when GOP leadership is forced to offer us a handful of concessions on policy, they take from us two handfuls. Today’s farm bill, which is being touted as a conservative bill because it separated out food stamps, is a textbook example of this paradigm. It will create permanent Soviet-style federal control of farm policy. Conservatives have long advocated three reforms | Read More »
Why We Need New Leadership
Many conservatives are placing false hopes in the GOP-controlled House to do the right thing on policy issues. They are being fooled by some superficial concessions leadership has made to conservatives on some of these issues, misplacing their actions for sincere motivations. We are seeing this both with the farm/food stamp bill and the amnesty bill. Conservatives won a major legislative victory last month when | Read More »
House to split off food stamps from farm bill.
“Elections have consequences.” That phrase isn’t always a knell of doom, by the way: House Republican leaders have decided to drop food stamps from the farm bill and are whipping the farm-only portion of the bill for a vote that will likely come this week, according to a GOP leadership aide. The nutrition portion of the bill would be dealt with later. The Rules Committee | Read More »
The Power of a Primary Challenge
Conservatives are aghast at the actions of 15 GOP senators who are hell-bent on passing immigration deform despite the thousands of calls that are flooding into their offices. It is truly bewildering how they are putting the desires of illegal immigrants and foreign lobbies over the vast majority of Americans, especially Republican and Independent voters. Ultimately, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. These scoundrels | Read More »
A Roundup of Farm Bill Votes
As promised, here is a review of some of the major amendments offered during debate over the farm bill in the House. You can click here to see the color-coded spreadsheet of how each Republican voted on the amendments and final passage. The bill failed 195-234 with 62 Republicans voting no. Here is a synopsis of some of the major amendments with the vote tallies: | Read More »
The Path Forward on the Farm Bill
Today, GOP leadership suffered a stunning defeat as 62 Republicans voted against the 5-year farm bill (H.R. 1947), which locks in the record baseline of food stamp spending and creates multiple new agriculture subsidy programs. A handful of them voted against it because it cut too much spending, and others like Bill Shuster voted no because they are facing potential primary challenges (Shuster voted for | Read More »
The Status Quo is Eminently Better Than Bad Legislation
Earlier today, Speaker Boehner announced that he will bring the farm bill to the floor and personally vote for it. This is a sharp departure from his previous statements railing against the Soviet-style subsidies and productions quotas for sugar and dairy farming. Hence, he is caving on one of the few issues for which he has always shown intrepid conviction. There’s a new platitude that | Read More »
The Latest on the Farm Bill
Today, the Senate will invoke cloture on the 5-year farm bill, S. 954. The 1150-page Senate bill costs $955 billion over 10 years and creates a new shallow loss program covering up to 90% of a farmer’s income – on the taxpayer dime. Roughly 80% of the cost is related to food stamps. For good measure, this bill contains sugar subsidies, biofuels subsidies, and conservation | Read More »
Stalin’s Five-Year Plan Reincarnated
With farm incomes on the rise in recent years, what is Big Ag supposed to do? How can they justify more subsidies? Well, for one thing, they can spend more time demanding an endless flow of cheap labor to which they can pay below market wages. But that would require the passage of an amnesty bill, something that many House members are not excited to | Read More »
The Coming of the Perpetual Milk Cliff
Only in Washington could they concoct a scheme in which we are forced to increase spending on market-distorting subsidy programs lest we suffer the pain of further market distortions through government price controls. Yet, that is the case with the so-called dairy cliff that would have been crossed had Congress not passed an extension of the current farm bill. Last year, conservatives successfully blocked the | Read More »