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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Campaign Coleman and Klobuchar to Stop Status Quo Ag Bill

From the 8/13/07 issue of National Review comes this paragraph by Stephen Spruiell, lamenting the agriculture subsidy bill being debated in the House of Representatives, which as written will simply continue the failed policies currently in place:

To an outsider, this looks like insanity. The U.S. is running a deficit; farm incomes are at record highs; a coalition of environmentalists has united in opposition to the program because it encourages overproduction and wears down the land; small farmers don’t like it because 90 percent of the benefits go to a handful of large farming operations; and, finally, the World Trade Organization has ruled that the current system violates international trade agreements, paving the way for other nations to impose retaliatory sanctions on our exporters. The current round of international trade talks has collapsed over this issue.

Mr. Spruiell's assessment suggests the main hope for reform may lie in the Senate, where Dick Lugar supports slowly eliminating direct payments (paying farmers whether they farm or not) and Tom Harkin has called for a more "balanced, reform-minded" bill. So, fellow Minnesotans, do the right thing: pull your big bellies out of the slop trough and e-mail your Senators (Coleman and Klobuchar) to tell them you don't want farm subsidies anymore.

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