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2009/2/26-3/5 [Politics/Domestic/California, Politics/Domestic/Election] UID:52650 Activity:nil
2/26    "Fiscal conservatives" like Saxby Chambliss predictably uninterested
        in Obama's proposal to curtail ag subsidies:
        http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/26/lawmakers-hit-obama-proposal-to-cut-farm-aid
2017/10/23 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular
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washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/26/lawmakers-hit-obama-proposal-to-cut-farm-aid -> washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/26/lawmakers-hit-obama-proposal-to-cut-farm-aid/
President Obama's plan to cut farm subsidies, dealing a blow to one of the cost-savings promises he laid out in his congressional address Tuesday night. "We'll have to see what specifically the president is talking about, but we just finished the farm bill last year, and I don't think we'll open it up," said Rep. Collin C Peterson, Minnesota Democrat and chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Likewise, the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, said the farm bill, which lasts for five years, "should not be changed midstream." "I believe it is premature to make any sweeping changes to the makeup of the farm safety net before we have even had the chance to implement the current farm bill," said Sen. The pushback came a day after Mr Obama called for cutting subsidies to farm businesses in his address to Congress, one of a few examples of how he can save $2 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years, and as other Democratic leaders took issue with what they see as White House moves into their domain. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada in no uncertain terms defended the right of lawmakers to direct federal dollars, or earmarks, to their districts despite the efforts by Mr Obama to curb the time-honored practice as he puts the finishing touches on his first fiscal budget to be released Thursday. "Since we've been a country, we have had the obligation, as a Congress, to help direct spending. We cannot let spending be done by a bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucrats buried in this town someplace, to take care the needs of the state of Nevada, Washington and New York." Mr Reid acknowledged that the earmark process had been "abused" in recent years. 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Every congress person that votes an affirmative to an earmark should be removed from office! sikologik This spending bill is a huge opportunity for Obama to define himself in his presidency. If he is for real, he will push back on the pork, using to power of the veto if necessary. Failure to stop the pork now will have dire consequences for him going forward. Barack Obama may not have been put in the Oval Office by the federal lobbying branch, but all of congress sure was, and what we're seeing now is congress pushing back on Obama's attempts to stop the lobby in its tracks. bob C suesc: No I don't know any farmers with $300,000 rugs, but I bet there are a few agribusiness executives that do. Which is the point: We are not subsidizing good sustainable farms and rural economies - we are subsidizing agribusiness. This has everything to do with the health (in all senses of the word) of our communities. bob C These agribusiness/food monopoly subsides are destroying rural America - take a drive through Kansas or Nebraska - total monocultural wastelands. These monopolies are mining the soil and local populations and giving little back. There is not one single serious thinker on rural development that thinks that the Farm Bill was a good thing for rural America. The reason that it's law is obvious - large, monied interests have corrupted our congress. Jaeger "We are a separate branch of government," Mr Reid said. "Since we've been a country, we have had the obligation, as a Congress, to help direct spending." Reid, your budgetary responsibilities are not just "directing spending" (aka pork barrel spending) --- you've got a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that America stays fiscally solvent, something that you and Speaker Pelosi care nothing about. 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