I will admit that I was disappointed with Kristi Noem’s statement about the new farm bill currently being drafted.
Rep. Kristi Noem thinks fellow House conservatives will go along with a new farm bill even though it continues subsidies to growers and cuts spending less than even the Obama administration proposed.
“At the end of the day, I think conservatives will get on board, recognizing the importance of generating a safe and reliable food supply,” said Noem
What is wrong with that sentence? Conservatives and other elected officials shouldn’t have to go along. During the primary and the general, Noem frequently stated the following.
“The portion that most people question is the direct payments, and I believe that every farmer and rancher would tell you they would prefer to have less government intervention into their business in exchange for less government payments,”
Noem should then take that belief and attempt to implement policies more acceptable to conservative members of the House rather than encourage her colleagues to follow a status quo in which Government picks winners and losers in a key industry.
The Argus Leader story highlighted a couple of additional points that trouble me even more and highlight exactly those procedures many of us think are worst in current government practices.
The lawmakers now are working behind closed doors to write a farm bill that would put the cuts into effect while creating a new subsidy program for grain producers.
The lawmakers are looking to insert the bill into a deficit-reduction plan that a congressional supercommittee is developing because that would insulate the farm legislation from further cuts. The House and Senate will have to take an up or down vote on the deficit plan and cannot alter individual components, including farm subsidies.
Issues: 1) We do not need a new subsidy program for grain producers, and 2) if the bill was actually worth passing, it would be acceptable to a majority in congress on its own merits. It wouldn’t need to be inserted into part of the super committee’s deficit reduction plan.