ABC news and it’s program, Good Morning America, is covering a story that we’ve heard before — members of Congress have received farm subsidies. The news report specifically focuses on Tea Party candidates that have benefitted from the gov’t money. SD Rep Kristi Noem’s picture was part of the story but in the GMA edition she didn’t get named — although in the transcript it does highlight the subsidies received by Noem — to be fair it was received not just by her personally but the entire farm operation owned by her family.
One of the House members who was on camera, Rep Marlin Stutzman, R-IN, said he favored eliminating all farm subsidies
Stutzman told ABC News that he is in favor of eliminating farm subsidies, including his own.
“Yes, I would vote to eliminate farm subsidies. It manipulates the market,” he said. “And that’s the problem here in Washington: The adult conversation, I think, has to be, ‘no.'”
According the ABC report, that could equal more than $16 billion…not just chump change.
So what would be the impact of eliminating farm subsidies on South Dakota and it’s agricultural base? If Johnson, Thune or Noem voted to cut or eliminate the subsidies would that be the end of their elected career?