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Friday, January 31, 2014

The $1T EBT Bill: national encouragement of sloth, idleness, and envy

$800 BILLION for the national encouragement of sloth, idleness, and envy. 

This is not a Farm Bill, this is an EBT Card Bill, and we're expected to keep paying it.

From the Heritage Foundation:
  • No Separation:  The farm bill is really the “food stamp bill.”  About 80 percent of the farm bill spending is devoted to food stamps.  Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Senator Thad Cochran (R–MS), explained the farm bill politics well when he argued that the farm bill should include food stamps “purely from a political perspective” since “it helps get the farm bill passed.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The House showed leadership by including a provision in its farm bill that would reauthorize farm programs and food stamps for different periods of time to ensure that these programs would at least be considered on different schedules in the future.   This would allow both programs to be considered on their own merits, making real reform a possibility and helping to take politics out of the farm bill and replacing it with the interests of the American people.   In a shocking move, the House gave up this important common sense reform that has wide support.   The public overwhelmingly supports separation. There is diverse support for separation in the media, from The Washington Post to The Wall Street Journal. Representative Marlin Stutzman (R–IN) led a group of 27 House members who sent a letter to the farm bill conferees expressing strong support for separation. 
  • House Caves on Food Stamp Spending. Food stamp spending has quadrupled since FY 2000 and doubled since 2008. The House bill would have reduced spending by about $39 billion, while the Senate would have reduced spending by only $4 billion. The reported “compromise” is about $8 billion, which is $31 billion less (80 percent less) than what the House sought. 
  • Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility Loophole Is Ignored. This problematic policy, put in place in 2000 and pushed heavily by the Obama administration, allows food stamp recipients to enroll in the program even if they have $1 million in the bank.  Food stamp recipients could have an unlimited amount of assets, but if their income is low enough, they could still receive food stamps. Congress had the opportunity to eliminate this policy, which would have resulted in $12 billion in savings over a decade, but chose instead to turn a blind eye to it.
  • No Real Work Requirement.  Congress had the opportunity to implement a strong work requirement, putting food stamps on course to promote self-sufficiency for able-bodied adults. But the work provision in the bill is nothing more than a mere work “suggestion.” A strong work requirement is the most crucial reform for food stamps, but Congress has failed to include such a policy.
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  • Virtually Unlimited Taxpayer Liability. There are two new programs that have been added to replace direct payments, one of which covers even minor losses for farmers.  The potential costs of these programs could skyrocket based on even modest changes in commodity prices.  This is why the House bill had a price ceiling, or cost cap, limiting the exposure that taxpayers would have to pay out for these unknown and costly programs.  The new bill doesn’t appear to have such a cost cap—basically, taxpayers are faced with a blank check while farmers are being covered for virtually any risk.

How do you like that, readers?  Just as I have been telling you: there is really only one party in the Federal Government, with two heads.  Both of them want more and more and more dependency on government, and both are willing to use as much tyranny and currency debasement as necessary to enforce more dependency.

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