15 Jun '11, 11pm

House GOP saves farm subsidies at last minute. Cuts hunger programs & food safety instead:

House GOP saves farm subsidies at last minute. Cuts hunger programs & food safety instead:

We're sow tired of Republican politicking. Photo: woodleywonderworks To read The Washington Post is to believe that farm subsidies are at long last headed for the chopping block . Reporter Philip Rucker offers as evidence the example of Rep. Tim Huelskamp, freshman Republican from Kansas, who has gone before his constituents explaining how subsidy cuts are real, are happening, and shouldn't be shied away from: "Everybody needs to share," Rep. Tim Huelskamp told a few dozen townspeople sitting patiently on the hard wooden benches of the Graham County Courthouse. "If you're a farmer like me, you're going to expect less. Something's going to go away. The direct payments are going to go away." Huelskamp is referring to the much-maligned "direct payment" subsidies which farmers, even wealthy ones, receive based on a fixed formula regardless of whether a crop has been planted in...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-06-15-farm-pork-subsid...

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