The president when he signed this new ‘farm bill’, praised it for the help to ‘farmers’ and creation of jobs and very nicely left out the part about cutting food aid to the poor-SNAP. The reality is that even though they changed the wordings, they did nothing to stop the enormous aid that goes to the large agriculture farm or very wealthy farmers. In fact 20 of those ‘rich farmers’ will benefit from this latest farm bill and they will benefit in a big way- shouldn’t that be considered corruption- to vote to cut aid to the poor and at the same time voting to ensure that your ‘subsidies’ are not touched and in fact they were raised?

It should be apparent now to everyone how corrupted and owned by corporate interests our government really is. Yes their were those in congress (very few, but one was from my state) that voted against this and brought up the fact that it nothing to change the fact that more than one person in those ‘wealthy farms’ could be granted a subsidy. It did open up hemp to be researched in 6 state universities and it did delete the harmful Monsanto gmo protection bill. Yet It added to subsidies almost what was taken from SNAP.

What really sucks about this, is that the money going to subsidies and farm crop insurance, does nothing for our economy, but the absence of those SNAP dollars will harm our economy. It will cause a loss of jobs as the grocers that depend on food stamp usage will have to cut back on employees and will have less revenue to send in taxes.

Austerity and cutting of all safety nets and refusing to raise min wage or continue extended unemployment will have the desired effect (it must be on purpose) of sinking our economy and leading to the possibility of another deep recession. The compounding of all these cuts since November is already starting to slow down our economy. Just read where Wal-Mart is complaining that because of the cuts in November and now with the UI also ending for millions, that means less people have the money that is needed to even grocery shop. This is only the start as it can and will spiral downwards as more and more people have not the needed money to meet even basic needs.

What is so sad is how so many in our country actually believe it’s a good idea to stop aid to the poor and working poor and the elderly and disabled and that it will save our country money. That is not how it works. It actually costs money as for every dollar of safety net money- it always comes back as more than was given and that is an aid to our economy and now that extra will not be there.  You know what is really sad about all this is the fact that for a person say making 50 thousand a year-  their share of taxes for SNAP is only 38 dollars and yet for all the subsidies to corporations and agriculture comes to over 4 thousand dollars— Do you get that?  Only 38 for a whole year for SNAP to help the poor and yet the subsidies for the already bloated corporations is 4 thousand dollars-  I don’t know about you, but I would much rather it was the other way around.

We live in the worlds wealthiest country and the president said with a smile, what a good deal for the American people this new farm bill is. Somehow that almost seems evil…… The poor aren’t our enemy, the enemy is the government that is owned by the few and soon we will be the United Corporations of America- and our only hope of changing that is by voting this coming election and vote like your life depends on it, because it does. 




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