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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Farm Bill 2012: Crop Insurance and Disaster Aid: This is what Government Waste looks like



If you want to know what Federal Government Waste looks like and is, just look at any of the Federal Farm Bills that are passed. Where Wealthy and Corporate Farmers get subsidized essentially just for doing their jobs, producing food. This is another form of welfare but instead of helping Low Income and Low Skilled people, what Welfare Insurance has traditionally been for. This is Corporate Welfare subsidizing business's for making a lot of money. I don't have a problem with Welfare Insurance for Low Skilled and Low Income people who need assistance to become Self Sufficient in life, including temporary Financial Assistance. But these are the people it should be for, not for people who are already doing very well which is great. But they don't need assistance especially assistance thats funded by Tax Payers. Especially since we have a Federal Budget Deficit of 1.6T$ and Debt of 14T$ in an economy of 14T$. And Federal Agriculture Insurance represents around 40B$ a year in Pork Barrel Spending Pun Intended. If we are going to fund Agriculture Insurance in the Federal Government, then it should be a Self Financed and Self Sufficient program. That doesn't have to be funded out of General Revenue that the Federal Government would even have to manage. That would be Non Profit, that farmers would have the option to pay into or not but wouldn't be eligible for Agriculture Assistance from the Federal Government unless they pay for it. This would save the Federal Government 40B$ a year, as well as the Operating Costs of running the program. Savings that could be used to help pay down the Federal Deficit and Debt. It wouldn't get our deficit and debt under control on its own but would represent a big piece of a Deficit Reduction package on its own.

Again Welfare Insurance should be for the people who need it, Low Skilled and Low Income people can't survive without it. To help them get on their feet and become Self Sufficient. Welfare Insurance should not be for people who are already doing very well and survive very comfortably on their own.

Where is the President's Plan?: Its there Speaker Boehner doesn't see it



Actually I have news for Speaker Boehner, the President has a plan that he's basically written in the negotiations with the Congressional Leadership in both Parties and Chambers. And the House GOP Leadership has gotten much of what they wanted in the plan. Practically everything by cutting the overall size of the Federal Government and reforming the Entitlement Programs. But these are called negotiations for a reason, because multiple parties are involved. Both sides get what they want and both sides have to give into something that they don't want. For President Obama to sign on to a Debt Ceiling deal, he's going to have to get things in return, in exchange for what he's already given up. And what he's already given up so far in 2011 which is plenty. And for their to be any deal, the House GOP Leadership is going to have to accept Tax Increases on High Earners, both millionaires and billionaires. As well as strategic Defense Cuts in areas of defense that we don't need to be currently spending on or as much. Members of the House Tea Party Caucus have already agreed to the Defense Cuts and the Senate, both parties would go along for Defense Cuts as well. And there's a Bi Partisan block in the Senate thats ready to go along for Tax Hikes on High Earners. But what's holding this potential deal back right now, is the House Tea Party Caucus, that Speaker Boehner and Leader Eric Cantor would have to sell a final deal to. As well as the House Progressive Caucus, I don't believe the President, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Harry Reid will sign off on a final deal, that a majority of their caucus's would vote no on. That would cause huge problems for President Obama for the rest of 2011 and 2012 as he runs for reelection. I believe the final deal is there, the question is can the Congressional Leadership in both parties and in both chambers sell the deal to enough of its members. To make the deal seem okay and can the President sell the deal to the House and Senate Democratic Caucus's.

The final deal is already there and President Obama, Speaker Boehner and Leader Reid just aren't ready to announce it. Because Senate Minority Leader McConnell and House Minority Pelosi aren't behind it yet. Because the two Minority Leaders don't like the deal and none of the Leaders believe they can sell the final Debt Ceiling Package to their respective caucus's yet.

Click on the link of the blog to see a video of House Speaker John Boehner on Fox News