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Farm Bill Fiasco

Big Ag’s big subsidies.

Jul 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 43 • By ANDREW MOYLAN
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Republican leaders will claim that this bill takes a small step in the direction of reform, since large steps aren’t possible. But that simply isn’t true. Reform would have meant limiting crop insurance subsidies, particularly for rich farmers, and not adding expensive new entitlements like “shallow loss.” Then the House could have pursued a food stamp bill with a similar eye to reforms to trim costs while preserving the safety net.

Republicans resent the caricature that they lavish support on the rich and care little for the poor. They need look no further than the latest farm bill vote to see why the label is so enduring.

Andrew Moylan is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C.

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