…and DaTechGuy on Da Farm Bill

In my last post I told you all about my visit to the Rota farm in Sterling MA where you can buy everything from fresh blueberries, veggies their own beef and ice cream made right on the premises. It’s a family farm at it’s best.

Last week however I was on a conference call with Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio 4th) who told me about the new Farm bill coming up in congress. That “farm” experience wasn’t nearly as pleasant.

When I was at Rota Farm, I saw produce, I saw animals, I saw ice cream made right there. In other words a FARM.

On last weeks conference call however Congressman Jordan told us that 80% of the money allocated in the new Farm Bill was going for…wait for it…food stamps.

Now maybe it’s just me but when I think “Farm” I imagine a place like Rota Farm, not food stamps.

No word if it includes more funds money for Spanish Language novells encouraging people to get on the programs even working:

“In one of these, an individual tries to convince a friend to enroll in food stamps even though that friend declares: ‘I don’t need anyone’s help. My husband earns enough to take care of us,’” says GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, describing the novelas. “The first individual replies back: ‘When are you going to learn?’

And the other twenty percent? Apparently subsidies that are available to farmers making up to 3/4 of a million dollars.

What’s even more amazing is that $750,000 is $200,000 less that the senate version of the bill.

The saddest things about the entire business. This bill is advancing in a GOP majority house, tea party caucus not withstanding.

If you’ve wondered why groups like the Franklin Center, American Commitment, Freedom Works and the Tea Party matter now and will STILL matter after the GOP victory in the fall…now you know.

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