Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

80% Of Trillion Dollar 'Farm Bill' Spent On Food Stamps, Not Farmers, Senator Say
CNS News ^ | 7/20/12 | David James

Posted on 07/20/2012 12:49:51 PM PDT by Nachum

About Us Resources Send Tips Donate RSS

CNSNews.TV On the Spot On the Scene The Schein OTJ Golden Hookah

80% Of Trillion Dollar 'Farm Bill' Spent On Food Stamps, Not Farmers, Senator Says By David James July 20, 2012 Subscribe to David James's posts

Last night, radio host Mark Levin interviewed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) about the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture agreement with the government of Mexico to “help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” which includes the US food stamp program.

Sen. Sessions explained that the funding for this program came from a “farm bill” in 2002, which allocated $800 billion over 10 years for the entire US food stamp program – meaning that 80 percent of this trillion dollar “farm bill” program is spend on food stamps, leaving only 20 percent to go to farmers.

Sessions also noted that the requirement, which allowed only US citizens to acquire food stamps, was eliminated in 2002, under President George Bush:

Levin: “Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama, I have a question. I don’t mean to put you on the spot, I honestly don’t know. I mean, are- what is a Mexican national? And why are they eligible for food stamps when they come into this country?”

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: alabama; bill; dollar; farm; farmbill; foodstamps; mexico; trillion
Hey, it's only money
1 posted on 07/20/2012 12:49:59 PM PDT by Nachum
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


2 posted on 07/20/2012 12:51:57 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

Sessions also noted that the requirement, which allowed only US citizens to acquire food stamps, was eliminated in 2002, under President George Bush:


Just dandy.


3 posted on 07/20/2012 12:53:30 PM PDT by rbg81
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

USDA is providing the “bread.”

and Hollywood is providing the “circuses”

We are soooo screwed!


4 posted on 07/20/2012 1:11:34 PM PDT by PGR88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Sessions also noted that the requirement, which allowed only US citizens to acquire food stamps, was eliminated in 2002, under President George Bush

I'm certainly not a cheerleader for W, but this comment seems a bit disingenuous.

Unless Bush personally wrote the legislation, Congress is the one responsible for writing, debating and then passing the ginormous bill that this provision was included in.

Perhaps Republicans in Congress should have put up more of a fuss when they wrote and passed the bill.

Bush may bear some responsibility for not vetoing the whole bill because of this one measure, but Constitutionally, it is Congress' responsibility to write good law and the President's to enforce it.


5 posted on 07/20/2012 1:12:12 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Well of course, and guess which senator had the most influence on the Department of Agriculture over the past 20 years or more.

Yep, you guessed it, Senator Richard Lugar, and most famous RINO in Indiana politics.

6 posted on 07/20/2012 1:17:16 PM PDT by ducttape45
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

“80% Of Trillion Dollar ‘Farm Bill’ Spent On Food Stamps, Not Farmers, Senator Say”

And when the food stamps are spent, a big chunk of that money ends up in the farmers pockets - so the farmers benefit handsomely from food stamps.

And I’m sure they lobby hard to make that program as big as possible.


7 posted on 07/20/2012 1:36:52 PM PDT by aquila48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chrisser
... Congress is the one responsible for writing, debating and then passing the ginormous bill that this provision was included in.

Indeed. Bills might contain hundreds, if not thousands of different items. There's no line item veto, so you sometimes accede to unwanted things to get what's needed.

I wish each bill dealt with one item only, no more than two pages long. Vote up or down, then accept or veto as warranted, but that will never happen.

8 posted on 07/20/2012 1:44:30 PM PDT by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
Levin: “Look, I - senator, I don’t understand how in 2002, with a Republican President, how we lift the citizenship requirement and now nationals from other countries qualify for food stamps. This is how these programs go nuts.”

Actually, it's easy to understand how in 2002 the citizenship requirement was lifted from the food stamp program. Just recall who the Republican president was in 2002, the champion of the illegal aliens and amnesty, George W. Bush.

9 posted on 07/20/2012 1:55:55 PM PDT by Will88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum
80% Of Trillion Dollar 'Farm Bill' Spent On Food Stamps, Not Farmers, Senator Say
Nice try Senator but food stamps are issued by the Dept. of Agriculture and are a farm(er) subsidy.
10 posted on 07/20/2012 1:58:22 PM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chrisser

Bush was/is an amnesty supporter. I guess he figured that the illegals will become US citizens someday so why not treat them like that now. Bush was even worse than Clinton when it came to enforcing our immigration laws. Obama is Bush on steroids when it comes to immigration.


11 posted on 07/20/2012 2:09:26 PM PDT by kabar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

.. and folks wonder why God allows so much death, destruction, disease and drought on so many that pursue democracy. just sending a message?

as it was in the days of old, so it is now.. OPM. the manna of the Left


12 posted on 07/20/2012 2:38:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

A Big Giant thanks to George W.Bush and Barack Obama, two marxist,New World Order proponents,for this monstrosity. sarc.


13 posted on 07/20/2012 4:33:13 PM PDT by mark1973
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

Simple - folks take the cash option from their EBT cards, go to the casino, drink beer, which is made of grain, which is grown by farmers.

See? /s


14 posted on 07/20/2012 4:40:38 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Nachum

It’s hopeless..Obama has bought all the stupid votes which out number republicans.. its over


15 posted on 07/20/2012 5:42:19 PM PDT by dalebert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ducttape45; chrisser

This was the doing of then chairman of the Senate Ag committee, the open borders Socialist Tom Harkin, and his staff director Mark Halverson. Lugar was the ranking member. A Confederacy of Squishes.


16 posted on 07/20/2012 9:25:17 PM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: aquila48

Farmer end up with maybe 10-15% of dollars spent on food. “Ya could look it up!”


17 posted on 07/20/2012 9:31:36 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: rbg81; Nachum

“Sessions also noted that the requirement, which allowed only US citizens to acquire food stamps, was eliminated in 2002, under President George Bush”


Just dandy.”

Is it me, or do skeletons keep falling out of W’s closet ? Medicare Part D, TARP, Benedict Roberts, the light bulb ban, and now this.

I’ll always be thankful for the job Bush did on the War on Terror, but crap like this is unforgivable in my book.


18 posted on 07/20/2012 9:45:00 PM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (The Doomsday Clock is at 11:59:00......tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jjotto

“Farmer end up with maybe 10-15% of dollars spent on food.”

Whatever % they make is beside the point (and fixed). The important point is their volume goes up.


19 posted on 07/20/2012 11:03:18 PM PDT by aquila48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]


Thanks Nachum.

It's the Obamacare, stupid!

If deficits are an issue *Obamacare is THE issue, not compact fluorescent bulbs, not ethanol
One-half gallon of oil in the form of pesticides per bushel of corn would cost $2 to $3 per bushel. If this were true -- and it clearly isn't -- it should be enough to illustrate to literally anyone that the price of petroleum is quite literally the ONLY thing driving corn prices. And this idiotic piece of agitprop -- from a hydrogen "energy" advocacy site -- also shows the guy in the encounter suit spraying chemical fertilizer, a sight that I've never been privileged to see, what with me *growing up on a farm*.

Hydrogen Advocacy Group Anti-Ethanol Agitprop

20 posted on 07/21/2012 2:15:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Nachum

Farming without subsidies? Some lessons from New Zealand
http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/features/0303/newzealand_subsidies.shtml

Output and net incomes for the New Zealand dairy industry are higher now than before subsidies ended—and the cost of milk production is among the lowest in the world.

“Life After Subsidies”
http://www.fedfarm.org.nz/f1051,130378/130378_Life_after_subsidies_-_the_New_Zealand_experience.pdf


21 posted on 08/10/2012 7:31:18 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson