Walter Russell Mead: Should House Republicans Be on Suicide Watch? | Via Meadia blog
July 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Every Arkansas Republican in Congress should be held accountable.
Should House Republicans be put on suicide watch?
Many, Via Meadia included, had hoped that the rise of a Republican majority focused on deficit reduction in the House would be the catalyst to finally cut farm subsidies—one of the country’s most wasteful and ill conceived programs. At a time when annual farm income has reached a record $101 billion, such subsidies are clearly unnecessary.
Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case. The New York Times reports that the House Agriculture Committee’s new farm bill aims to cut food stamps by more than $12 billion while actually adding new subsidies to agribusiness: