Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:26 am
Paul Krugman is one of those whose depth of knowledge on the economy is so great that I seldom find myself in disagreement with him. Once again, he did not disappoint, as he explained the Republican position on the Farm Bill, and the extreme level of hypocrisy therein.
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:02 am
I too agree with Paul Krugman – though I would say that the glee of the sadistic Repuglicons has been evident for decades – it is just getting stronger and stronger as the Kool-Aid they drink rots their brains! They make me despair of humanity – then I think of what Desmond Tutu said about there being a dozen unsung good deeds for every bad deed and think of those of us on Care2 trying to help others and straighten my back and carry on.
(Surely the Repuglicons are the repulsive Sheriff of Nottingham and all his horrible cohorts?)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:04 am
Haven't read it yet, but...
I've known for years that the Republicans use the Food Stamp section of the Farm Bill hostage to get the Corporate subsidizing of corn, soy, cotton, etc., for the factory farming (including of animals) and food dumping done on other countries to bring them down.
But the truth is that Food Stamps is another kind of subsidy for big corporations such as Wal-Mart who sell the crap food that gets made from killer commodity subsidies.
Oh, and then the Big Pharma medicines to "fix" the poor after eating filler food with no nutrition.
Somehow we have to break the subsidies to commodities... which in many ways is just a big-a** way to keep Monsanto in business making chemicals to spray willy-nilly all over to kill everything (including us).
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:08 am
Maybe the republicans will get what they want. All the small farmers will sell out to factory farms. There will not be any stretch of clean land or wilderness left. All the wild animals will be dead. The national and state parks will close. There will be nothing left except income property and urban sprawl. That's republican paradise.
I too often find I agree with Krugman and this is not an exception. I do not see farm subsidies as doing what they were once intended. If we are to continue farm subsidies than shouldn't they be adjusted to fit the same criteria now that were designed for? We the taxpayers do not wish to have our tax money supporting the likes of Monsanto, Cargill and ConAg. Family farmers that are working to keep the food natural and healthy and sometimes face destruction by weather catastrophe, yes. Corporate entities gobbling up the world, no.
It always bothers me when people in Congress, those who do not lack for food, begin these campaigns against the weakest members of society. These folks do not have a voice in Congress.
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:04 am
I think Paul Krugman the smartest economist in this country. He is absolutely on target with his views on what should happen with our economy and why he is not part of the Cabinet is unfathomable apart from the raging the Senate republicans would muster at his confirmation hearings. He makes so much sense and in such sensible ways I can understand why republicans hate him, he exposes their avarice and anti-Americanism (for that IS what it is) at every turn and their willingness to do only the toadying for their 1%er masters. This is a man too important to be left on the outside commenting on the affairs of the state, he needs to be formulating policies for the state. I hope our next President is wise enough to understand that.
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 12:44 pm
I find myself getting fussier and fussier at the grocery store - Big Ag does not need or deserve subsidies so they can continue to make us poor and sick. As for the thieves and con men in Congress, I can only hope they sow what they reap and I'm still around to see it....
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:05 pm
And it is also okay to take people's money in order to wage war on a country that never attacked us and had no intention of doing so, and hype up terror threats so that we can continue spending people's money on wars that are 100% unnecessary.
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:20 pm
Or David.. rob or steal.. or break in cause they can't pay their way cause they have no money for food... for the basics.. Think about that too. Or.. they sleep on the side walk, in the woods or under ground .
Or they are mentally ill for whatever reason.. and roam the streets beggars.
Well David; that's why we disagree.. Oh maybe they are hard workers with very low pay with children or whatever.. LIFE is like a box of chocolates you; one never knows what they are going to get.
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:55 pm
"So House Republicans voted to maintain farm subsidies — at a higher level than either the Senate or the White House proposed — while completely eliminating food stamps from the bill."
What a crock! So farmers like Fincher will get a nice tidy farm subsidy amount, in addition to his Congressional pay. Gee, sounds like he's on the public dole! And the person working two minimum wage jobs with a child, who can't make ends meet, gets no assistance from SNAP!
I think that every member of the House and the Senate should be forced to live on food stamps for 1 month and keep a diary of what and how much they ate, where they bought their food, and how they feel. No meals out with lobbyists, constituents or anyone else. If they have to have a meeting, have a pine float and an apple! (pine float = glass of water with a toothpick). In other words, brown bag it.
Republicanus/Teabaggers are soulless, and certainly not Christian, despite what they claim.
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:52 pm
These are sad days in the USA. I agree with Mr. Krugman, but if those who pull the strings don't go along with his wise words, people starve. Will that make the Republicans happy when those forced to be born babies die in a few months from starvation?