Monday, May 19, 2008

Your Congress at work...

... with your hard-earned tax dollars: the revolting farm bill already passed in the House and now making its way through the Senate, appropriating $300 billion for, for example, those ridiculous ethanol subsidies - you remember those from yesterday, no? But it's also for outright corruption, like paying farm price supports to people who happen to own arable land, don't farm it, and live somewhere else. And remember the evils of corn syrup? This bill adds to domestic sugar subsidies: so watch your food prices go up.

Although Bush's motives are suspect - he failed to veto a single spending bill when the Republicans controlled Congress - he will apparently do the right thing and veto this monstrosity, even though many congressional Republicans are supporting it. It will probably pass with a veto-proof majority in the Senate, as it did in the House. Perhaps Congress can be shamed into not overriding Bush's veto, but don't count on it.

The DC Examiner excoriates the bill here, and the Washington Post casts its skeptical eye. And don't miss these charming little items.

It makes McCain's upcoming campaign easier, though. As we pointed out earlier this year, he merely needs to run against Congress. Oh yeah, McCain needs to vote against this thing too, and he did. Clinton and Obama did not.

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