Sunday, December 10, 2017

"Farmers Shocked by Proposed AG Cuts" by their own Republican politicians.

The biggest enemy against Wisconsin's 4 major economic driving forces; parks, clean drinking water, recreational camping, and hunting, is Republican Rep. Tom Tiffany, who said recently that his constituents in rural areas are always complaining to him about big government job-killing regulations.

Well, Tiffany's recent answer to that is to prevent those same constituents from having any say on the impact of local mining on their quality of life and local infrastructure.

Republicans Back Stab Rural Towns and Farmers: Rural conservative Republican voters are now on the receiving end of small they didn't think they were next on the chopping block:
Congress and Farmers Are Shocked By Proposed USDA Cuts: The U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't even try to act enthusiastic as they unveiled details of their agency's proposed 2018 20 percent cut in the USDA's discretionary budget. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "It's my job to implement that plan."
Trump/Republican Anti-Jobs Plan: Ironic isn't it?
The Trump administration wants to cut: agricultural research, food aid for the poor, and programs that benefit small rural communities ... also includes a surprise that's particularly unwelcome to big Midwestern farmers ... new restrictions on government-subsidized crop insurance, a program that is a particular favorite of grain farmers. 
Alligator Tears!!! Really, it was okay to go after liberal big cities and states, but now it ain't okay to be on the receiving end?
The American Farm Bureau Federation said that "this budget fails agriculture and rural America." Similar criticism came from the American Soybean Association and the National Corn Growers Association. 
Of course, conniving Republicans want you to believe just the opposite, an easy sell job to their true believer voter base:
The Republican chairmen of the agricultural committees ... promised to "fight to ensure farmers have a strong safety net."

1. Reduces funding for the Agricultural Research Service by $360 million, or 26 percent. This would mean closing the doors at 17 research centers.

2. Limit the ability of large farmers to take advantage of those programs and cut government subsidies by more than $2.5 billion each year.

2. Completely eliminates the country's flagship program of international food aid, called Food For Peace. The current USDA budget includes $1.7 billion for that program.
Liberal U.S. enemies of the state, you know - Democrats, had the nerve to suggest...:
Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) said in a statement that "this budget is going nowhere on Capitol Hill but it is still a statement of priorities and should be of concern to all rural Americans." Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) called it "harsh and short-sighted."
Get back to work you lazy kids, seniors and disabled? Yes, that's what Republicans are saying:

Cut SNAP spending by $4.6 billion in 2018, increasing to more than $20 billion annually by 2022. Ag. Sec. Sonny Perdue said "We want to provide the nutrition people need, but we also want to help them transition from government programs, back to work, and into lives of independence.

Nearly two-thirds were under 18, over 60 or disabledaccording to the USDAAbout 44 million people participated in SNAP each month in 2016, at a cost of $70.9 billion. 
Wait a minute, I thought Republicans wanted food stamp "free loaders" to only buy healthy foods: "Healthy" is a relative term, apparently, since Republicans trashed healthy school lunch guidelines for the more traditional "American," salty, starch laden junk foods we loved 50 years ago. Remember, this is now the Food and Nutrition Service run by Republicans, who include this caveat: "...respond to the changing economic conditions while ensuring we remain vigilant stewards of taxpayer dollars:"
Perdue would, among other things, eliminate the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, which establishes dietary guidelines and studies what it costs to follow them. That work instead would fall under the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.

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