President Obama Urges Congress Act on Farm, Crop Insurance, Food Stamps Bill

October 18, 2013

  • October 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    Mike says:
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    Side A- continue to provide loopholes and excuses for 30% of Americans to not go back to work and provide for their family, and strip the ability of our nations whole food producers to sustain an honest, hard living
    Side B- Strengthen our nations backbone by continuing (and improving) subsidy programs for farmers so corners arent continuously cut (i.e. reduce salmonella outbreaks, toxins in food, etc), and enable the 15% of Americans who trully need assitance to maximize that assistance- forcing the loophole 15% to get out and work for it like the rest of us.

    • October 21, 2013 at 9:50 am
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      Many years ago when farmers had weather disasters or losses,they had to depend on ad hoc government assistance. There is no other occupation like agriculture where you can do everything right and still suffer a devastating loss due to something they cannot control-the weather. Hence, crop insurance was formed. It was felt it was cheaper to subsidize the farmers premium because the farmers themselves now have a way to protect their operation by purchasing crop insurance and paying a premium. and keep their head above water in case of a loss. Crop insurance does not make a person money. THere has been some fraud found and those who participate in this fraud should be banned from crop insurance and spend some time in jail. What bothers me is that most Americans do not realize how important agriculture is to this country not only for a big bulk of our food but also we have higher standards. We must support agriculture and make it able for the producer to operate the following year after a disaster or loss year. If the farmer goes under, will someone from another country be buying up the farmground?? This is happening. Safe, plentiful food is vital to our nation and the world. Would you want to start depending on other countries for a bulk of our food supply? Remember the embargoes we imposed on other countries? There would be countries salivating at the mouth to do this to us. As for the food stamps, we need more industry and jobs that pay a wage that can support a family. Also, food stamps should not become a way of life. Everyone will help someone down on their luck but there needs to be new rules for welfare assistance. Why is food stamps part of the agriculture bill anyway?

  • October 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm
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    For once I agree witht both republicans and democrats. There are too many people getting food stamps and it is a sign of a weak economic recovery.

    The proper completion of both statements, “… do to policies implemented by President Barrack Obama!”

    • October 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm
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      PM, what Democrat says there ae too many people getting food stamps?

      • October 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm
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        Dave – I’m a Democrat and I say it. But that doesn’t mean you just gut the program. There are still many people that do need it and are deserving of help. We shouldn’t have a knee jerk reaction until we have a way to separate the wheat from the chaffe.

        • October 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm
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          Yes and no. The biggest problem is the sheer size of the program. I’m not sure there is any way to weed out the over subsidized. Cutting the entire program by 10-25% is the best way to start.

      • October 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm
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        I think there are too many people on ALL subsidy programs.

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm
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      Does anyone remember this President saying he would focus on the economy like a “laser”? If we had good economic policy, fiscal restraint from the Federal Government, incentives for employers to hire, there would be very few on food stamps. Instead of recovering the economy, he wants to expand the nanny state, increase the deficit until bankruptcy happens.

  • October 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm
    Dave says:
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    Now that Obama got his increase in the debt limit, it took him no time to get back to his same mindless mantra, spend, spend, spend. Despite $17 trillion in debt and $1 trillion annula deficits. Debt problem? We have no debt problem!

  • October 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm
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    “Republican say continued high enrollment is a sign the program needs reform. Democrats say it shows weak economic recovery.”

    I say, both are right. It would be nice to see these sides come together in some sort of an agreement. I think America is beyond tired of all the grandstanding. Whereas, I do fully expect politicians to play politics, it’s time for Congress to actually do something. And if they don’t, I’ll be sure to let them know at the ballot box.

    • October 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm
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      Planet, we will all let the politicians know at the ballot box come November of 14. They don’t care about the citizens as demonstrated by both parties in this debt fight. Do you expect the new debt commission to come up with anything that will trim the gargantuan Federal Budget? Wonderful Patty Murray (D) of Washington is one of the main ones along with Paul Ryan. Love to be a fly on the wall when they meet. I am sure they will have just as much luck as Simpson Bowles had. Report in the trash.

      • October 21, 2013 at 11:32 am
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        What if they threw an election and no one came?

        Let’s take a cue from Richard Pryor and do a WRITE-IN: NONE OF THE ABOVE.

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm
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  • October 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm
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    Maybe we should have 2 banks in DC. One that collects from Demo and one that collects from Repub. They each get to spend money from their own bank. OOOPPPSS…i forgot about Detroit. Sorry, nevermind.

    • October 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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      • October 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm
        jack says:
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        No, it’s actually the attitude of people like you that feel so good about themselves as they say “i care so much about people so let’s help them” while taking the money out of my pocket instead of your own to do so. Its easy to be compassionate with other peoples money. Go home and pull out your checkbook register, write down the amount and number of charities you have given to this year. Then look in the mirror and you will see whats really wrong with this country. It’s hypocrites like you.

        • October 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm
          Libby says:
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          You know nothing about me, so your statements only succeed in proving your bigotry and hatred. You’re pathetic.

        • October 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm
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          Seriously? You’re going to talk about charitable giving? Do you give 10% of your GROSS pay to your church? Do you also give to other charities? I’d stack my charitable donations against anyone.

          • October 22, 2013 at 8:36 am
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            Let’s see how much you would give to charity if you couldn’t write it off

          • October 22, 2013 at 9:08 am
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            txmouthbreatherboogereatertx, I believe I would give the same amount. Since my mortgage is almost paid, I expect to lose the deduction soon. No matter what, I will continue to support my charities because I believe in their worth.

            By the way, I’m a democrat.

    • October 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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      Jack,

      Being from NY I am with you.

      http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/08/americas-fiscal-union

      Look at all of the blue states in the black and we can now see why most of the others are referred to as “red” states.

      We will be waiting for the $212 Billion still owed from SC.

      • October 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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        You go, Ron!

    • October 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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      Correction: $121 Billion SC still owes. I apologize for exaggerating the debt from your state.

      • October 21, 2013 at 11:46 am
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        Data that’s not 3-4 years old might be more helpful. I see NY has a $1.3 Bil deficit this year. Working that same I’m compassionate with other peoples money plan I see.

        • October 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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          Jack,

          If you have updated data, please provide the source. This is the most recent data I could find.

        • October 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm
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          In addition, We did build up an $87 Billion surplus that we could tap into. How about SC and the other “red” states?

        • October 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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          Jack,

          This is the 2nd time you have presented data or a statistic without a source.

          I am still waiting for you to provide the source of your, “I saw a stat that said 75% of the people in NC that went to sign up ended up being told they qualified for medicaid.” statement.

  • October 21, 2013 at 11:50 am
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    Put food stamps in perspective…. our congress feels people on food stamps are getting too much of our money.. well, at $174,000 per year (NOT INCLUDING BENEFITS) that means they collect $476.71 PER DAY, $3346.15 PER WEEK or $14,500 PER MONTH. and yet they feel that $4.16 per day for food is outrageous.. anyone else think we have managed to grow our own entitled royalty in America? MEGA-FARMS collect more subsidies than Mom & Pop farms..

    • October 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm
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      Well, not everyone in Congress feels that way. The Tea Party fringe certainly does. I’d like to see them order their meals for $4.16/day. They wouldn’t be able to feed themselves let alone their families. So how about those boot straps? Can I boil and eat them?

      • October 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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        If you eat the, what would you pull yourself up by??

  • October 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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    Here is the simple food stamp fix. For people that have iPhones, have them have their food stamps as an app. For people that don’t, have them still keep the credit card assistance. Then when they get up to the register, don’t allow the ones with the iPhone app to work. Pretty simple to weed out who needs it, and who’s abusing it.

    • October 23, 2013 at 9:20 am
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      Oh, some more iPhone-envy. I was given mine for FREE when I signed up for a 2 year mobile plan. I do not have a home phone, so the cell is my only phone outside of work. Do you think it’s possible someone on food stamps might do the same thing? A basic mobile phone plan can run you about $50/month, maybe less. So, this whole iPhone argument is straight up bogus, yo!

  • October 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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    So long as can still send $1.5B to Egypt and other countries that hate us, lets cut food stamps and let Americans go hungry. After all, its way more important to make sure the Pakistanis get fed… After all, they did hide Bin Ladden from us.



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