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  •  One of your suggestions was actually put into (12+ / 0-)

    the draft 2012 farm bill (which, by the way, expired because a certain group of people in Congress couldn't get their sh*t together).

    Means testing. I don't know the exact numbers but it would have limited who would qualify for subsidies and whittle out those notorious "moochers," one of which is:

    At least 43 percent of ADM's annual profits are from products heavily subsidized or protected by the American government. Moreover, every $1 of profits earned by ADM's corn sweetener operation costs consumers $10, and every $1 of profits earned by its ethanol operation costs taxpayers $30
    The other idea that was inserted was shifting some subsidies from commodities over to specialty crops (carrots, lettuce, broccoli, etc) and towards programs that would encourage organic and sustainable farming methods but, again, a certain group in Congress stripped both out.

    So ADM still lives on the dole and specialty crop farmers get no help. High fructose corn syrup gets subsidized but tomatoes and carrots can go take a hike. I bet you can guess who it was in Congress that stripped all that out.

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