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Robinhood Republicans and Attention Deficient Democrats ~ 2013 US Farm Bill
by khubaka, michael harris
Monday Sep 16th, 2013 9:30 AM
The US House version of a 2013 of a US Farm Bill stripped Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services from an opening round of the end of a working “unholy alliance.” Big corporate industrial agriculture interests, big banks and financial markets openly courting environmental justice and the hunger coalition in the name of "food security."
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Nearly, 950 billion dollars of tax payer resources may be utilized to form the basis of a new 21st Century U.S. Food and Farm Policy.
Targeted corporate “welfare” is being considered installed as permanent law, while taking food and nutrition “welfare” from the mouth of seniors, children and the less fortunate.

What is more unfortunate is the lack of attention by elected Congressional House of Representatives who are supposed to represent the health and welfare of constituents, even those who often do not participate in the election process, thus have limited political voice.

We can identify the Robinhood Republicans and Attention Deficient Democrats who have no desire to consider the value and belief to ensure that all of America’s children have access to safe, nutritious, and balanced meals. During the 2013 Farm Bill conversation, they are the best of friends.

Stretch limousines, European cut dresses and Brooks Brother suits seem to control U.S. Food and Farm Policy, with a plethora of special interests lobbying, educating and advocating for a few million here and a couple million there in a fall feeding frenzy.

Political power players who represent speculative rural real estate development, executive bankers and financial contractors contracted by Wall Street interests, while agriculture commodity futures market end users seek a transparent methodology to stabilize a new way forward.

It may be time to fragment US Food and Farm Policy into more manageable and understandable language not predicated upon the values and beliefs of 1862 Civil War decisions.

A separate and very unequal Morrill Act methodology mandates 1862 vs. 1890 Land Grant systemic institutional racism, and the foxes continue to guard the hen houses, from sea to shinning sea the Christian conservatives throw the values of the Holy Bible out the window to make sure the collection plate remains full for the coming election cycle.

US Agriculture Public Policy has deteriorated into a financial feeding frenzy with corporate industrial agriculture interests trumping a safe and secure food and nutrition for all Americans.

The US House version of a 2013 of a US Farm Bill stripped Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services from an opening round of the end of a working “unholy alliance.” Big corporate industrial agriculture interests, big banks and financial markets openly courting environmental justice and the hunger coalition in the name of "food security."

Clearly a separate US Rural Agriculture Farm Bill and US Urban Agriculture Farm Bill may resolve the vast gap. Job creation, career advancement and community economic development utilizing all aspects of US Agriculture may be too much for the leading Robinhood Republicans and Attention Deficient Democrats to resolve in 4 years.

Maybe a couple 200 page reads vs. a 1200 page read could assist salient cognition that begins by ensuring that all of America’s children have access to safe, nutritious, and balanced meals, or maybe just a new way forward, healing what is hurting our communities.