Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This is what we can expect from our "Representatives"

It doesn't matter if you're a democrat or a republican.  When the rubber meets the road, they're both going to dodge the tough choices.  Neither is going to do anything that jeopardizes their chances to get re-elected.  Not because what they do is popular to the majority, but because it's popular to the ones who spend the most money.  Another big lobby just got its wish. 

The Republican controlled House has killed a bill that would have cut down money wasting farm subsidies while the Democrat controlled Senate has killed a similar measure that would have cut off subsidies for ethanol. 

Over $100 million in wasteful spending will continue.  when you consider that we're going to have to borrow close to $60 million to pay for these subsidies and that the net effect is to artificially keep the price of food high, then you can see the great service our elected representatives of both parties have done for us. 

We don't have a lot of power here, at least not as individuals.  If we as the People don't hold our elected representatives to account, why should they do any differently?  Everyone likes the ideas of "voting the bums out" except when it comes to THEIR bum, because he brings home the bacon.  Well, your bacon and my bacon and everyone else's bacon has finally clogged the arteries of this country.

For more information on the wonderful world of farm subsidies, consider this Heritage Foundation article.

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