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In a stunning display of hypocrisy, the U.S. Congress attempted to lay the blame of rising food costs on farmers. As CNN reported:
Let's look at the arguments.
The criticism levied by the Joint Economic Committee, led by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., transcended party lines. Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., a ranking member of the committee, called for "genuine reform" of the "nightmare of wasteful, outdated [farm] subsidies."
Richard Reinwald, a bakery owner from Huntington, N.Y., blamed rising wheat prices on farmers "growing crops for fuel and not food."
The meeting of the Joint Economic Committee followed comments on Tuesday from President Bush, who referred to a farm bill currently in legislation as "bloated" and incapable of significantly reducing food prices.
- Congress is strongly suggesting that farmers have a primary duty to provide food cheaply as opposed to making the best living they can as farmers.
- Congress is also strongly suggesting that subsidies paid to farmers are the doing of the farmers... as opposed to Congress. These are often subsidies to not plant crops.
- Congress is also strongly suggesting that farmers are growing crops for fuel rather than food for humans... the same Congress that has mandated a six-fold increase in ethanol from... food crops, perhaps?
- Is Congress also implying that farmer should absorb the higher cost of gasoline and diesel fuel which have been increasing partially because of legislation passed by Congress to restrict drilling for oil in addition to massive hurdles established for new refineries which have caused the cost of diesel fuel used in farm equipment to skyrocket?
Isn't this the same Senator Schumer that berated General Petraeus and said that the "surge" was not having an impact on al Qaeda? Isn't this the same Senator Schumer who wrongly blamed Gen. Wrightman for the Veterans Administration problems when Congress was cutting funding?
Perhaps the real problem is that there are people such as Senator Schumer in Congress who don't seem capable of drawing a straight line between two dots or being able to identify what the result of such an action is...