The House continues to mull the Farm Bill, and seems to have no interest in changing the status quo of agricultural subsidies -- namely, that the biggest agricultural corporations get the lion's share of them. Supporters of big agricultural subsidies love taking small farmers hostage when you oppose subsidies, but a mere four percent of American farmers get 75% of our subsidies while three out of five farmers get nothing. The good news? Reining in agricultural subsidies is now an actual bipartisan cause -- it wasn't a Democrat who proposed cutting off subsidies for corporations making over $250,000 in profits last year, but Rand Paul. So USPIRG helps you tell your House Rep to cut agricultural subsidies. And while we're discussing the Farm Bill, Moms Rising helps you tell your House Rep to stop cutting food stamps already. Yes, I've joined these two notions for a reason -- too many deficit hawks attack food stamps that help working families put food on the table in times of need, while leaving their precious corporate million-dollar handouts untouched. And then they expect respect! But they get none, as long as they toil for evil.
Meanwhile, the Regulatory Accountability Act is back; it's now H.R. 2122 and S. 1029, and the Center for Effective Government dishes the goods. This Regulatory Accountability Act would make a regulation's cost to corporations the primary concern of federal regulators -- versus their present primary concern, which is serving the interests of the American people. Nobody argues that "cost to businesses" shouldn't be a concern, but only a worshiper of mammon would make that the primary concern. And even if we only talk about money, what of the money regulations save? Clean air and clean water regulations, for example, save everyone money in health care costs and work time not lost due to illness. And this zombie RAA, like its forebears, piles on an extra layer of judicial review to every rulemaking notice -- plus it establishes a two-year expiration date for all rules, which only helps regulatory review agencies to sit on regulations its corporate influencers don't like. I think opposition to H.R. 2122/S. 1029 merits a phone call to your Reps and Senators. They'll never see it coming.