Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Budget Cuts? Here Are a Few Possibilities

Since someone asked about Federal budget cuts...

It was noted in this space yesterday that in 2008 Congress included an obscure amendment in an agriculture bill that changed one word in the law requiring the Department of Agriculture to maintain a publicly available database of who receives federal farm subsidies.

Who was sucking at the Federal tit in 2007? Maybe it would explain why the Ag Department was nudged into dumping the database, eh?

Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, and five other members of his family own a large Montana ranch that had received more than $230,000 in subsidy checks over a five-year period

Sen. Ken Salazar, D-CO, and his brother, Rep. John Salazar, D-CO, had between them received more than $162,000 in Ag subsidies

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-SD, was a member of the House Agriculture Committee but did not receive subsidy checks. However, her father, a former South Dakota governor, had received more than three-quarters of a million dollars from the Ag Department program

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