As an aside to the main argument over the Farm Bill, this factoid emerges.
...Pursuant to a silly 1949 act of Congress, every time we fail to renew expiring farm programs,
the government must begin imposing Soviet-style price controls on milk
by decreasing supplies through massive purchases of milk, butter,
cheese, and other dairy products. Under permanent law, the USDA would
begin purchasing dairy products at a rate of $38.54 per hundredweight,
more than double the current price ($18 per hundredweight). This market
manipulation could double the price of milk, dairy products, and
everything else up the food chain.
But instead of avoiding the deleterious effects of the Agriculture
Act of 1949 by growing government, why don’t we just repeal the dang
In a sane world, both houses of Congress would convene and repeal
this inane and outdated law within a few minutes by unanimous consent.
That way we could debate a long-term farm bill without having the sword
of the 1949 law brandished over our necks and forcing Congress to rush
through bad legislation.
Silly man. "Both houses of Congress" and "sane" in the same sentence?
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