Monday, February 14, 2005

Farm policy ironies

Now, farm policy is rarely out-and-out hilarious, so a little irony on occasion is about the best we can do. Here is Keith Good's summary of the Washington Post discussion of how Bush's proposed farm program cuts are being received in Republican regions of the country:
"Within a few hours of the release of the president's proposal last week, Rep. John E. Peterson (R-Pa.), co-chairman of the Congressional Rural Caucus, fired off a statement criticizing the president he typically supports." Mr. Milbank quoted Rep. Peterson as saying, "We expected to fight cuts to rural programs under the Clinton administration, [b]ut those who are currently advocating these draconian cuts would not be in office today if it weren't for rural America. These cuts disproportionately target essential programs in rural communities while turning a blind eye to the wasteful spending that is rampant in many big cities across the country."

As usual, I get my farm policy stuff from the Farm Policy weblog.

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