Commentary: Too many programs for Congress to assess
“Although it is critically important that those ranchers who have been affected by the devastating drought get the disaster assistance that they need, this bill offsets the aid through steep, disproportionate cuts to the conservation title. We need Congress to act now to provide aid to ranchers in need, but this should not be a choice between robbing Peter and paying Paul,” said Julie Sibbing, director of agriculture and forestry at the NWF.
My comments and example don’t even consider all the lobbying being done by groups involved with the nutrition programs in the USDA budget.
What many call a do-nothing Congress might just be incapable of assessing all the government programs, even if there wasn’t money being stuffed in their pockets to finance campaigns and influence their vote.
I’m not saying that the size of government is out of control, but I am saying that in this complicated modern world, it is mind boggling how members of Congress are expected to know everything and play God to an extent.
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