A New Approach – To Finally End an Old Farm Bill Problem

frmbl2The Farm Bill is a bane of we Conservatives’ existence – and Reality-based policymaking.  It is a relic of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR)’s horrendously failed New Deal – a top-down, central-planning nightmare mess.

And over the last eighty-plus years, FDR’s heinous domestic policy has gone global.  A worldwide farm market has arisen.  We no longer just grow for ourselves.  We sell all over – and they sell to us.

And our Farm Bill – which warps our market – has warped the world’s as well.  FDR helped beget an eight-decade-long international regulatory arms race.  Other produce-producing nations saw our lattice-work panoply of tariffs and subsidies – and felt compelled to match them.  And then exceed them.

Round and round we go.  Myriad nations outdo our government interference in the marketplace – so we outdo theirs.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  So what we now have is a global lattice-work panoply of tariffs and subsidies.  A thicket that grows ever thicker – as each next government tries to outdo the last.

We take our swing every half decade – when our heinous Farm Bill comes up for Congressional renewal.  A $1 trillion redux passed last year.

We Conservatives tried then to do what we always try to do – unilaterally kill it.  And we were just as successful then as we always have been – not at all.

So let’s try something new, shall we? 

We’ve spent the better part of a century erecting ever-higher walls of trade impediment.  And watching the world’s nations do the same.  It would seem we need to work together to tear down those walls.

Here’s a start of that deconstruction.

Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., reintroduced a bill Friday that encourages the (Barack Obama) administration to target foreign sugar subsidies. Under the “Zero-for-Zero” plan, U.S. sugar policy would also be rolled back in exchange for the elimination of foreign programs, which Yoho says are distorting world prices and inhibiting a free market.

Congressman Yoho is, of course, absolutely correct.  We’ve been “distorting world prices and inhibiting a free market” for decades – and on oh-so-much-more than merely sugar.

Here’s hoping the Administration makes this move – and on oh-so-much-more than merely sugar.

It’s way past time we end this fossilized facet of FDR’s New Deal.  Both here – and abroad.

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