As the U.S. Senate takes up the 2012 Farm Bill, prepare for another vigorous debate: is the Farm Bill needed to support a vital sector of our economy, or is it a government giveaway that benefits corporations and the well-connected at the expense of the rest of us? A closer look at one component of the last Farm Bill—the catfish inspection program—suggests the latter.
For far too long politicians have considered entitlement spending to be the third-rail of politics: touch it, and your future in politics is off the tracks. With a towering debt of nearly $16 trillion, Americans are ready for a fact-based conversation about the biggest drivers of federal spending.
Who’s putting the “pop” in popcorn these days? Senators from Nebraska are heading up a special interest campaign to dole out a few million in revenue to the popcorn industry. ConAgra Foods, maker of well-known brands Orville Redenbacher and Crunch ‘n Munch, has its headquarters in Omaha.