"And though tyranny, because it needs no consent, may successfully rule over foreign peoples, it can stay in power only if it destroys first of all the national institutions of its own people."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Farm Bill Will Have to Wait Until Next Year

There is absolutely no way even the most crooked crooks in Washington can get a bill of this magnitude passed in such a short time. Liberals and their politicians are so spineless that they repeatedly support and practice the art of squeezing their controversial agendas where they don't belong. Farmers are literally at the will of the clueless politicians in Washington. They are not listened to, and are simply forced to adapt to whatever law is put in place. The 2007 Farm Bill might be moving ahead with some light 'debate' now, but there is hardly enough time to get such an important bill passed before Congress is done for the year, in large part due to the number of amendments, of which plenty will have absolutely nothing to do with agriculture.

Illegal immigration is one such proposed amendment that will be attempted to ramrod any sort of overly large public debate on the issue. The immigration bill that the Democrats and some Republicans want to pass will be much larger in size than any since the horrible full-scale amnesty earlier this year. Even the DREAM Act would have given amnesty to over two million illegals in the name of no more than 80,000 immigrant students, and would have clearly rewarded among others, the anchor baby parents that decided to undermine and take advantage of our laws. The immigration reform proposed in this farm bill will probably give amnesty to over five million, and I suppose it's the liberal way to bring it up in such an unrelated bill that will affect millions of legal working class American farmers. If or when it's decided that a bill will not get passed, the farm bill from 2002 will be put in place until Congress reconvenes next spring.

After a 10-day deadlock, Senate leaders agreed on Wednesday to debate farm bill amendments that could range from subsidy caps and Canadian cattle to immigration and tax law reform.

Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hoped only a "finite number" of amendments would be offered and said Democrats could limit themselves to five. Reid also filed a motion, due for a vote on Friday, to limit the bill to 30 hours of debate.

"The time is slowly evaporating," said Reid, to pass a bill. Roughly three weeks are left in this year's session.

Once the Senate acts, House and Senate negotiators must write a final version of the bill to send to the White House, which has threatened to veto each bill as it now stands.

It was unclear which amendment, if any, would be debated on Thursday, said an aide to Agriculture Committee chairman Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat. The Senate began debate on the bill on November 5 and has deadlocked over which amendments to consider.

Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to limit the Senate to the 264 amendments on file as of Tuesday evening. They did not agree immediately over which would be allowed but McConnell said, "This is a little, small step forward."

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