House GOP Passes Farm Bill Stuffed with Corporate Pork But No Funding for Food Stamps and School Lunches

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—and in the Process Puts the Lie to the GOP Truisms about Cutting Spending and Conducting the People’s Business in the Open

Predictably, Progressives across the nation are expressing outrage at the Farm Bill just passed by only eight votes in the House of Representatives (every Democrat and 12 Republicans voted against the bill’s passage). After failing to pass a Farm Bill about a month ago, even though passing the Farm Bill has become one of the most routine things that the Congress does, the House reintroduced the bill, stripped of any mention of food stamps, school lunches, and other subsidized food programs for the poorest of our poor, about thirty to forty percent of whom are children.

What should surprise Progressives is that the conservative Heritage Foundation has also issued a statement expressing outrage at the bill—in part because it does not address the issues of subsidized food programs…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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