According to an article published in the National Journal ("With food prices on the rise"), the Department of Agriculture expects food prices to rise 3 percent to 4 percent this year.
Meanwhile, the House Agriculture Committee endorsed a proposal to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before agricultural subsidies.
It’s time to get our priorities straight.
When looking at programs to cut given budget constraints, we should preserve those that serve the public rather than sacrificing them for the benefit of corporate or individual interests.
Last year, taxpayers gave $4.9 billion in subsidies to farmers, regardless of whether they actually farmed, and $12 million to Dominos to run an ad campaign. Politicians talking about making meaningful cuts to wasteful spending should put their money where their mouths are. Those on the House Agriculture Committee who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the agricultural industry should think about spending that benefits their constituents, not their political careers.
Politicians need to listen to the voices of the public, not the money of big corporations. As I said before, it’s time to get our priorities straight.