Farm Bill Lard

About: details of the farm bill - google news

 If I wanted to change Congress it would be in the visibility of things like earmarks & special ammendments having nothing to do with the main purpose of the bill & which are there just to bribe other senators & congressmen to vote for the bills!  Bills before congress should be digitized in such a way as to search by categories of spending & what sponsor & which member benefits from the expenditures.  This should all be done prior to voting. See if you can find the earmarks in the current farm bill.

You might have to hang a few senators & congressmen before you get them to change the rules.

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  1. earmarks
  2. lard
  3. farm bill
  4. 3rd street
  5. guillotine
  6. obammalies

Comments


Mark de LA says
seth 2008-05-25 10:11:29 10171
Perhaps a line item veto would help. The whole process by of what goes in what bill and how the legislative incentives work needs to have a bipartisan reform.
It is a good idea, but was nixed by the supreme court.  Congress makes the laws.  The problem is visibility.  Some of the bills are so large, like the budget bills, that even the people who vote can't read them all.  They need to be indexed in a database available to the public before a vote.

Seth says
M 2008-05-25 10:14:24 10171
seth 2008-05-25 10:11:29 10171
Perhaps a line item veto would help. The whole process by of what goes in what bill and how the legislative incentives work needs to have a bipartisan reform.
It is a good idea, but was nixed by the supreme court.  Congress makes the laws.  The problem is visibility.  Some of the bills are so large, like the budget bills, that even the people who vote can't read them all.  They need to be indexed in a database available to the public before a vote.
good idea.  Knowledge is power.

Mark de LA says
M 2008-05-27 16:28:39 10171
M 2008-05-27 16:26:47 10171
Here is the farm bill on Thomas (Library of Congress) website. It is almost unintelligible. That is, after all, why they get away with spending so much.  As you can see it is composed and named after many other bills & is related to many other bills which extend over 5 years until 2012.
source: ... On 5/22/2008 the House passed H.R. 6124, a new bill containing 15 farm bill titles.
...

Cost extimates by the CBO are shown for only 8 of them.
There are six versions of the bill HR2419 (the base?).

Mark de LA says
What seems like the Senate & House passed bill shows up in a PDF that appears like a linear mess of 628 pages - somewhat as an outline - no bookmarks to assist going directly to any subheading in the pdf.

Mark de LA says
Project VoteSmart does a decent attempt to expose the Farm Bill & votes here.
They have an issues vs bills & other nicely threaded material on their website. They also have the voting record of the candidates e.g. Obama , Hillary & McCain.  Naturally, O & H's records are shorter!

Mark de LA says
ObammaLIES: About the farm bill:
source: ... By opposing the bill, President Bush and John McCain are saying no to America

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