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Harvesting Votes? McCain Opposes Farm Policies Popular in Midwest

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Harvesting Votes? McCain Opposes Popular Farm Policies Republican presidential candidate John McCain opposes the $300 billion farm bill and subsidies for ethanol, positions that both supporters and opponents say might cost him votes he needs in the upper Midwest this November. Barack Obama is making a more traditional regional pitch: He favors the farm bill approved by Congress this year and subsidies for the Midwest-based ethanol industry. In his position papers, McCain opposes farm subsidies only for those with incomes of more than $250,000 and a net worth above $2 million.

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True-Song True-Song 8 years
The farm bill sucks. But as it is, we're in it. It exists, and we're dependent on it.
stiletta stiletta 8 years
Thank you, Navada Bear. McCain is finally dealing with these ridiculously bloated government subsidies. It may cost him votes from special interests, but I think (hope) the electorate will see it for what it is.
nevadamtnbear nevadamtnbear 8 years
ARGGGGGGGGGGG! That is a singular reason I hate politics in this country - the politicians are unwilling to admit to the very real connection that this farce of ethanol is having on our economy. Hand in hand with fuel prices going up, we're depleting food crops for *fuel*, we're causing the cost of grain to soar because farmers can get more $$$ for crops used for ethanol rather than for feed (never mind a major contributor to the hops shortage in our country is from farmers tearing down their hops crops for soybean and/or corn as a replacement). And the increased production has not resulted in reduced foreign oil dependence or decreased fuel costs. And we're going to SUBSIDIZE ethanol more!?!?!?!?! Excuse me while I find a brick wall to beat my head into. There are so many other viable alternatives, but are too controversial and don't sound as good in political ads (gee, hemp oil anyone?). I support a farm bill that provides tangible benefits to small farmers/ranchers, NOT big corporations. Those are the Americans who need our help. I support a farm bill that assures that America's Second Harvest and local food banks throughout the nation have access to surplus commodities and programs that assist in expanding food nutrition services and education for those in need. I support a farm bill that provides real constructive advancements in our traditional agricultural practices (i.e. encouraging/subsidizing alternatives to flood irrigation in the arid west, encouraging/subsidizing non-petro based insecticides and other pest control measures, etc.). I have my serious issues with both candidates, but this is one issue I firmly back McCain on.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I am in favor of cutting back the farm bill gradually. It's insane how subsidized the farming industry is in our country. I don't agree with McCain about much, but this is one area where we agree. (But I don't mind if he loses votes over it.)
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