The recent adventure from Barack Obama’s truth-challenged campaign took place in Iowa, where the President accused Rep. Paul Ryan, vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket, of being “one of those leaders in Congress standing in the way” of a farm bill that would “provide relief and certainty to U.S. farmers and ranchers.”
“So, if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this farm bill is to Iowa and our rural communities. It’s time to put politics aside and pass it right away,” the President urged Iowa voters.
Which is a nice sound bite … except for the fact that the House of Representatives passed the farm bill. The Senate, which is controlled by do-nothing Harry Reid and the Democrats, decided to blow out of Washington without voting on it.
Among other things, they objected to a $16 billion cut in the massively bloated $770 billion food stamp program – whose funding makes up fully 80 percent of the “farm bill.” The size of the food stamp program has doubled since 2008, with approximately one in seven Americans now receiving food assistance. The House bill accomplished this largely by means-testing food stamps to ensure certain asset and income limits were met – a measure whose necessity will come as a surprise to the vast number of American voters who think food stamps already work that way.
For the benefit of Obama supporters unclear about how Congress works, Paul Ryan is a “Representative,” which means he serves in the House of Representatives, not the Senate. And in any event, Ryan does not sit on the House Agriculture Committee, so while he would vote on any given agriculture bill, he would not have a pivotal role in “blocking” one.
By: John Hayward
8/14/2012 09:46 AM
These borrowed words ... with due credit given, of course, help to provide us with a picture of our emperor in his new clothes. Those with sufficient intelligence can see right through our Prince of Fools.