Agriculture

Definitely Not a Free Lunch

In fiscal year (FY) 2012, 30.7 million out of 50 million, or 61 percent, of U.S. students enrolled in public and non-profit private schools participated in both the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), federally assisted meal programs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service.  Unfortunately, a June 15, 2014 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that when it comes to certifying beneficiaries for the NSLP, the federal government’s eyes are certainly bigger than its stomach.

Bah Humbug! You’re A Mean One, Uncle Sam

The Christmas season may be long departed, but the Grinch (in the form of Uncle Sam) is working hard to dampen the magic of the holiday season by stealing the gift of a free market system right out from under the noses of U.S. taxpayers.

CAGW Releases February WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze 202-467-5318
February 11, 2014 Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5300

Farm Bill Grows Wealth of Narrow Agriculture Interests

On February 3, 2014, the Senate followed the House’s lead and voted 72-22 in favor of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, more commonly known as the Farm Bill.  In passing the legislation, Congress is sending to the President a bill that is both a disaster for taxpayers and likely to be even more expensive and wasteful than the abysmal 2008 Farm Bill that it is replacing.

CCAGW on Farm Bill: It’s a Dung Deal!

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze 202-467-5318
January 28, 2014 Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5300

 

Farm Bill Reform: Waiting on Rain During a Drought

The 112th Congress made progress toward enacting a new Farm Bill, but eventually settled on a one-year extension.  In the 113th Congress, the House and Senate passed their own versions of the Farm Bill, but unfortunately for taxpayers, the bills are still rife with profligate subsidies and outdated programs.

Fraudsters Eating Your Lunch

In July, the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) released an investigative report entitled, “Fraudulent School Lunch Program Applications Filed by Public Employees.”  The OSC discovered that 83 public employees, 26 individuals that were a spouse or partner of the public employee, and eight individuals that were another member of the employee’s family provided false information regarding their household income on applications for the school lunch program.  Even more disturbing, six elected school board members from Newark, Paterson, and Pleasantville were part of the scam.

Crony “Cropitalism”

Green Acres, a zany television sitcom that aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971, featured the antics of a former New York City attorney, Oliver Wendell Douglas (portrayed with stuffy effectiveness by Eddie Albert), and his ditzy, socialite wife, Lisa (played by the lovely Eva Gabor), who have invested their wealth into a dilapidated farmhouse and the equally dysfunctional farm on which it sits.  The highfalutin city dwellers have moved to rural Hooterville, a surreal community of country bumpkins where everyday rules of common sense just don’t seem to apply.  In fact, one episode featured a storyline in which the townfolk were convinced that they could receive tax refunds without ever having paid taxes:  to Oliver’s bewilderment, they did.

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Rogers November 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Hoyer is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his support for being a leading proponent of a wasteful sixth military branch called the Space Force.