The government of today is ineffective, and to put it mildly, is the cause of most problems in the United States. One effect from this ineffectiveness, the continued delay in passing the farm bill.
The farm bill is a piece of legislation that is the primary agricultural and food policy of the federal government. The issue at hand is the fact that the farm bill covers too large of an area to do any good, and that the farm bill is long overdue for renewal. It is supposed to be renewed every five years. It was pushed back last year and still does not look very promising this year.
The farm bill has many areas of concern, a big part of the farm bill is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is responsible for helping people buy food with food stamps. One goal of the SNAP program is to end childhood hunger by 2015. This program helps a lot of people, but I feel it should be separated from the farm bill.
The initial concern of the farm bill is to help small farmers. But it seems to be helping the large farmers more than the little ones by giving subsidies to the farmers that make more than $750,000 annually. A new amendment of the farm bill that was passed by the Senate includes a cut to SNAP of $400 million per year and a reduction to the wealthiest farmers.
I believe that small farmers are the backbone of the nation. They work all of their lives and most of them make only enough to survive. Assistance should be focused on those who have it tough. Our government needs to focus on what is really important, and that is helping those who need it most.
Huyck is a senior at Franklin Central School and he is writing this letter for Stephen DeCarlo’s social studies class.