Earlier in the week, I shared a seed about how SNAP had been relieved of Funding for the benefit of the Sugar Industry in the form of Subsidies.
Today, Republic Report, shared whose money had been behind this fiasco. It seems the Crop Insurance Industry-the American Association of Crop Insurers PAC (AACIPAC) — and its lobbyists it has contracted through a Virginia law firm, and found, unfortunately, unsurprising results.
Of the 11 sitting Senators — four Democrats and seven Republicans — who received campaign funding from AACIPAC in the 2010 election cycle or the current one, not a single one supported Gillibrand’s amendment to restore food stamp funding by cutting guarantees to crop insurers.
Gillibrand had simply wanted to roll back sugar profit guarantees from $.14 to $.12, which would have restored $4.5 Billion to SNAP at a time when up to 30% of the American workforce is unemployed or underemployed.
While it's considered hopeful to see bi-partisan cooperation, I don't think this is the way we need it expressed.
The closer we look at this 2012 Farm Bill, the more convoluted it seems. We pay taxes that subsidize an industry unnecessarily, creating sugar prices more than twice that in the rest of the world which opens the door for more use of High Fructose Corn Syrup-and usually GMO, at that-ANOTHER subsidized crop, while our Elected Representatives and Senators line their pockets with PAC Dollars-all with the SCOTUS Stamp of Approval.