reason.com -- I’d be thrilled to see direct payments put through the wood chipper. But I’m still skeptical that it will happen. When Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas, the Republican head of the House Agricultural Committee, was asked by Reuters to comment on the fact that the GOP budget put together by Rep. Paul Ryan calls for saving $30 billion by cutting direct payment to farmers, he basically chuckled and gave the reporter a pat on the head. Ryan’s proposed cuts were merely “suggestions,” according to Lucas. "At the end of the day, members of the House Agriculture Committee and I will write the next farm bill." It’s hard to slay a sacred cow when the priests who made it powerful are still determined to protect it.
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