The latest version of the multi-billion dollar Farm Bill is laden with pork, according to former Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Sen. McCain (R., Ariz.) tweeted out a David Letterman-style countdown of the most egregious cases of waste and pork:
#1 – Creates new USDA office to inspect catfish. FDA already inspects catfish, so this one’s a real bottom-feeder.
#2 – $200 mil Market Access Program promoting brands overseas. Example: Holding “liquor mixology demonstrations” in Russia.
#3 – $25 million to study health benefits of peas, lentils and garbanzo beans. Pretty sure they’re healthy.
#4 – Subsidies for mohair (AKA goat wool), which have cost taxpayers $20 million+ since 1954
#5 – New subsidy for popcorn producers. Yes, popcorn subsidies – after popcorn prices rose 40% in recent yrs.
#6 – $10 million to establish new USDA program to eradicate feral pigs. Talk about pork!
#7 – $15 million to establish a new grant program to “improve” the U.S. sheep industry. A ba-a-a-a-a-a-d idea.
#8 – $700 million for “Ag and Food Research Initiative” funding grants to research pine trees in FL & study moth pheromones
#9 – $40 million in grants from USDA to states to encourage private land owners to use land for bird watching or hunting
#10 – $200 million for “Value Added Grant Program” often used to give grants to wine producers (& cheese makers too)