Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s efforts to increase farm subsidies for “wealthy farmers in Arkansas” gets ripped in a Washington Post blog posting today.
I’m guessing Republican opponent John Boozman has no problems for preferences for the already wealthy, however. Writes the Post:
It’s true that unusually heavy rains at harvest time swamped many cotton and other farms in the Deep South last year. In Arkansas, row-crop operations earned $3 billion, 12 percent less than pre-harvest forecasts and less than they made in 2008, a bumper year — but a slight improvement over 2007. In short, a difficult but hardly biblical situation. And compared with other claimants on federal money and compassion — black farmers still seeking $1.2 billion for past government discrimination, say, or victims of Haiti’s earthquake — the plight of Arkansas agriculture seems secondary indeed.
It gets worse.