July 16, 2013 9:07AM

Subtle as a Sledgehammer

I’m sure you’ve heard quite enough of me on the farm bill over the last week or so, but I did just want to draw readers’ attention to a quote from Mary Kay Thatcher of the American Farm Bureau Federation, speaking on the AgriTalk radio program regarding the need for the 1949 Agriculture Act (the so‐​called permanent law) to “motivate” Congress to pass farm bills every five years:

It’s really the sledgehammer that’s there to make sure we don’t just let the farm bill expire and do nothing about it. And so to remove that, even to replace it with the 2013 law for Title I is just that sledgehammer isn’t going to be there. [emphasis added]

At least she’s honest.