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  •  The House has also failed to move the Farm Bill (17+ / 0-)

    which could lead to milk price support rules reverting to 1949 law, which would put milk at $6 to $8 a gallon. The Senate passed the Farm Bill months ago.

    Combine that with the other hits the middle class is about to take, and the public is about to be really unhappy. I just hope Democrats are ready with a clear message pointing the blame at uncompromising, unbending TeaBaggers.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 07:26:29 AM PST

    •  To make a have to slaughter a few (2+ / 0-)
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      pigs....GOP Logic.

    •  the thing is... (4+ / 0-)

      the American people spoke loudly in November and won the House popular vote by almost 1.5 million votes. Reform must start with state legislatures which despite total ignorance on every single issue by the Tea Party, they figured out quickly how to assume and maintain power. (Koch and clan provided the intelligence and financing however).

    •  A little more detailed NYT article. (0+ / 0-)

      is here and includes:

      the government would have to follow an antiquated 1949 farm law that would force Washington to buy milk at wildly inflated prices, creating higher prices in the dairy case.
      The biggest problem doesn't seem to be that the current situation isn't being extended, it's that the old rules even exist anymore to fall back on. If we want price supports (a questionable premise in today's environment of factory, big corporation farming), they should be more rational, permanent, and just intended to keep an essential industry afloat during short term dips while letting the market address long term trends w/o the need for periodic political intervention.

      Simplistically, perhaps the price support should be fixed, until undone by explicit legislation, at 80% of the average of the last two years' market price adjusted for general inflation/deflation.

      •  The big problem is that the House (0+ / 0-)

        is holding out for major cuts to food stamps and the school lunch program, regardless of the consequences.

        Once again, the Senate has passed a bill (64-35, including 16 yes votes from Republicans) and the House leadership won't even allow a vote.

        Is it a perfect bill? No, but it is clearly a bipartisan compromise.

        Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

        by bear83 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 01:45:04 PM PST

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