The Sacramento Bee has an editorial urging Congress to step up to the plate and address some of the bloated corporate subsidies included in the current version of the Farm Bill. It ends with this observation:
Reforming the farm bill should be one area where Democrats and Republicans should be able to agree. The reform coalition includes fiscal hawks, environmentalists, small farmers, supporters of fair trade and more than 300 editorial boards across the country.
All want a bill that rewards innovation, resource protection and a more healthful U.S. diet, while limiting the waste and abuse of past farm bills.
Pelosi and Reid could still move the farm bill in this direction. But to do so, they will have to show more courage than they did in 2007.