Regarding the proposed farm bill, I find it interesting that provisions have the government (taxpayers) subsidizing crop and price insurance for farmers. While I have little knowledge of farm matters, and these policies may be desirable or even necessary, I wonder why farmers are guaranteed long-term income for losses due to crop damage or low prices, while the unemployed, who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing or automation, are permanently dropped from unemployment insurance after a set time.
It is interesting that many politicians who supported these crop insurance subsidies also voted to substantially reduce SNAP (food stamp) funding; some of these politicians are farmers outside politics and have in the past received substantial subsidies. For those right-wing, free-market purists who believe only the market should control prices, they apparently have no problem practicing what is basically socialism for the farming community while they throw long-term unemployed workers and the hungry to the wolves.
We can see Congress supports farmers, but who speaks for the long-term unemployed?