Rep. Smith and farm bill

Third District Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., has signed Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, and Club for Growth funds Smith’s election campaigns. Adrian Smith represents the largest agricultural district in Congress, but both Norquist and Club for Growth are opposed to farm and food bills.

Last August, with enough votes in the House to pass a farm bill, Speaker John Boehner, who has never voted for a farm bill, would not allow the full House to vote on the bill that had bipartisan support of the House Ag Committee. A discharge petition was circulated to sign that would have forced an up or down vote. Adrian Smith refused to sign it. Now we are left with an extension of the old and costly farm bill.

Adrian Smith, and those who pull his strings, want drastic cuts to food assistance programs that have grown dramatically because of the 2007-2008 recession. This recession was caused by unregulated Wall Street, deficit-producing tax cuts, and two unfunded wars. Smith will vote for deeper cuts in food programs that will ultimately harm American farmers.

As a registered Republican and a farmer, I cannot comprehend why 70 percent of the voters in the Third District of Nebraska vote for someone who consistently works against our social and economic self-interests.

Ron Meyer

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