Our Take

Lactose Intolerance: There is No Dairy Cliff

December 28, 2012

Don’t believe the hype. There is no milk cliff. Yes, after the new year, permanent farm law from 1949 (and 1938) will take effect, but the possible doubling of milk prices that is being predicted is hogwash. Don’t get hornswoggled by USDA Secretary Vilsack, who is really just pushing for a five-year farm bill. Here’s what House Agriculture Committee Chairman Lucas –hardly a farm bill opponent – told the Tulsa World:

"We are exploring all options to prevent the 1949 farm bill from taking effect, especially as it relates to dairy policy," Lucas said. "In any event, implementation of permanent law will take a considerable amount of time, and to that end, I call on (Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack) to carefully consider all relevant factors and to take public comment through a rulemaking process before proceeding."

If Treasury Secretary Geithner has a bag of tricks to avoid the debt ceiling for a couple months, surely Secretary Vilsack can slow walk to the “dairy cliff.”  Passing a trillion dollar, five year farm bill to avoid the so-called dairy cliff would be letting the dairy subsidy tail wag the farm bill cow. This can easily be dealt with in a short-term extension in the new year.

Filed under: Cut Subsidies, Eliminate Corporate Welfare, Prioritize Investments

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

November 25, 2015

10 Ways Congress Can Earn Taxpayers’ Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving week. At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we thought we’d do what so many Americans do at this time... Read More

Give to TCS on Giving Tuesday

Double Your Impact!

20th Anniversary Celebration


The Corporate Inversion Quagmire

November 30, 2015

Weekly Wastebasket

10 Ways Congress Can Earn Taxpayers’ Thanks

November 25, 2015

Weekly Wastebasket

Reorienting Pentagon Priorities

November 20, 2015