The unspeakably bad farm bill has been thoroughly examined and I have no new insights to offer. It has a couple of small, positive elements, but they are not redeeming features unless you think giving away the odd dime is what ‘redeemed’ John D. Rockefeller. It’s environmentally, sociallly, and morally an outrage, and a big one. A perfect storm of greed and cowardice this enormous raises questions about the capacity of the American political system to function at all.
However, Bush has said he will veto it, and this post is mainly to recognize that he’s doing the right thing. Good for him. I wish I could say the same for my senators, and especially Pelosi, who will bear their craven and mendacious behavior in this episode as a permanent mark of shame.