The word obscene can sometimes be used for exaggeration to highlight something excessive, even wildly excessive.
In the case of this disgraceful farm bill, obscene may not be strong enough.
President Bush has vetoed it, but backers have plenty of support for an override.
If ever the words special interests and cave in (to lobbyists) applied, it is with this bill.
Farmers in the top 1% of earners will reap windfall benefits. The government will buy sugar at almost twice the world price and sell it at a loss approaching 100%. Like many pork projects, practically all in congress, who voted for it, got enough for the home district, to be remembered at the polls, in November.
Barack Obama, despite his soaring rhetoric about change, supported the farm bill just as he had the energy bill-larded up, almost to the same degree-as this one.
The poor, that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and all demagogues profess incessantly, to care about, will now pay higher food prices. The poorer the country, the more this will hurt.
The effects in Africa, will likely be tragic, but the farm voters, and the farm lobbyists in their respective states, will be taken care of, so those contributions will continue to pour in generously.
In her strong support for the bill, Hillary Clinton was most emphatic when campaigning in farm states. There she called it a "good piece of legislation"
John McCain voted against the farm bill. Senator McCain, said "It would be hard to find any single bill that better sums up why so many Americans in both parties are so disappointed in the conduct of their government, and at times so disgusted by it."
It not only passed the congress, it is veto proof unless the American public rises up the way it did with the sham illegal immigration monstrosity that congress tried to force on the public.
There is still time!