As the Doha international trade talks rumble on between stalemate and inertia, it is business as usual for farmers in the United States. Once again the most powerful lobby in the world - farmers - has flexed its muscles and politicians have crumbled. As caller.com reports, the Senate has rejected measures that would merely put a cap on the rich subsidies that farmers enjoy in the US and which prevent developing countries from growing similar crops economically.
Elimination of subsidies wold not only return money to US taxpayers it would also give an unprecedented boost to Third World
agriculture. It is not often that politicians are offered such a free lunch but once again they have bowed to the self-interest of a tiny minority of their constituents. What next? We will have to wait another five years before the issue is debated again . . . unless President Bush uses his veto on the bill. And pigs will fly.