Not exactly "laughing all the way to the bank."

National Crop Insurance Services President Tom Zacharias responded to EWG's claim in an op-ed in The Hill earlier this year:

"While opponents of crop insurance criticize a policy that has been embraced by farmers, farm groups, bankers and politicians of all political stripes, it is noteworthy that critics have conveniently glossed over the fact that this policy ensures that taxpayers are never stuck with the whole tab, as they were in the era of ad hoc disaster assistance, and they can rest assured that the food production system is financially stable."

It's really no surprise that EWG has been so relentless in its attacks, considering its close ties to Brazil, a country that has the most to gain from dismantling U.S. farm policy and weakening its biggest competitor on the global stage.

But EWG isn't the only one attacking our farm safety net. For-hire university economists have joined the chorus, making outrageous and, quite frankly, unprofessional claims, going so far as to compare farmers to cheap drunks at an open bar and claim that the USDA should be dismantled and turned into a museum for D.C. tourists.

We can't expect these vocal farm policy opponents to change their tune since they are singing for their supper, but the rest of us have a responsibility to start asking them some tough questions, such as: who is funding you, how much are they giving, and how does that money figure into the public policy positions that you take?


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