There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.
The last time the Republicans played this game, with Newt Gingrich driving them to a collision, the result was that they were simply crushed, like a compact car trying to play chicken with a truck on a one-lane bridge.
In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.
"If you don't want us to do something really irresponsible, you'd better let us do something really irresponsible." If you happen to be John Boehner, a sentence like that apparently makes perfect sense.
Sen. Sanders is reviving a bill he introduced earlier this year which imposes a 5.4% surtax on all earnings over $1 million per year. Budget negotiations haven't even started yet, but Bernie just changed the terms for the better.