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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 26 2012 6:35 p.m. MST

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Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

This one's a no-brainer. Having a stable food supply is probably the greatest national defense. For food staples to spike at the same time that everyone's income will be cut is a recipe for recession. See farms fail, see foreign interests swoop in to buy the breadbasket.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

A few years ago we bought a couple of goats and have had delicious and healthy goat's milk since then. They don't take much room; they are a lot of fun; and they are a great alternative to $8/gallon milk. Maybe in addition to chickens in the back yard, we'll now see a few more backyard goats!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

The Congress has "milked" the population for centuries, so why not the farmers? After all, gas at almost $4 a gallon around the calendar is ok with most folks, so why not ratchet up the cost of milk? After all, in Hawaii in 2004 milk was $8 a gallon. Now will it be $25?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Why would a completely renewable resource like milk cost more than twice the amount of gasoline when we're running out of oil? The prices are backwards from what they should be.

worf
Mcallen, TX

In a great nation as ours,---why can't at least ninety percent of people feed themselves?

John Brown 1000
Laketown, UT

Milk already costs $8/gallon.

Yes, already.

Subsidies hide the true cost. If the cost would go to $8/gallon that means we're already paying $8/gallon now. It's just that the farmers have a nifty way of getting the extra $5.50--they put it into the Federal budget and force the rest of us to pay it.

Subsidies force the transfer of money from one group of people to another via taxation and redistribution.

No more force.

Let Americans choose. If we value milk so highly, we'll pay for $8/gallon in the supermarket. If not, we shouldn't be forced to buy it through hidden means.

Our food supply is in no danger whatsoever. Furthermore, the true cost would drop because we'd start importing cheaper milk from abroad, substitute other products that would work just as well, and switch production to farmers who can produce it more cheaply. The spike would come and go. Same with subsidies for sugar and corn etc.

Subsidies force all American people to buy things at high prices. All because these farmers think the rest of America owes them this particular job at a particular wage.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

Got you really scared huh? The real truth is that the layers of middlemen in commodoties and consumer products and exporting are the really scared brokers and profiteering in the US.

Its time to end all food subsidized government spending. If the real facts were made public the fiscal cliff and removing subsldies can lower the cost of milk and other food products.

For every commodity subsidized it creates many layers of profiteers and racketeering falsifying the truth and data of this countries products that need to be abolished to get a real valuation and costs reductions. Inflation on each level of billionaire broker adds excess cost and economic inflation.

The brokers are adding fear and scare lies to imply these accusations. Farmers and consumers are not profiteering, its the many layers of brokers driving inflation and cost up. Lack of money just removes a layer of profiteering and cheaper consumer prices.

The downfall of deflating an economy with lower prices is that it drops sales tax revenue to local government who are the next level of crime to limit and put under control.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

There is a tea party that demands you drink their beverage.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Yep, it already costs $8 a gallon. Did you get your socialist milk today? I'm so disappointed in rural america that cries against the evils of socialism yet is the largest benefactors.

FatherOfFour
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

I see a recurring theme in this article:

"The farm bill expired three months ago. Unless CONGRESS passes legislation renewing federal support for agriculture programs, milk prices could spike to between $6 and $8 per gallon, according to some estimates."

"CONGRESS is at an impasse over how much to cut food stamps, how much the government should subsidize crops and debate over how dairy prices should be stabilized."

"Unless CONGRESS resolves the stalemate over the farm bill by the end of the year, the federal government would have to follow a 1949 law that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy milk at roughly twice the current market price to maintain a stable market."

So when Boehner cannot rally his caucus and cannot get the sufficient votes needed, we know who to blame. CONGRESS

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

As long as you are getting food stamps, no problem!

one old man
Ogden, UT

Midwest Mom, in case you haven't already noticed, much of our food supply already comes from overseas. If we keep doing that to ourselves, we'll soon be in the same pickle with food that we are now in with oil.

Worf -- stop and actually think for a moment before making a comment like that.

MM -- remember that you could be just one job loss, one health crisis, or one accident away from food stamps yourself unless you happen to be one of one percent.

Milk is just one more symptom of an economic system that is spinning toward the bottom thanks to the domination of our lawmakers by too many financially powerful special interests that place greed before the common good.

Itsjstmeagain
Merritt Island, Fl

I'm pretty much a middle of the road person, but the farm programs do need to end. The price will spike until the market finds itself.
I don't drink milk.

EarlOfHemsley
Salt Lake City, UT

If Milk is ever $8/gallon at the store, I'm switching out to an alternative. Soy milk costs that much, and neither does powdered milk. The only time my family drinks milk is for breakfast cereal and cookies.

Belching Cow
Sandy, UT

Why should I be subsidizing milk drinkers anyway? It's really quite simple. If you want to drink milk bad enough pay $8 a gallon. If you can't afford it then don't drink milk. There, problem solved. Contrary to government brainwashing you don't have to drink milk to be healthy.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

one old man: Milk is just one more symptom of an economic system that is spinning toward the bottom thanks to the domination of our lawmakers by too many financially powerful special interests that place greed before the common good. In 1917 a group of people used this same mantra to abolish a monarchy and install their own government in Russia. The Bolsheviks went on to nationalize all of the business, including health care, and agriculture. In the 1960's, Kruschev said "...we will bury you...". Just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, they were feeding their people from grain that they bought from the United States. Defectors, and others from the East Block, were astounded at what could be bought in the grocery stores of the US. The only productive farms in the USSR were very small private plots. I may be misreading you, and maybe you don't mean 'private enterprise' but, to make a profit, doesn't make one 'greedy'. Also, this 'greed' has given the world the best standard of living it has ever known.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Mountanman

Spot on!! The entitlement crowd could care less since they live off the rest of us anyway. Doesn't matter what Milk prices go to or what taxes are raised to - this crowd doesn't pay taxes and they get their "Obama money" at the welfare office so who cares. If Milk goes up they just get more food stamps...no problem..and we foot the bill. Mitt spoke of the 40% crowd that he couldn't reach because they have no reason to care. As for the real working class in America who DO pay taxes and who DO have to earn the money they use to buy milk then they are in a world of hurt. The Obama answer - just CREATE this phony fiscal cliff which is intended to jack up taxes for all wage earners middle class included OR avoid the fiscal cliff by having taxes raised on the job creators and small business owners. Either way Barack takes another BIG step toward wealth redistribution and socialism and America watches their freedom slip away. One day in the not too distant future you will read stories to your grandkids about home ownership - good ole days.

mcdugall
Layton, UT

Remove the subsidies and let the market function as intended. Milk should not be a staple of the American diet, it is not a healthy source of calcium nor any other vitamin/mineral, seek alternatives.

Erika
Salem, Utah

Perhaps we need to realize what things truly cost and adjust our lifestyles accordingly. Farmers, like the rest of the country, need to make a living. Are subsidies really the answer? Maybe we should pay the real price of milk and stop consuming so much refined sugar. Maybe the family $ should go towards the most nutritionally sound and basic foods first, like they did for most of history.

Or perhaps this is the way the world ends . . . not with a bang, but a whimper.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Very simple. Get the government out of the market. Milk prices will react to supply and demand. Guess what? People can use alternatives such as soy and rice milk.

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