Obama’s Plans To Cut Farm Subsidies Deserve Support
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  • Mrs. Davis

    How about proposing the abolition of the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture as a package deal?

  • Bart Hall (Kansas, USA)

    I farm for a living. No off-farm job, and I refuse every nickel of the Farm Program subsidy to which I’m entitled.

    You cannot end farm subsidies fast enough for me. By overwhelming market feedback they completely overwhelm the natural signals indicating whether we should plant more or less. And don’t even get me going about ethanol.

    I’ll take it one step farther: abolish the USDA. Put all of its forestry components into Interior. Put all of its food stamps into Human Services. Chop the ag portion in half and shuck off the remains to Commerce.

    Things like meat and food inspection are good. Some of their national ag statistics stuff is actually helpful. Beyond that … shoot, shovel, and shut up. We do not need to spend $203,000 every year to support the Alabama Peanut Queen Festival.

    Yes, that is (tragically) real. As are all the urban “farming,” hoop house, and a metric shitload of other subsidies.

    Whilst we’re at it, no more dairy subsidies, and most especially, no more California water subsidies. One cotton farmer in California receives over a third of a billion dollars water benefits.

    Because of terribly below-market water prices — federally subsidized — California lettuce growers receive what amounts to a 2$ per box subsidy, enabling them to cover more than the costs of shipping east so they can dump their $#!++y lettuce in my back yard.

    Hey USDA! WAYSA?

  • Jeff77450

    @Bart Hall: if you’ll run for office I’ll vote for you! –signed, a retired soldier in Houston, TX

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