Ed Feulner

Now, it may be a great idea to protect wetlands. And, if private individuals want to come together and invest money for that purpose, more power to them. But that's not what's happening here. Instead, federal farm subsidies are being spent to take farmlands out of production and turn them into wetlands for waterfowl.

Not surprisingly, lawmakers don't like to talk about these projects when they discuss farm policy. Instead, they talk about how they're helping family farmers, the type of hardworking Americans who built this country. But the unfortunate fact about farm subsidies is that they go mostly to big agribusiness and politically connected individuals -- including many in Chicago and around the country.

And we taxpayers are picking up the bill. Farm subsidies cost the average household $216 in annual taxes along with $104 in higher food prices.

Money doesn't grow on trees. In fact, with farm subsidies, you don't even need soil to grow money -- just a willing federal government.

It's time to make America green, by ending foolish farm subsidies and once again giving our citizens the freedom to farm, without the meddling of a federal government that can't tell the difference between a city condo and a cornfield.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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