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Yes, Slash Farm Subsidies — But Don't Stop There

Jay Wye Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 5:44 PM
we get a lot of use out of our military,worldwide. Plus,HOW do you know what those "other nations" are REALLY spending? China's military owns and operates many "civilian" industries,and part of their profits goes to the military,OFF the books. China has been rapidly building UP and modernizing its forces. Also,WHO CARES what "other nations" are doing? didn't your parents teach you about that sort of thing?

THANKSGIVING IS behind us. The fiscal "cliff" looms ahead. And in less than six weeks, Massachusetts will have a new senator. Let's try to link them all in a single column.

As a candidate for the US Senate, Elizabeth Warren showed a livelier interest in raising federal revenues than in cutting government spending. But about one spending target the senator-elect has been admirably blunt. When asked to name some items in the federal budget she'd like to see slashed, the first program she cites is one of the most indefensible: agriculture subsidies.

To be sure, it's easier to oppose welfare...