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

John C6 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 6:53 PM
Dear Mr. Jacoby, In addition to my post below, I would add that your assertion that 62% of farmers don't get subsidies is somewhat misleading. Ted Turner, Robert Redford, and Bruce Springsteen are all ' farmers '. They own agricultural land, and do produce some very small amount of food, but they're major food producers. The domestic producers of the bulk of our food are being targeted by foreign governments seeking unearned economic advantage through their own subsidy programs. Over 80% of the Agriculture Dept. budget is spent on food stamps. Much of this is for people who can't work: children, the disabled and sick, and the infirm elderly. Nonetheless, most of the money being spent is to assist lower income Americans, and doesn't go
John C6 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 6:56 PM
( continued ) directly to farmers.

Whatever you may think of this redistributionist policy, a redistributionist policy requires
that you first have something to redistribute. If we allow predatory economic policies
by foreign governments to put all our food producers out of business, we'll have nothing
to redistribute. We'll have to import food for food stamp recipients, and everyone else.


John Lepant Brighton CO
Joseph64 Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 7:47 AM
"We'll have to import food for food stamp recipients"

How about instead we export the food stamp recipients to the countries that have the food?
same10 Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 10:00 AM
How much US agricultural land is owned by China?
same10 Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 10:00 AM
Don't know where that would be.

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...