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If we can’t kill farm subsidies, what can we kill?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-j-samuelson-if...

Farm subsidies are a metaphor for our larger predicament. We no longer have the luxury — as we did for decades — of carrying marginal, ineffectual or wasteful programs. We can no longer afford subsidies for those who don’t need them or, at least, don’t need so many of them (including affluent Social Security and Medicare recipients). If we can’t eliminate the least valuable spending, then we will be condemned to perpetually large deficits, huge tax increases or indiscriminate cuts in many federal programs, the good as well as the bad.

Even with a full economic recovery, current policies imply annual deficits over the next decade averaging 5 percent of the economy (gross domestic product); by 2022, federal debt to GDP would hit 90 percent (the 2007 figure: 36 percent). Balancing the budget in 2020 would require $1 trillion of spending cuts or tax increases.


http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2002/04/farm-subsid...

Eligibility for farm subsidies is determined not by income or poverty standards but by the crop that is grown. Growers of corn, wheat, cotton, soybeans, and rice receive more than 90 percent of all farm subsidies, while growers of most of the 400 other domestic crops are completely shut out of farm subsidy programs. Further skewing these awards, the amounts of subsidies increase as a farmer plants more crops.
Thus, large farms and agribusinesses -- which not only have the most acres of land, but also, because of their economies of scale, happen to be the nation's most profitable farms -- receive the largest subsidies. Meanwhile, family farmers with few acres receive little or nothing in subsidies. In other words, far from serving as a safety net for poor farmers, farm subsidies comprise America's largest corporate welfare program.

Yes lets end welfare queens individual & corporate!

Lets start with agriculture then move on to defense spending. Then fiscal conservatives have the high ground to reduc waste in the rest of the government. It will never happen though. Too much grease [money] in the system dispensed by lobbyists & special interests.
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Yes lets end welfare queens individual & corporate!

Lets start with agriculture then move on to defense spending. Then fiscal conservatives have the high ground to reduc waste in the rest of the government. It will never happen though. Too much grease [money] in the system dispensed by lobbyists & special interests.
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This is why the fiscal cliff was better than any deal we were going to see.
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Yes, let's end welfare queens individual & corporate! Let's start with agriculture then move on to defense spending. Then fiscal conservatives have the high ground to reduce waste in the rest of the government. It will never happen though. Too much grease [money] in the system dispensed by lobbyists & special interests.

Well stated. It's got to be done. Got to.
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This is why the fiscal cliff was better than any deal we were going to see.

Yep. I was hoping for it. But that would have resulted in less corporate profits. That could result in reduced funding to congresspersons. Cain't have that happen.<g>
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