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Beefs and Beliefs

Farm Subsidies' Neck Stretched on Chopping Block

Farmers look like an easy mark to budget cutters and yet make tiny portion of federal budget.

Last week the American Enterprise Institute said eliminating farm subsidies could save taxpayers $100 billion over 10 years.

That's not a lot in light of the debt this nation has run up. Further, I suspect the actual number is unknowable but I have no doubt we will be better off if actual subsidies are removed.

The group noted "inefficiencies" of crop subsidies and the high cost of farm disaster payments and subsidies to crop insurance, and it said increases in food costs had driven up another major part of the USDA's budget, which is food aid to those in this country classed as poor.

So, getting to my point, I've long been opposed to the way the former food stamps program is run. When I was 15 years old and sacking groceries in the local grocery story I saw the abuses in the program and the poor food choices and I mentally redesigned the program right then and there. Basically what I had in mind then and what I have in mind now is to rebuild the program to be more like Women, Infants and Children, which only allows certain foods deemed of suitable value.

Above that, certainly there are cuts to be made there, yet nothing has been said about that. Meanwhile our nation's social/welfare programs are sinking the budget boat.

The voters don't want to hear about that, however. Their ox is a sacred cow and must not be gored.

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