Quick Look At Agricultural Subsidies

Many on the right (I think rightly, for the most part) get upset when they see welfare at the individual level, particularly when it’s obviously abused beyond even its normal intentions. But they fail to get concerned about (or perhaps even see) what is a much larger issue, imho. Agricultural subsidies which I guess is really just massive corporate welfare or crony-capitalism.

Dairy price controls, the Farm Bill (definitely check out this link), subsidies, Big-Sugar. The list goes on and on.

[ While here, let’s not confuse tax breaks with subsidies. ]

Here are a few items on the topic. Let’s end welfare for millionaires and billionaires.

Check out the 2011 farm subsidy database. View by categories. Or simply search by ZIP code.

You might be surprised and upset by what you find in your own backyard.

VDH gets it.

VDH Blasts The Dept. of Agriculture – The Pretense of Knowledge: Net farm income is expected in 2011 to reach its highest levels in more than three decades, as a rapidly growing and food-short world increasingly looks to the United States to provide it everything from soybeans and wheat to beef and fruit. Somebody should explain that good news to the Department of Agriculture: This year it will give a record $20 billion in various crop ‘supports’ to the nation’s wealthiest farmers — with the richest 10% receiving more than 70% of all the redistributive payouts. If farmers on their own are making handsome profits, why, with a $1.6 trillion annual federal deficit, is the Department of Agriculture borrowing unprecedented amounts to subsidize them?

This is particularly offensive.

CARPE DIEM: “Big Sugar” Cartel Cost Consumers $4.5B Last Year: In a recent Wall Street Journal letter titled “The Sugar Program Makes Sense,” the American Sugar Alliance’s chief economist claimed that “sugar policy operates at no cost to the government and is projected to do so for the next decade.” While it’s true that U.S. sugar producers haven’t tapped American taxpayers directly since the beet sugar farmers raked in more than $240 million in farm subsidy payments from 2000 to 2005, U.S. sugar policy did force American consumers to pay out $4.5 billion last year in higher sugar prices to support the “Big Sugar” cartel.

Related links:
Time to Shut Down the Department of Agriculture
City Slickers Continue To Rake In Farm Payments
Bumper Sticker Musings, What Ones Amuse You?
I Don’t Grow Corn OR Raise Pigs …
Oh, SNAP … Where Is The Food Stamp Money Going?