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

Via washingtonpost.com » Submitted On Mon, 01/07/2013 - 3:37pm by Norman Wolfe

Government support for agricultural research and food safety can be justified. But direct subsidies to farmers can’t. If subsidies ended tomorrow, wheat would still be grown in Kansas. Subsidies qualify as “low hanging fruit” in cutting federal spending. What’s instructive is that no one is doing it.

Over the years, Congress has played a shell game. When one subsidy appears unwarranted, it’s erased and replaced with another. Thus, we’ve had set-asides, price supports, direct payments, counter-cyclical payments and more. The shell game continues. The Senate Agriculture Committee eliminated “direct payments” and diverted most savings into a new subsidy (“agriculture risk coverage”) and expanded crop insurance.

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Where shall we get the money to pay our debts....

Lets look at the following list of departments, NONE of which are authorized by the Constitution as a function of government:

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Where shall we get the money to pay our debts....

Lets look at the following list of departments, NONE of which are authorized by the Constitution as a function of government:

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I believe we can cut Dept of Education, environmental, and much more.

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Here is a government report!

GAO Report: $400 Billion Wasted Annually On 1,500 Duplicative, Fragmented, Inefficient Government Programs This also does not include all of the bureaucrats golden parachute benefits either!

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