Our farm system is totally rigged for generally very wealthy (made wealthier with our tax dollars) agribusiness participants. But the Republicans won’t attack this kind of welfare because it benefits constituencies in rural and generally Republican districts – at least the constituencies which tend to write checks to their congressperson.
Dr. Paul isn’t the only medical doctor who is completely fed up with medical central planning. I’ve talked with a few and each one is deeply concerned about how it will impact care.
This is not sustainable. When more people receive means tested government benefits (not Social Security, veterans benefits) than there are people working full-time jobs, there is a problem.
The surprise is not that it happened. The surprise is that she was caught.
”Stephen brings his personal experience as a successful businessman running a large agriculture operation to Washington D.C. and understands, firsthand, that jobs are not created by Washington bureaucrats, but rather by hard-working folks in Tennessee. He is committed to taking every possible step to empower people to invest and create jobs, cut government spending and make Washington more accountable to taxpayers.”
- This is from the website of Representative Stephen Fincher of Tennessee who according to the attached article received the most agriculture subsidies of any member of Congress in 2012, $70,574.
If he really wanted to reduce the burden to taxpayers he could give that $70K back I suppose.
A couple of weeks ago I went to a briefing on the Hill given by some of the good folks at the Cato Institute and the R Street Institute regarding the Farm Bill and it was depressing. On all levels the farm bill has been worked and twisted and manipulated and massaged by the lobbyists.
$100K is a good bit of taxpayer scratch.
This isn’t surprising, but it is still galling.
The town of Woonsocket rises and falls every month with issuance of food stamps on the 1st. Not a good way to live, that is for sure.