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Conservative economist makes intelligent proposal

By tovarichpeter follow tovarichpeter   2013 Jan 6, 9:19am 304 views   0 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/robert-j-samuelson-if-we-cant-kill-farm-subsidies-what-can-we-kill/2013/01/06/7f5e9648-582a-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html?hpid=z3

Symbolic of the debate we’re not having about government’s size and role — the essence of the deficit problem — is the future of farm subsidies. Running $10 billion to $15 billion annually, they don’t do much good. For starters, they haven’t saved small farms. Since the 1930s, when subsidies began, the number of farms is down 70 percent. Nor do farmers need subsidies to stay profitable.

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