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Farm Subsidy “Reforms” Increase Cost to Taxpayers

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lavish new subsidies in the 2014 farm bill were sold as true reforms. But as it turns out, many of those new subsidies are only adding to taxpayer burden.

“Yes, the old system of direct payments to growers of corn, soybeans and a few other crops have been replaced by two heavily subsidized “insurance” programs that ostensibly protect only against price swings and natural disasters beyond the farmers’ control. In fact, though, the programs insure against such relatively common risks that they are tantamount to direct payments, and nearly as lucrative — sometimes more so.” 

Read the full Washington Post story here.

Table Scraps

USA Today discusses why now is the time to cease the corn ethanol mandate. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel delves into how food stamps cuts will affect our disabled and elderly.

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