September 15, 2006

Farm subsidies that do not harm the environment

Government inefficiency is often a good thing (from Cafe Hayek):
Reported in "Harper's Index" (Harper's, October 2006, page 13):

Minimum amount of USDA farm subsidies since 2000 that have been paid out to people who do not farm: $1,300,000,000.

That's $1.3 billion. One program. And this by an institution -- the state -- that many conservatives trust to build nations abroad and many left-liberals trust to make better decisions for each of us individually than each of us individually will make for ourselves.

1 comment:

  1. Biodiversivist9/21/2006 07:22:00 AM

    Hey, I just bought a Prius and got paid $3,100 by my government for doing so, even though I, and everyone else who has bought one would have done so without the handout. Thank you fellow taxpayers, thank you inept government.

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