Sunday, November 4, 2007

We Love the Nanny State!

Farm Subsidies and Corporate Welfare:

The farm bill that helped Henning expires later this year and lawmakers are shaping the next version that would cost $288 billion over the next five years. The bill will provide aid for farmers throughout the country, including Washington, where agriculture has remained the state's biggest employer for decades.

First of all, if Henning was going under in the first place and needed assistance that badly, it was for one of two reasons: Either he was just not worthy to be in the market and needed to adjust, OR, the subsidies that are given out to big farms were driving prices down and strangling small farms.

It could be a combination of both, but now, with the new bill, all kinds of local, big, and incompetent farmers can ALL get welfare! Hooray!

But local farmers who grow fruits, vegetables and nursery products could soon get more federal help to sell their produce and recover faster from disasters.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said a new feature that would set aside $850 million in disaster relief is important for Western Washington farmers.

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"Farmers are good at farming," Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said. "They didn't get into farming to become marketing professionals."


No, farmers provide goods and services. Therefore, they are in a market, and if they don't know what they are doing, or don't have a professional to help, then they deserve to go under and not leech from taxpayers.

Even more on this from I Call BS!

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