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Rich farmers don’t need farm bill’s welfare

By most standards, farmers are rich. For a long time, the average family farm has enjoyed a higher income and has been six or seven times wealthier than the average American family. And the average farmer does not receive most of the farm subsidies that flow from the federal government. Eighty percent of those funds

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Will the sky fall? What happens if there is no new farm bill by Oct. 1, 2012

The short answer: the sky won’t fall. The longer and more nuanced answer: Heck no, the sky won’t fall. To put pressure on the House Republican leadership, some farm lobby groups are arguing that the agricultural sector will face severe problems if a new farm bill is not in place by Sept. 30, two weeks

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The 2012 farm bill: A wolf in sheep’s clothing

The American Boondoggle website exists for one reason — to let Americans know how their tax dollars are being used to prop up the well-off rather than support the needy. You wouldn’t know that by listening to the agriculture-industrial complex lobbying for the farm bills. They’ll tell you that most farms are family-owned, that farming

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Getting serious about reducing farm subsidies

Published on September 6, 2012, by in Farm Bill.

If there were ever a time when the government should and could get out of the business of subsidizing relatively wealthy tax farmers at the expense of less wealthy taxpayers, that time is now. The need for serious action to reduce the federal deficit makes the need to reduce farm subsidies urgent. One way or

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