17 February 2015

No Crying in Iowa

It's been a while since I've posted about welfare for American farmers. You can read some of my earlier comments here and here.

Unlike the continuing public perception of urban, largely African-American welfare recipients, payments to American farmers, who are are among the least needy of citizens, are big and can be expected to grow even larger. Go here to read an excellent article in The Economist that observes
American farm subsidies are egregiously expensive, harvesting $20 billion a year from taxpayers’ pockets. Most of the money goes to big, rich farmers producing staple commodities such as corn and soyabeans in states such as Iowa.
Perception is everything and with a plethora of presidential candidates scurrying about Iowa like rats in a corn crib, we can expect to hear even more sanctimonious support for the whitest and richest of America's welfare recipients.

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