03 March 2008

enjoy that coke; you let the terrorists win

gubmint farm subsidies are not just about propping up an artificially prosperous regime. they actually hurt the people who are growing healthful food. all gubmental action is at someone else's expense.

The commodity farm program effectively forbids farmers who usually grow corn or the other four federally subsidized commodity crops (soybeans, rice, wheat and cotton) from trying fruit and vegetables. Because my watermelons and tomatoes had been planted on “corn base” acres, the Farm Service said, my landlords were out of compliance with the commodity program.

I’ve discovered that typically, a farmer who grows the forbidden fruits and vegetables on corn acreage not only has to give up his subsidy for the year on that acreage, he is also penalized the market value of the illicit crop, and runs the risk that those acres will be permanently ineligible for any subsidies in the future. (The penalties apply only to fruits and vegetables — if the farmer decides to grow another commodity crop, or even nothing at all, there’s no problem.) (emphasis added.)

1 comment:

  1. I've noticed the trend for Big Gubmint to take the crack dealer's approach to capturing a population and forcing them to do what they want. Make it easy to get into, but really painful to get out of, even if it's no longer in your one's best interest. Crops, education, the two-party system...