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Ethanol: More Welfare for Farmers

Written By: Steve Welcenbach  |  Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2011

                 When people speak of welfare reform, images of single inner city mothers with lots of out-of-wedlock children with able-bodied men lazing around enter many people's minds. Other people think of giant corporations receiving lots of government subsidies, tax breaks or rules made especially for them to eliminate competition, prop up a mismanaged or out of date operation, or attempt to force a product upon the public that otherwise people won't buy. I see, sadly, the American Farmer.

                 Agricultural subsidies have been with us for a very long time. Farmers made up the largest single voting demographic prior to World War II. So politicians have been at work stealing money from the rest of society for the express purpose of directing it to farmers to buy their votes.

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