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bo    Posted 02-17-2005 at 14:52:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
In President Bush's $2.57 trillion budget proposal for FY 2006 (FY stands for "fiscal year," which begins in October) he is proposing that $94.6 billion be spent on the Department of Agriculture. That figure includes the food stamp program (otherwise known as 'free money for not working,') but we'll set that aside for just a minute.

The Congress passed a 10-year farm bill a couple years ago that spends $171 billion on farm subsidies. The idea behind this is to support poor family farmers from going under. But that isn't what happens. Besides, who cares? We live in a capitalist society. If you can't make a living in the farming business, do something else. The Heritage Foundation points out that if government wanted to just help out family farmers, they could bring them all up to 185% of the poverty level for just $4 billion a year.

So under that farm bill, $20 billion gets handed out every year, mostly to large farms and big business. It's nothing more than corporate welfare. The amount of the handouts increase with the more crops that are grown. Of course, this further distorts the market place, because farmers are being paid to grow that which may not be needed. Here's an idea: how about abolishing the agriculture department and get rid of farm subsidies entirely. Yeah, I know...dream on. Farm states have members of Congress on both sides of the aisle that would never let that happen.

It's too bad....we could save $20 billion a year by cutting off the corporate welfare queens out on the prairie.

john    Posted 02-17-2005 at 18:31:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alot of military families are on foodstamps.[free money for not working as you call it.]

bo    Posted 02-17-2005 at 19:21:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot?
But beyond its value as a crowd pleaser, the issue is less of a crisis than it may seem during an overheated political rally. Despite cries that the Clinton Administration has neglected America's men and women in uniform, the number of troops on food stamps is declining. In 1991, 19,400 troops received food stamps. By 1995 the number was 11,900, and by 1998 only 6,300 of the 1.4 million Americans in uniform were on food stamps. Even after accounting for the shrinking military, the number of troops receiving such aid has slid from 0.9% to 0.45% over the past decade. (About 8% of Americans are on food stamps.) The Pentagon predicts that scheduled pay increases for troops will by 2005 trim the total military personnel on food stamps to 4,000.

What pushes that small number of troops onto food stamps is a combination of little money and big families.

Burrhead    Posted 02-17-2005 at 20:26:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
when I read about the budget it made me wonder why this Prez hates the veteran like he does. Looks like the VA will take some hard cuts.

Folks like Ken Lay of Enron draw subsidy so I guess it's going to folks who really need it alright.

The medicare prescription deal is a joke but we have over a billion bucks to spend per week on a war nobody needed.

Now he's out to kill social security. I can't wait til next year to see who he axes next.

john    Posted 02-18-2005 at 07:00:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
He spends like the spoiled rich kid that he is.

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