Sunday, July 02, 2006

Paying people to... um... not farm

This is probably the ultimate illustration of what's wrong with agricultural subsidies. They have no tangible agenda. Cash handouts do not preserve the halcyon days of family farming any more than cutting sales taxes would magically resurrect mom-and-pop corner stores.

And so, without any rigorous justification underlying our massive subsidies, we're left with absurdity: paying money to residents of land that was once, but no longer is, used for farming.

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