Farm Bill: Money for Nothin’… I Want My Subsidy

I want government to stop all handouts.
Check it out:

The four principal farm bill negotiators have tentatively agreed on a framework for a new farm bill. A central aspect of this framework would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad.

The House and Senate farm bills both eliminate a program called direct payments because it pays farmers who don’t even plant a single seed. In other words, farmers get money for nothing.

Now, the negotiators are replacing the direct payments program with new programs that would also pay farmers for doing nothing.

This is how it works: Under direct payments, farmers don’t get paid for what they actually plant, but instead get paid for what are called “base acres.”

GET MORE STORIES LIKE THIS

IN YOUR INBOX!

Sign up for our daily email and get the stories everyone is talking about.

Email

Previous post

Beck: "This is the Only Way Back"

Next post

Charged with Theft for Charging His Electric Car—with Five Cents’ Worth of Electricity

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.