Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What's Wrong with America?

In a spasm of money-frenzied bipartisanship, Republicans and Democrats conspired to blow billions in a government scheme known as a "farm bill."

The massive five-years agriculture spending plan, signed earlier this month by President Obama, includes a $3 million plan for Christmas tree taxes. (Daily Mail)

Also in the bill...

The U.S. will spend $1 billion per year loaning money to sugar barons so they can keep prices stable and avoid overseas competition

Another $100 million will go to study how to get Americans to buy more maple syrup

$1 million will buy weather radios for rural Americans, despite plunging hundreds of weather apps for smartphones and plunging access rates

And it continues a $200 million 'market access’ program that has paid companies like Fruit of the Loom and McDonalds to run commercials.

One grant from that fund even funded a reality TV show in India aimed at promoting cotton. Another paid Welch's $844,000 to hawk grape juice outside the U.S.

The rest of the Farm Bill, all $200 billion of it, includes some subsidy payments to members of Congress and their families who are engaged in agriculture.

Sadder Still...

One in five American households receive food stamps today. More than 1 million people were added to the rolls in 2013, including residents who live in the country illegally.

In the year 2000 the entire food stamp program cost $17 billion. Last year that figure was $78 billion.

(Daily Mail)

Government policy has screwed our economy.  We're the ones being harvested.

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