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Column: Why the U.S. does not need a farm bill

William Janeway

Fiscal cliff discussions are forcing Americans to evaluate where taxpayer dollars are going, with the realization that tough decisions need to be made. While Americans are being asked to consider Social Security and Medicare cuts, and neglecting crumbling infrastructure, a strong case exists for eliminating unnecessary farm subsidies, amounting to $247 billion from 1995-2009 – a cost of $119/year per taxpayer.

America’s farmers are important, as are our teachers, carpenters, and police, but it’s a difficult case to argue that taxpayers should continue borrowing money from China, and from future generations, to fund this demonstrably unnecessary and expensive entitlement program for an industry that is thriving during these hard times.

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