subsidize the rich
"Those who do not engage in high-risk
should not be made to subsidize those who do.
Subsidizing high risk activities encourages risk
1998 International Center for Technology
Assessment calculates that subsidies
reduce the cost of gasoline by $9 per
Walker Bush signes a bill overhauling American energy policy.
bill includes $11.5 billion in tax breaks for the energy industry.
First quarter the four largest petroleum companies report profits of
Second quarter ExxonMobil posts a record $7.64 billion
ExxonMobil makes a
record $36 billion in profit the year petroleum companies report record
18 Senators and 46 Represenatives own stock in
2006 ExxonMobil sets a
new record of $39.5 billion in profits.
ExxonMobil grants a $398 million golden
parachute to the retiring CEO.
2007 ExxonMobil sets another new record with $40.6
billion in profit.
ExxonMobil sets another new
record with $45.2 billion in profit.
funding of climate change skeptics (1998-2014 =
"Our system is so complicated - ie. rigged - that
it's almost impossible to know how much agricultural
subsidies cost American taxpayers.
Since 2000 the American government paid out $1.3 billion to "farmers"
who don't farm.
They were simply "compensated" for owning
land previously used for farming.
Cash payments have cost $172 billion over the last decade, and $25
billion in 2005 alone.
These numbers barely tell the story appallingly
combined with trade barriers (another term for subsidy) prop up the price of
food for consumers at home and hurt
This keeps Third
World nations impoverished, economically dependent and politically
Subsidies wreak havoc
on the ecosystem.
One small example: There's a 6,000-square-mile
dead zone in the Gulf of
It's so depleted of oxygen because of algae blooms caused by
runoff that shrimp and crabs at the Louisiana shore literally try to leap
from the water to breathe.
Most of the
fertilizer comes from a
few Midwestern counties that receive billions in
subsidies (more than $30 billion from 1997
to 2002 - Environmental Working
Also consider that
American farming is
hugely energy intensive.
Those energy costs are not fully borne by
the producer, so in effect the taxpayers is paying for
greenhouse emissions that do not
"Family farmers and ranchers are America's original
and most quintessential entrepreneurs.
The cornerstone of America's
economy, the wellspring of American values and the stewards of vast stretches
of rural America's most remotest and most beautiful landscapes.
there were more than 1.3 million ranches and farms with cattle nationally.
Today, fewer than 950,000 are still in operation.
In 1980 there were
also more than 666,000 hog farms, but that number has declined to fewer than
Without family farmers and ranchers acting as stewards of
working lands that they own, the beauty and vitality of rural America's
greatest assets will be lost forever." - John Crabtree, Director - Center for
"Despite having the cheapest food system in the
world, Americans are arguably the most unhealthy, "starving" for real,
nutritious food. Farm subsidies is at the core of this phenomenon, which
champions the interests of agribusiness." - Dorit
The cost of subsidies to growers
rice is $25 billion
All other farm products are excluded.
The free market works for all other farm
production, and it could work for the producers of
Small family farmers are harmed as they are specifically excluded from
most farm subsidies.
farmers subsidize corporate agribusiness
through lower crop prices, higher input costs, higher farmland costs and
industry consolidation and, as a final insult, through patented gene 'drift'
resulting in contamination of healthy seed stock.
Fortune 500 companies
and celebrity "hobby farmers" collect millions of dollars under federal
subsidized farm programs.
The federal subsidized farm programs, a system originally
designed to prevent food shortages and
farmer poverty, does
neither and has become so corrupt that nothing less than abolition of the
system is called for.
1995 and 2005:
Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) T-Bone farms in Wolf
Creek, Montana, received $232,311 for wheat, barley, oats, dry peas and
Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) received $715,000
from 1995 to 2005.
Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and his family
are corn and
soybean farmers. Charles E. Grassley received a little more than $225,000.
Batman has a farming partnership with his son, Robin, who received $685,833.
Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) received $40,043 for conservation. Sam
Brownback's father got $319,662 and his brother John received $286,082.
Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) received $126,555.
Salazar (D-Colo.) family farmed in Colorado for 400 years. Ken Salazar's
brother, Rep. John Salazar (D-Colo.) received $161,084.
Baucus (D-Mont.) has divested but his family business Sieben Ranch Company in
Wolf Creek, Montana and received $230,237.
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