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  •  we also subsidize foreign food in a way (1+ / 0-)
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    It's a bit hard to tease out of the statistics, but a significant portion of subsidies paid out to grain and soy bean growers goes towards agricultural product that is destined for the export market and foreign mouths.  

    The last agricultural subsidy I can think of that was discontinued was the old tobacco allotment program dating from the Depression Era.  Mitch McConnell steered a bill through Congress back in 2005 to end the program, but only by setting in place a government "buyout" program that compensated tobacco farmers for the onerous burden of growing something else on their land than tobacco.  More than $10 billion has been paid out to former tobacco growers or allotment owners since 2005, and the program is still ongoing.

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

    by Keith930 on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 08:21:32 AM PDT

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