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CP: Peanuts Prove Congress is Incorrigible

COUNTERPUNCH, March 29, 2017 Peanuts Prove Congress is Incorrigible by James Bovard The history of federal peanut policy illustrates why Congress could never competently manage a lemonade stand. The feds sabotage farmer productivity, screw consumers, and sow chaos around the world – all for campaign contributions. Federal spending for peanut subsidies has increased eightfold since […]

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FFF: The Great Goober Train Wreck

Future of Freedom Foundation The Great Goober Train Wreck of 2016 by James Bovard The history of federal peanut policy is the perfect antidote to anyone who still believes that Congress could competently manage a lemonade stand. Federal spending for peanut subsidies will have risen eightfold between last year and next year — reaching almost […]

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Another Chicago Section 8 Boondoggle?

Glenn Minnis, a reporter with Chicago City Wire, interviewed me earlier this week on a proposed Section 8 housing project in Chicago. Here’s the article the published today: Chicago City Wire – Ald. Arena’s Section 8 development means more crime, lower property values in Jefferson Park, says expert Crime Glenn Minnis | Mar 17, 2017 […]

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Meddling to Spread Democracy is Doing God’s Work

Journalist Martin Sieff asked my views yesterday about US democracy promotion efforts such as the National Endowment for Democracy. I said that the interventions are “justified because ‘God wants democracy to win.’ The US government is simply doing God’s work — or doing what God would do if he knew as much as US government […]

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MP3 of My Thumping Farm Subsidies on MetroFarm Radio

Michael Olson, the host of MetroFarm.com, and I had fun today thumping farm subsidies on his radio show this morning.  He seemed perhaps nonplussed at my call in the final minutes to abolish all subsidies and to strip power from politicians across the board. But what the heck – at least Brazilian cotton farmers will […]

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Appearing on FoodChain Radio at Noon Today

I will be joining Michael Olson of MetroFarm.com on his FoodChain radio show today at noon.  The program is syndicated nationwide –  details on local airings are in his release reposted here.    Should be lots of fun – except for USDA bureaucrats. Food Chain Radio Show #1087 Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist Drain the […]

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Wall St. Journal: Living Off the Fat of Washington

Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2016 Living Off the Fat of Washington If Trump is going to ‘drain the swamp,’ he might start with wasteful ag subsidies. By James Bovard President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to “drain the swamp” in Washington could begin with the Agriculture Department. Federal aid to farmers is forecast by the Congressional […]

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