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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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Will Trump’s Immigration Order Ban Congressmen from U.S.?

Trump’s immigration order closes the border to “those who do not support the Constitution.” So most congressmen will be prohibited from re-entering the U.S.? OK, so I’m a hopeless optimist. Also on Twitter – Trump's immigration order bans "those who do not support the Constitution." So most congressmen will be prohibited from re-entering the US? […]

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FFF: Bipartisan Battering of Freedom in Congress

Future of Freedom Foundation Bipartisan Battering of Freedom by James Bovard For more than 40 years, Republicans have been promising to cut federal spending. In the same period, federal outlays have inched up by a few trillion dollars. But the Grand Old Party continues singing the same song — though voters may finally be losing […]

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Wash. Times: Politicians & Peanut Pilfering

Washington Times, August 26, 2016 Politicians and Peanut Pilfering by James Bovard The peanut program is typical of the train wreck of farm subsidies 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 rise eight-fold […]

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Celebrating July 4th by Satirizing Congress

  July 4th is my Independence Day, regardless of how depraved the government has become. Thirty-seven years ago, the New York Times printed a satire I wrote on the failure of the All-Volunteer Congress.  Some congressmen wanted to revive the military draft in order to have a higher quality army.  I showed that the same argument […]

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MP3: Thumping Nitwit Protectionist Politicians on KMOX

KMOX host Mark Reardon and I had fun today discussing my USA Today article on Trump, Oreos, and our insane protectionist sugar regime. I appreciated the opportunity to flog Congress on the air in St. Louis.  Mark has some of the best bumper music I’ve heard in a long time with nitwit sound bites from both […]

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