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Farm subsidies

What are your thoughts?  Seems a few new Tea Party members are against them.  Why do you think this is?

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salexander

Asked by salexander at 1:34 PM on Jan. 7, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They interfere with a free market. 

    LoveMyDog

    Answer by LoveMyDog at 1:38 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • We have enough corn and soy beans.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 1:43 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • According to CBS evening news, the prices of wheat and corn are going through the roof. There is a shortage because Asian countries continue to by large amounts from the U.S. They credit this with the reason cereal, and beef, and bread prices will continue to go up...for about the next 2 years. So, how do we have enough corn? I am not saying I am for or against, I would just like your thoughts on this situation.
    salexander

    Comment by salexander (original poster) at 1:46 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • There is no shortage of corn or wheat. The prices going up have to do with market speculation, not Asia. And wheat and corn are used in EVERYTHING pretty much. That's why American's are so fat and unhealthy.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 1:50 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • On one hand I'm not a fan but I do have relatives in the South that are small family farmers and some years they wouldn't have survived w/o them. Def not for the mega farms.


    Interesting that Tea Partiers are opposed, I recently read Michelle Bachman is a huge fan.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 1:51 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • Because it isn't the small family farms who are getting the subsidies. It's the huge conglomerate farms who grow what the government want them too
    Consider yourself educated
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 2:10 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • Because anytime the government sticks its nose into private business, it messes it up, raises prices and corrupts the system. Farm subsidies are a main example! The whole thing is flawed which is not surprising since it's a government idea.
    Laura2U

    Answer by Laura2U at 2:51 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • Farm subsidies are used to keep the commodity prices up for these things like corn, soy and wheat. Derivatives are also created when subsidies remain high and people make money on WS just because the price of grain went up or down in a day. American tax dollars are being used on farm commodities to speculate on WS, and the people who are making money on farming are the ones who live in NYC. Not the farmers.Not the taxpayer. they are the big losers.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 3:13 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • Also,Obama recently signed the ethanol bill which caused the price of corn to skyrocket.


    http://farmindustrynews.com/ethanol/president-obama-signs-tax-law-extends-biofuels-incentives-another-year

    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 3:21 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

  • My parents own a dariy farm grain prices are up and milk price are down with out the milk subsidies (if milk prices are lower than 10 dollers a hundred weight the gov. pays them what ever it is for the dairy farmer to break even) they would not be able to milk their cows, But Farm subsidies tend to help the mega farms while small farms just get by.
    jhcz

    Answer by jhcz at 4:44 PM on Jan. 7, 2011

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