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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

More than half of the Trump administration's $8.4 billion in trade aid payments to U.S. farmers through April was received by the top 10% of recipients, the country's biggest and most successful farmers, a study by an advocacy group showed on Tuesday.

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Welfare for the wealthy is the 'Murican way.

#1 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-07-31 02:43 PM | Reply

Of course it does.

#2 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-07-31 03:04 PM | Reply

"More than half of the Trump administration's $8.4 billion in trade aid payments to U.S. farmers through April was received by the top 10% of recipients,"

That's even more top-heavy than the income distribution in America:

One half, 49.98%, of all income in the US was earned by households with an income over $100,000, the top twenty percent. Over one quarter, 28.5%, of all income was earned by the top 8%, those households earning more than $150,000 a year. en.wikipedia.org

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-31 03:22 PM | Reply

Gasp!

#4 | Posted by qcp at 2019-07-31 03:57 PM | Reply

"Welfare is okay, if it's going to the rich."
-Republican Motto.

You won't hear any of the usual suspects complaining about this.

As long as it's not going to the poor they have zero complaints.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-31 04:00 PM | Reply

Of course it does. Just like the R tax cuts. This is what Rs do.

#6 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2019-07-31 04:04 PM | Reply

I've been saying for years that we should end the farm subsidies.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-31 04:04 PM | Reply

I've been saying for years that we should end the farm subsidies.

POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2019-07-31 04:04 PM | REPLY

You obviously don't live in farm country.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-07-31 04:31 PM | Reply

I don't know enough about the farms, but if the farms are like the railroads, we prop them up to have them.

#9 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-07-31 04:42 PM | Reply

"I've been saying for years that we should end the farm subsidies."

You've been saying that for years.
What you've never said is how eliminating farm subsidies would fix the problems that farm subsidies are there to get relief from.
Please educate us.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-31 04:51 PM | Reply

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This is not a bug in the Trump program to help farmers. This is a feature.

When smaller "family" owned farms go bankrupt, corporate farm owners can buy them for a song. And with this extra money it gets even easier for rich and super rich farmers to become ever larger.

And to anyone who has been paying attention to how Trump has run his businesses, this is not a surprise. Trump caters to the common man to get their votes and to get their accolades at his Nuremberg rallies. He doesn't cater to them to actually help them.

#11 | Posted by prius04 at 2019-07-31 06:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Everyone is against someone else getting a check from Uncle Sugar until they pay 9 bucks for a gallon of milk. The reason small farmers don't get those funds? Paperwork costs money and time they don't have. Crop insurance costs money up front. Big corporate farms growing a single crop, soy, corn or wheat, will without fail. Now for the kicker. I have watched ripe fields plowed under because the market prices are down, and claiming a loss will pay better than harvesting them.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-31 07:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Trump caters to the common man to get their votes and to get their accolades at his Nuremberg rallies. He doesn't cater to them to actually help them."

It's convenient that they have a mythology where Real Men are self-made and don't need any government help, if only Trump would keep all those Immigrants out.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-31 07:17 PM | Reply

"Now for the kicker. I have watched ripe fields plowed under because the market prices are down, and claiming a loss will pay better than harvesting them."

I think we all know farmers are welfare queens.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-31 07:27 PM | Reply

#14 | Posted by snoofy, Not as aggressive as Monsanto, those guys make the Mafia look like boy scouts.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-31 07:29 PM | Reply

The worst has to be Tyson Chicken. They scare ISIS in their ruthlessness and pure criminality. That corporation is above the law. Not that the government in Arkansas would ever bite the hand that feeds them. Would Tyson resort to murder? Apparently they will to protect themselves and the politicians they own.

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-31 07:35 PM | Reply

Everyone is against someone else getting a check from Uncle Sugar until they pay 9 bucks for a gallon of milk.

#12 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

But milk didn't cost $9/gallon before the aid payments. Are you saying milk could be $9/gallon now because of Trump's tariffs?

#17 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-07-31 07:51 PM | Reply

#12 How do farmers in other countries produce milk for $3 a gallon without direct subsidies?

#18 | Posted by bored at 2019-07-31 07:56 PM | Reply

It looks like Canada gas $4 a gallon milk even with their supplier quota system that free market types say increases prices.

#19 | Posted by bored at 2019-07-31 08:01 PM | Reply

#17 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar

Docnjo is a friggin' moron.

Don't waste your time.

#20 | Posted by Angrydad at 2019-07-31 08:10 PM | Reply

But milk didn't cost $9/gallon before the aid payments. Are you saying milk could be $9/gallon now because of Trump's tariffs?

POSTED BY DEREK_WILDSTAR AT 2019-07-31 07:51 PM | REPLY

A gallon of raw milk goes for 3 dollars in my locale.

#21 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-07-31 08:29 PM | Reply

#21 | Posted by LauraMohr Don't try that in California. Hell, just don't do that- there is a reason we pasteurize milk. Raw milk occasionally kills people.
#18 | Posted by bored Last I saw milk in Germany cost about 2 bucks a liter, that is eight bucks a gallon. But one advantage German milk has it is shelf stable and doesn't need refrigerated until it is opened.
#18 | Posted by bored, Is that why they smuggle cheese into Canada from the US? Last I looked cheese is made from milk. Besides, they sell milk in bags.

#22 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-31 09:11 PM | Reply

Yes they smuggle cheese into canada because supply management increases the price of milk WITHOUT subsidies. So no subsidy milk is $4 a gallon. How would cutting US subsidies result in $9 a gallon milk?

Republican math?

#23 | Posted by bored at 2019-08-01 12:08 AM | Reply

I was in Berlin this spring and a gallon of milk was under 4 euro.

More Republican math.

#24 | Posted by bored at 2019-08-01 12:12 AM | Reply

#24 | Posted by bored, the math I used is the fact that subsides reduce the price about half, or are supposed to. But the majority of the cost of milk is transportation and treatment not the dairy.

#25 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-08-01 08:01 AM | Reply

I've been saying for years that we should end the farm subsidies.

Leave it to Republicans to throw the baby out with the bathwater: "The guy we elected ------ up one phase of a program so let's end the whole program."

Farm subsidies are a good thing, when done right and for the right reasons. This program meets neither of those criteria.

#26 | Posted by JOE at 2019-08-01 08:14 AM | Reply

"I've been saying for years that we should end the farm subsidies."

Eliminating farm subsidies would put just about every farm in the US out of business.

US farming is a national security issue. If we import 100% of our food supply, we would be vulnerable during times of war.

Funny how cancervatives will justify cutting out food stamps because of corruption and abuse by a small percentages of recipients, but fraud in farm subsidies is pushed under the rug because a great number of the benefits go to corporate owned farms that routinely vote GOP.

#27 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-08-01 09:31 AM | Reply

We will never end farm subsidies. They are a necessary evil.

And of course the subsidies are given to the larger producers (otherwise referred to as "wealthiest").

Subsidy is not welfare. You can try to call it that if you want....but it doesn't sell.

And yes....the republicans are massive hypocrites on this issue. demonize the poor for being on welfare but support billions in farm subsidies.

It's only because the voters are just so damn dumb.

#28 | Posted by eberly at 2019-08-01 09:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Industrial food supply and the security it provides is central to hegemony.

If you don't like it, vote 3rd party.

#29 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-01 09:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A problem which predates the orange sloth by a century.

#30 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-08-02 11:49 AM | Reply

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