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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Got Milk?

Time to end the milk subsidy--quick, while milk hovers near $4.50 and is headed toward $5 per gallon! Dean Foods, the nation's largest supplier of dairy products, issued a profit warning today, due to high input costs, but that doesn't matter politically. Please, please would some enterprising conservative step up and tell the people that a chunk of that $5 they're laying down to put milk in the kids' cereal is actually a subsidy to large corporations (for the most part--I know the small dairy farmer still exists, but he's a tiny minority)?! Now is the time to end one of the stupidest interferences with the market there ever was, and to make a tiny dent in the vast monstrosity of agricultural corporate welfare. Sure, these corporations make big political contributions, but this spring has been an exciting season of watching the people speak up to bring down massive idiocies, particularly at the federal level (witness the second defeat of the unwanted "comprehensive immigration reform" today). If there were a conservative out there with the vision to turn this into a talking point, it would be easy to convince consumers, NOW, while milk costs a lot more than gas, that subsidies to corporate dairy must go. Anyone? Anyone? ......


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do know, don't you, that the milk subsidy is based on the distance you are from Eau Claire, Wisconsin? The big subsidies go to the East and West coast dairy farmers, and our local family farms take it on the chin, while we all pay the big prices.

J. Ewing

7/01/2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger John Galt said...

Yes, I knew that about the subsidy. I'm not much swayed by local vs non-local concerns when it comes to interferences with the market. Whether I'm paying a higher subsidy or a lower subsidy, whether my local farmers are getting a bigger or smaller chunk--those things are really irrelevant to the main point, which is that subsidizing milk production should stop. As should health care subsidies, corn subsidies, sugar subsidies, tax breaks to induce corporations to locate near or far from me, etc. Heck, I'd even be willing to give up the mortgage interest deduction.

7/09/2007 1:51 PM  

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