Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Hooked on Subsidy

Jay Bookman at the AJC talks about real American tax dollars at work in Brazil.

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4 comments:

Dante said...

Personally, I think this is a false choice. Defend the ridiculous state of seed patents or continue cotton subsidies? The answer isn't one or the other. The answer is "no."

Farmers shouldn't be paying royalties for seed they harvested from their own land because somewhere generations ago they bought seed from a particular supplier. Also, we shouldn't be masking the true price of cotton through government subsidies.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

To me, a false choice is usually a rhetorical device: big government vs. small government. Where there really isn't a "choice" in the matter at all.

These choices described are the actual policy choices decided upon. That makes them real choices, regardless of effectiveness, sanity, or history. Like them or not, this is option A and B, with no C on the table.

Though I agree with you wholeheartedly that there needs to be an option C that needs to be "no." Farmers should not be paying royalties for seed however many generations hence, and we should not be masking the true price of cotton through subsidies.

Thing is, we're addicted to our government subsidies, and neither the "big government" or "small government" parties are talking about ending them.

Dante said...

"Like them or not, this is option A and B, with no C on the table. "

On the contrary, the solution used was C. Unfortunately, that answer was "yes" instead of "no."

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Well, that's true, it was a multiple choice question with "C" representing "All of the Above."

I again posit that there was no politically viable or realistic option "D - None of the Above."

We've talked about the "None of the Above" option before. It is an option that needs to be available more often in American politics.