A New York Post editorial/opinion by Victor Davis Hanson concludes with the opinion that the Department of Agriculture should be eliminated. “It is long past time to eliminate the department—or at least rename it ‘The Department of Food Subsidies.’” He also used the title ‘Department of Grotesque Payoffs’ as a headline for the opinion piece.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture no longer serves as a lifeline to millions of struggling homestead farmers. Instead, it is a vast, self-perpetuating postmodern bureaucracy with an amorphous budget of some $130 billion—a sum far greater than the nation's net farm income this year,” Hanson wrote.
He contends USDA will give a record $20 billion in ‘supports’ to the “nation’s wealthiest farmers.” He notes $5 billion in “ethanol subsidies that goes to the nation’s corn farmers.” And then he claims “our elected officials always find a trendy excuse like ‘green energy’ or ‘national security’ to continue welfare to agribusiness.”
Then Hanson jumps to suggesting most people receiving food stamps, which is overseen by the USDA, don’t deserve them. The claim since the food coupons social program was invented is repeated by Hanson—people on food stamps spend their money on non-essential items such as alcohol and snacks.
Hanson then jumps another direction to claim there is extreme fraud in the African-American federal farmer-lending program discrimination settlement. He writes that “the number of would-be recipients claiming past discrimination far exceeds the number who actually farmed.”
Read the full New York Post column.