Posts Tagged ‘USDA’

Government Raisin Ransacking


Friday April 24th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:50am PDT   •   2 Comments

“Central planning was thought to work very well in 1937,” observes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, “and Russia tried it for a long time.” So did the United States, through schemes such as the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Authorized by Congress during the New Deal, the Act set up cooperative boards…
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USDA at Odds with Immigrants’ Work Ethic


Thursday September 18th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:39pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Alvaro Vargas Llosa, a native of Peru, notes in his book Global Crossings that workers from many nations tend to migrate in search of employment opportunities and prosperity. In the new book A Race for the Future, Cuban native Mike Gonzalez shows how, from the 1940s into the 1960s, the Bracero program allowed Mexican…
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Nanny State Surge


Wednesday July 23rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:20am PDT   •   0 Comments

Every five years, the federal departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services convene the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The DGAC mission is to make sound nutritional recommendations based on the best scientific research. Unfortunately as Independent Institute Research Fellow Ernest Pasour notes, in recent years, the DGAC has conscripted nutritional concerns in the…
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Farm Pork Even After Death


Thursday August 8th, 2013   •   Posted by Carl Close at 3:57pm PDT   •   3 Comments

Federal farm subsidies are a cash cow for the more than one million Americans who collect about $20 billion in farm-income support, disaster assistance, and crop-insurance discounts paid each year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With that kind of money floating around, one might be tempted to assume that effective controls to prevent…
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U.S. Government’s Ethanol Boondoggle Raising Food Prices Worldwide


Thursday August 16th, 2012   •   Posted by David Theroux at 12:36am PDT   •   4 Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports in “Ethanol vs. the World: The corn fuel mandate is raising food prices and hurting the poor,” that the massive federal corporate welfare subsidies to corn farmers and mandates for ethanol production are “a man-made disaster that could be stopped if the EPA or others in Washington cared for…
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John Stossel at Fox Business recently hosted a superb one-hour program, “Freeloaders,” that brings up to date another program he did on the same subject at ABC’s “20/20” in 2006. In the new program, he critiques the welfare state in America and takes on major corporations, millionaire entertainers, panhandlers, Indian Reservations, and anyone on…
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