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Originally posted by Kangaruex4Ewe
With the reality of food shortage looming on the horizon I was thinking to myself about how our government is helping us right along with that.
Paying subsidies to farmers to not produce is nothing new and has been occurring since the 30's. Thanks to "The New Deal" You can read more in depth here: en.wikipedia.org...
Here is a snippet of explanation on how this works (taken from above link): the aim of the AAA was to raise prices for commodities through artificial scarcity. The AAA used a system of "domestic allotments", setting total output of corn, cotton, dairy products, hogs, rice, tobacco, and wheat. The farmers themselves had a voice in the process of using government to benefit their incomes. The AAA paid land owners subsidies for leaving some of their land idle with funds provided by a new tax on food processing. The goal was to force up farm prices to the point of "parity", an index based on 1910–1914 prices. To meet 1933 goals, 10 million acres of growing cotton was plowed up, bountiful crops were left to rot, and six million baby pigs were killed and discarded. The idea was the less produced, the higher the wholesale price and the higher income to the farmer. Farm incomes increased significantly in the first three years of the New Deal, as prices for commodities rose. Food prices remained well below 1929 levels. A Gallup Poll printed in the Washington Post revealed that a majority of the American public opposed the AAA.
They were not joking either. This man grew a little more for his chickens. The government stepped right in :
This article is from the Washington Post: www.washingtonpost.com... It states that in 2006 atleast 1.3 billion dollars were spent to have farmers NOT produce.
This "artificial scarcity" thing has gotten out of hand IMO. There is a food shortage on the horizon and they are STILL paying these subsidies. The big question is why?
It is easier to enslave people when hunger is gnawing at them. What better way to gather indentured servants than with the promise of slaking their hunger?
Maybe I am mistaken. Maybe BB hasn't noticed the impending signs of food shortage.
What is your opinion? Are we being set up more by the day to depend on our benevolent leaders?edit on 14-1-2011 by Kangaruex4Ewe because: (no reason given)