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Your Taxes for Dairymen

Where is Your Safety Net?

"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants."
- Albert Camus

Congress will soon enact new legislation to protect dairymen during hard economic times.

Milk producers will be paid tax dollars which, at this writing, no longer exist because 20 percent of Americans who once paid taxes no longer do, and because those tax dollars which Congress oversees are used for important things such as smart bombs and F-16 aviation fuel to keep people living in Iowa safe from dangerous people living in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I once learned in Kindergarten that America was free because we had Capitalism and not Communism and that if there was a need for a product, this would produce opportunity for entrepreneurial Americans to build businesses and create supplies to satisfy the demands.

We were never taught the word 'subsidy'.

So, in 2011, in a market where there is a decreasing demand, we are encouraging an increasing supply and have a government agency (USDA) purchasing the surplus which sits in caves and rots, or is sent to our friends in Afghanistan or Iraq as foreign aid.

Private cave owners are paid millions of dollars in rent so that those surplus dairy products can be stored. And were does the money to pay that rent come from? Don't ask.

"The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy."
- Charles de Montesquieu

Robert Cohen

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