Government Subsidies

As a child , my first exposure to a government program was the so called Soil Bank, or Land Bank.

During
that particular time the American farmer, due to increased technology
and good growing years were producing record yields of corn. As a result
corn prices were falling so low it was hard to make a profit .


Instead
of letting the market determine the price , farmers would have resorted
to other means of producing an income if a profit in growing corn could
not have been attained. Instead, the government came up with the idea
of a soil bank, where a farmer could put his land in a soil bank and not
plant any crops. The government would pay him to  do nothing.


This
was back in the day when people didn’t expect handouts, especially from
the government. In fact it was still thought to be disgraceful to take
money from people who earned it and give it to people who didn’t earn
it, imagine that!


I
remember it being discussed a lot ,since the prices were low and it was
hard to make a living farming. In the end most didn’t participate in
the program, only a few.


The
few that did participate , put their acreage in the land bank program
and let their fields grow up in weeds.  Since they were thus unemployed,
they went into town and got jobs. Thereby earning a double income while
collecting a check from the taxpayers for doing nothing.


The
fields grew up in weeds and when the plants matured produced seeds that
were blown over the neighboring fields and contaminated the adjoining
area with undesirable plants. This resulted in the neighbors having to
deal with the additional problems of eradicating the weeds  the
following year..


Of
course, once a federal program is instituted, it never goes away and
these farmers continued to work in town and put their land in the soil
bank, thus receiving two incomes, one they didn’t earn, free money from
the taxpayers.


To
this day, whenever I pass some of these fields, I still think of those
times when a few took advantage of a program and made money off the
backs of the taxpayer for doing nothing. It has only gotten worse today,
with all the “free” money the government passes out each and every
year, to not only farmers, but many in the business world as well, it
has become almost impossible to make a living without some kind of
handout for Uncle Sam, making everyone dependent on the government.


Of course this is what they want, if we are dependent on them, we will vote for them. Let’s end the cycle now.

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