I must disagree. Those who claim to value small government and capitalism, but disavow themselves of said principles for every illicit opportunity tossed to them as an incentive for re-election by their representatives are scum. Just because they claim, "But I'm just playing by the rules," doesn't change anything, it is why we are where we are today in terms of creeping socialism and encroaching big government. And yes, I feel the same way about all government subsidies and tax deductions designed to encourage immoral or irresponsible behavior. In this case it is both immoral and irresponislbe; immoral because it gives an unfair advantage to an industry that could not exist under ordinary market conditions, raising the cost of food for the masses at the expense of a few greedy farmers and processors. Irresponsible because of the effects on food prices and the damage done to our small engines, and other unintended consequences not thought through.
Actually, I agree with your arguments exactly and apply them to Mitt Romney, where FReepers line up to “disavow themselves of said principles”.
Except you’ll have a tough time convincing anyone that tax deductions for business expenses are immoral.