Skip to comments.Dead “farmers” and corporations getting billions of our tax dollars from phony Farm Subsidy Act
Posted on 06/07/2010 7:06:57 AM PDT by jmaroneps37
A recent study discovered 234 dead people were collecting farm subsidy money just in South Florida alone. These deceased farmers received $9.5 million during recent years, but they werent the only beneficiaries of government largesse. Another study found, between 2003 and 2007, 2702 people worth at least $2.5 million, including a part owner of a sports franchise, were collecting checks as were supposedly ineligible United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia residents. Records indicate $49 million went to millionaires.
Army of lobbyists
Grabbing farm subsidy money is big business. There are 1200 lobbyists, making $133 million, knocking on doors on Capitol Hill. Their job is to keep the money flowing and they do it very well. As usual when the government starts out on a well intentioned give away program, this one has gone terribly wrong. The Heritage Foundation has found that 10% of beneficiaries are getting 75% of the money. What stated as a 1930s way to help small farmers has morphed into a giant sinkhole of payments to corporations and individuals in favored states.
Worst still is that since 1996 the government has paid people and corporations NOT to farm their land. This temporary measure was supposed to expire but it has grown instead.
The biggest face in this trough is Kent Conrads.
In 2008 Conrad wrote a Farm Subsidy bill that was supposed to reduce the federal dollars being stolen through this program. Instead he added $300 billion to it and created an emergency fund to aid farmers in.. disaster[s].
Is there any wonder that since the bill went into law his state North Dakota has wrung out more money than any state save for Texas which is nearly 39 times larger in population?
Conrad not the only pig
Arkansas Democrat Senator Blanche Lincolns family has ...
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So, if you're a "millionaire" farmer who is otherwise eligible for the subsidy, you shouldn't get it? The subsidy is not meant as a wealth-redistribution mechanism, but as an agricultural control mechanism. What does one's net worth have to do with that?
it’s a price control mechanism btw.
With the price of farmland at about $1200 per acre, one doesn’t have to have a very large farm to own $1 million worth of land.
Farm subsidies need to end.
Look at the midwest...grain, dairy, and more.... talk conservative but are face first in the USDA’s money-trough.
Dead farmers paid millions ...
Someone is collecting ...
Sounds like a case of identify fraud and who is to know,..?
God help us in our day, in Jesus name, amen.
I have 2 acres. I need to find a way to get some of that. Maybe I’ll plant bananas and when the crop fails I’ll seek federal aid.
Bingo! In recent cycles those “proud conservative” mid west farmers have talked good games but not delivered. People naively ask “How can North Dakota and South Dakota have 3 Democrat Senators between them?’ The answer is simple these guys are their bagmen.
$1200 per acre
You need a little research there, friend. It’s going for $5-6000/acre for productive farm ground lately. (Land speculation)
Subsidies are bad, umkay?
Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and her family having received farm subsidies while Lincoln has voted on and shaped farm aid as a senator.
Lincoln - long a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and now its chair - and subsidies received by farms owned by the Lambert family of Phillips County (her maiden name)
persons and corporations related to Lambert family farms in Phillips County received $770,000 from 1995-2009 under federal subsidy programs.
Farming operations owned by her brother, Jordan Lambert III, have received the lions share - $510,167, its figures show. The group shows subsidies continuing to flow to Martha Lambert of Phillips County, Lincolns mother, through 2009. Those total $170,269.
Lincoln Blocked Stronger Limits On Ag Subsidies While She Collected Them
Lincoln (known as Blanche Lambert, her maiden name, for the purposes of collecting subsidies) and her family received around $715,000 over a ten-year period from 1995-2005
$1200 per acre? Where is that?
I looked at my state and the top money maker was the Navaho reservation, after that, dairies.
I was wondering the same, it runs around 3-4K around here.