White potatoes finally legal for WIC purchase

    In the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, more familiar to most as the Broadway play and Hollywood movie “My Fair Lady,” the protagonist, Henry Higgins takes in an underclass Cockney girl and attempts to change her into a proper British lady. The CRomnibus bill provided interesting insight into how government entitlement programs attempt to play the role of Henry Higgins. They are less concerned with providing | Read More »

    The War on… Dog Breeders?

    In what should come as a surprise to approximately three people (namely, those left who still think the government wouldn’t leak things), the government is still leaking things. Absurd things. The United States Department of Agriculture is handing over lists of dog breeders to perpetual bad commercial releasers, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals AKA ASCPA AKA that day-ruining advertisement with | Read More »

    Will John Lewis accuse Obama of “comin’ for our children”?

    USDA cuts assistance to 600,000 women and children while increasing subsidies for wineries and alcoholic beverage distilleries. Back in 1995 when the first Republican House majority in 40 years proposed welfare reform and a smaller increase in the federal school lunch program than had been appropriated in the previous fiscal year, civil rights icon and Democratic representative of the city of Atlanta in Congress, John | Read More »

    Food stamps for illegal aliens

    There has been much controversy over the government’s efforts to advertise welfare programs, particularly the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as the “food stamp” program.  Only they’re not “stamps” any more.  The dependent masses of Food Stamp Nation get a little credit card, called an EBT Card, which they can use in the checkout lines, just like people who pay for their own | Read More »

    The Rural Housing Bubble

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Lachlan Markay to discuss a failed USDA housing program, how this contributes to America’s mortgage problems and what the next scandal may be from the Obama administration.

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    Too Big to Fail: The Agriculture Rackets

    Remember 2008 and the meltdown in the financial sector? We heard the phrase “too big to fail” enter the political lexicon. It even led to a popular political movement- the Tea Party. The argument was that once the Federal government started to bail out banks with taxpayer money, it would open the spigot of federal intervention in other sectors of the economy that may not | Read More »

    Green Border Security is as Effective as Green Energy

    Energy productivity isn’t the only thing that is hampered by laws governing so-called endangered species.  For decades, the Departments of Interior and Agriculture have encumbered border security operations with layers of environmental restrictions and regulations.  Additionally, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been forced to pay millions in taxpayer dollars, known as mitigation funds, to offset the “environmental effects” of their roads, fences, | Read More »

    Green Border Security is as Effective as Green Energy

    Energy productivity isn’t the only thing that is hampered by laws governing so-called endangered species.  For decades, the Departments of Interior and Agriculture have encumbered border security operations with layers of environmental restrictions and regulations.  Additionally, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been forced to pay millions in taxpayer dollars, known as mitigation funds, to offset the “environmental effects” of their roads, fences, | Read More »

    Obama to farmer: ‘Call the USDA.’

    So, Wednesday – while campaigning in Illinois, although I understand that we’re supposed to pretend that Obama isn’t actually campaigning, for some bizarre reason – the President of the United States faced with a technical question (the effects of new EPA’s soil and dust regulations on Illinois farmers) by a technical expert (an Illinois farmer). Despite the fact that the technical question is in fact | Read More »

    Obama to farmer: ‘Call the USDA.’

    So, Wednesday – while campaigning in Illinois, although I understand that we’re supposed to pretend that Obama isn’t actually campaigning, for some bizarre reason – the President of the United States faced with a technical question (the effects of new EPA’s soil and dust regulations on Illinois farmers) by a technical expert (an Illinois farmer). Despite the fact that the technical question is in fact | Read More »

    Obama Administration and the USDA mess

    Let’s see, discrimination-check, racial prejudice-check, causing racial turmoil-check, using their power for self-serving gains-check, promoting a their own progressive agenda-check, promoting social justice to favor themselves-check, pointing the blame finger at others-check, making you out to be a victim-check, somehow blaming others for not doing their job-check. Boy, these Tea Party people are sure racist!! They need to be…..wha’…this was a black woman…er’…then…I mean…a black | Read More »

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    ..But It’s Tougher If You’re Stupid

    Let’s say I bully an employer into hiring me for a lucrative salary. Let’s say further that I work with a group of people that I have just run through the wringer via class action lawsuits. In the process of doing this, I succeed in helping some of my friends force this organization to pay out three times as many claims as there are legitimate | Read More »

    The War on Salt… Crystallized.

    This article (H/T: The New Ledger) says absolutely everything that you need to know about the messianic zealots assailing the Food and Drug Administration right now. Quick context: somebody in North Carolina (quick, North Carolinian voters: how does your legislator feel about wrecking the taste of your bacon?) noticed that the FDA is gearing up a set of rules on sodium levels that might have | Read More »

    The War on Salt… Crystallized.

    This article (H/T: The New Ledger) says absolutely everything that you need to know about the messianic zealots assailing the Food and Drug Administration right now. Quick context: somebody in North Carolina (quick, North Carolinian voters: how does your legislator feel about wrecking the taste of your bacon?) noticed that the FDA is gearing up a set of rules on sodium levels that might have | Read More »

    What Hath Big Government Wrought?

    When I was a kid (mid- to late-’60s), nightly TV news shows were everyone’s source of information. Alongside from the flickering bland-and-white coverage of the Vietnam war and protesting hippies, I distinctly remember stories that would be foreign to us in 2009: food prices. Yes, food prices. Right there in the segment where today you’d expect to see updates on gasoline prices, you’d have David | Read More »