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From Reader's Digest... Why do the lobbyists always win? Why does the political system even allow lobbyists to exist? Why are farm subsidies even allowed? Does this occur in other countries?

FTA: "Why in the world is Washington sending subsidy checks to millionaires, foreign residents, and corpses? The answer can be found in one of the most maddening federal programs around: farm subsidies. Every year, the government spends more than $13 billion on subsidies to farmers and agribusinesses-much of it in cash payments that keep coming regardless of economic and crop conditions... The agricultural industry, with 1,200 registered lobbyists in Washington, spends about $133 million a year to make sure the money keeps flowing... Oh, and don’t forget the people who are paid not to farm."

Phony Farmers Exposed - Billions in tax dollars go to frauds who have never plowed a field. How did the system get so corrupt?


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Jul 2, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=249

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