The Farm Bill’s Seven Deadly Sins

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The House and Senate are set to pass a farm bill either Wednesday or Thursday that will cost Americans billions in higher taxes and food costs every year.

Farm subsidies supposedly exist to keep farmers afloat yet 90% of all payments go to just five crops (wheat, cotton, corn, soybeans and rice). Everything else you eat (fruits, vegetables, beef, poultry, etc.) is produced by farms that somehow manage to survive without government help.

As if that weren’t bad enough, Heritage scholar Brian Riedl has identified seven other reasons why President Bush should follow through on his threat to veto the farm bill as written: