Subsidy anyone?

Here’s a portion of an article I read at

The federal government recently announced a new $54 million, 12-week campaign using TV spots to encourage smokers to give up the habit, and state and federal spending on anti-smoking efforts have topped $800 million in some years.

Taxpayers may wonder, then, why the latest farm bill approved by the Senate contains support for the industry responsible for the product targeted by those anti-smoking ads – tobacco farming.

From 1995 through 2011, the federal government paid out $1.329 billion in subsidies for the tobacco industry.

Farm subsidies include commodity payments, crop insurance, marketing support, and agricultural research, and total agricultural subsidies have topped $20 billion in most recent years.

My late father would label this as ‘throwing good money after bad’. I call it corruption.

Now I’m sure there are some of us who would acknowledge that amount of money is a trifle compared with our federal budget that is in the trillions… tell that to the unemployed, those facing eviction, and the homeless.

No don’t tell them. Tell your representative and senators!  Tell them this type of spending needs to STOP – NOW! 

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.


Final words —

“Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” – - – Henry Clay

“Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.” – - – Fred Woodworth

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – - – George Washington

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Anthony Dziedzic draws upon his many years experience as an information technology professional and company executive in developing the principles and methods of TeamTacks(tm) and the guidelines presented in the Ten Commandments of Teamwork. The ideas and disciplines presented in Mr. Dziedzic's 'Motivated on Purpose' series of workshops and presentations have been published and quoted in Information Technology trade journals: Datamation, InformationWeek and CIO.
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