Thursday, November 17, 2005

I think Steve will like this

column from George Will. Are we going to see a battle between the social conservatives and small government conservatives? It seems possible-but would certainly seriously weaken the part in the short-term. Of note:
In 1991, the 546 pork projects in the 13 appropriation bills cost $3.1
billion. In 2005, the 13,997 pork projects cost $27.3 billion for things like
improving the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio (Packard, an automobile
brand, died in 1958).

Washington subsidizes the cost of water to encourage farmers to produce
surpluses that trigger a gusher of government spending to support prices. It is
almost comforting that $2 billion is spent each year paying farmers not to
produce. Farm subsidies, most of which go to agribusinesses and affluent
farmers, are just part of the $60 billion in corporate welfare that dwarfs the
$29 billion budget of the Department of Homeland Security.

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