Wednesday, February 6, 2013

GOD DID NOT MAKE THE COMMERCIAL

That was a PR firm for Chrysler. And, even though it is a damn good commercial it's only half of the story.

God did indeed make the farmer, BUT, when it comes to what farmers contribute to the America the commercial should also mention (if not give credit to) the American taxpayer;

Here's what the ad said;

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And here's what it didn't tell you;

Washington paid out a quarter of a trillion dollars in federal farm subsidies between 1995 and 2009, but to characterize the programs as either a “big government” bailout or another form of welfare would be manifestly unfair – to bailouts and welfare.
After all, with bailouts taxpayers usually get their money back (often with interest), while welfare recipients are subjected to harsh means-testing, time-limited benefits and a work requirement, all in order to receive modest-to-pitiful government benefits that are more or less uniform for every applicant.

None of those characteristics apply to America’s farm subsidy system, a sui generis contraption that might have sprung from the fevered anti-government fantasies of tea party cynics if Congress hadn’t thought it up first. The most recent beneficiaries – or at least the ones we are still able to track – are disclosed in this latest edition of the EWG Farm Subsidy Database.