In the wake of an astonishing revelation that several of the United States’ wealthiest citizens (i.e. multi-billionaires) have received U.S. Department of Agriculture farm subsidies, several members of Congress are now taking a more incisive look at the various programs. According to the report, “Forbes Fat Cats Collect Taxpayer-Funded Farm Subsidies,” authored by the Environmental Working Group, the federal government paid out $11.3 million to 50 billionaires or farm businesses (between 1995 and 2012) in which they had an interest. And changes being considered to the Farm Bill could increase that take.
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As has been widely reported by media outlets, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) walked out of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service while Cuban president Raul Castro was speaking. Of course, Cruz framed the hasty egress as some kind of knock against the tyranny of the Castro brothers’ regimes.
It is a fitting coincidence that Nelson Mandela’s death should come so close to another seminal event in the cause of justice: the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.
We have repeatedly called for a more direct and dependable solution to economic malaise: growing our own. While less flashy and given to much smaller starts, it accords well with the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America the nation it is.
“Free Nelson Mandela
Everybody wants to be a winner, but Arkansas just won a contest that nobody likes: largest increase in reported bed bug cases.
We hope you are safely settled somewhere warm and dry. We hope you stay there.
All involved would likely agree that the most recent meeting of the Pine Bluff City Council was less than ideal. In particular, Mayor Debe Hollingsworth’s abrupt adjournment in response to questions from Alderman Glen Brown was not the best way to handle the situation.
In the opening credits of the gritty HBO crime series, “The Wire”, viewers see a street thug break a surveillance camera with a rock. It’s an act of contempt against the perceived omnipresence and intrusion of government into his neighborhood. But as regular viewers might note, the subject of “The Wire” was the violence of drug dealing.
The costly, counterproductive war on drugs has turned the United States into incarceration nation. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, 716 of every 100,000 people in this country are locked up, by far the highest rate in the world, well ahead of such beacons of freedom as Rwanda, Cuba and Russia.