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The State: An Anecdote

Reported in "Harper’s Index" (Harper’s, October 2006, page 13):

Minimum amount of USDA farm subsidies since 2000 that have been paid out to people who do not farm: $1,300,000,000.

That’s $1.3 billion.  One program.  And this by an institution — the state — that many conservatives trust to build nations abroad and many left-liberals trust to make better decisions for each of us individually than each of us individually will make for ourselves.