Here's a link to the Register's editorial on the farm bill the Senate is about to pass -- essentially a minoir revisions of the wasteful and utterly unnecessary system we've had in place since the 1930s, when farm aid was supposed to be a temporary Depression-era program that would end once farmers got back on their feet. Well, they're on their feet and on the take -- at least the corporate farmers who get most of the goodies from taxpayers.
People used to argue that without federal subsidies there wouldn't be a supply of food we could rely on. Can you imaginer anything more absurd? Food is an absolute necessity, but nobody would produce it without a federal program?