[Reading] ➵ The Big Handout ➼ Thomas M. Kostigen – Metalstampedmemories.info

The Big Handout Just Reading The Word Subsidies May Cause Many People S Eyes To Glaze Over We Don T Think Itaffects Us Directly, So We Tune Out But It Turns Out That This Complicated Sounding Issue Has An Enormous Impact On All Of Us The Big Handout Is About Bad Fiscal, Environmental, Agricultural, Water, Energy, Health, And Foreign Policies And It S A Story About Just One Thing Subsidies.A Subsidy Is A Grant By The Government To A Private Business That Is Deemed Advantageous To Thepublic Cotton, Wheat, Corn, Soy, And Oil Are The Most Subsidized Commodities In The United States Inthis Eye Opening Book, New York Times Best Selling Author Thomas Kostigen Explores Government Policies That Cost Taxpayers 200 Billion Per Year, Over 1,500 Per Household In Some Cases We Pay For Subsidized Goods Than We D Pay In A Free Market And, In The Most Shocking Abuses Of The Subsidy System, We Pay For Goods That Aren T Even Produced The Big Handout Exposes How Artificial Pricing Hurts Us And People Worldwide, From Our Waistlinesand Pocketbooks To Our Health By Revealing Just How Toxic America S Subsidy System Has Become, For Everyone, The Big Handout Is A Wake Up Call That Empowers Readers To Effect Change. This book makes an interesting counterpoint to Clean Energy Nation, by Congressman Jerry McNerney, which I reviewed in August McNerney is a Democrat, has a high regard for the sustainable energy policies pursued by President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s while regretting the micromanagement and lack of higher level political skills that helped to doom those policies, thinks well of Clinton and Obama, and is not so fond of Ronald Reagan and George W Bush Kostigen is libertarian leaning, considers the Cato Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation good and respectable sources, and admires Ronald Reagan as one of our great presidents These two men are not coming from the same place, in their political worldviews.Yet the underlying central message of the two books is the same Our economic, energy, and agricultural policies are unsustainable, doing damage to our planet, endangering our national security, and making us poorer McNerney attacked the problem from the perspective of energy We pay bout 1,500 per household for food subsidies however, these subsidies do not reduce our market prices significantly, instead they fuel world terrorism as poor farmers cannot globally compete due to unfair trading Moreover, these subsidies lead to unhealthy eating as unhealthy foods are subsidized, and the subsidies lead to environmental degradation as they contribute to bad environmental behavior so is the premise of the book The figures are really shocking just billions of subsidies spent each year on meat, dairy, corn, sugar, fish but so little on fruits and vegetables Corn is then made into high fructose corn syrup, which has fructose than cane sugar, worse for the body than sugar 184 Subsidized fruits and vegetables make up 2.5% of farm subsidies 112 Moreover, being able to afford to eat healthy is another issue A UCLA study found that a typical grocery bill consumes three times as much of a low income family s income than a middle income family s income 115 We dump our goods on third world markets that cannot defend themselves that is they cannot compete for profit, for economic survival, so they are left humiliated and with no other options and turning to terrorism can become salvation 194 The WHO found subsidies in America l Kostigen paints a detailed, alarming picture of how the whole subsidy system, started during the Depression in good or better faith, has now become a mighty albatross around taxpayer necks and a source of anti American ill will worldwide Most troubles stem from cheap Corn and Soy, whose subsidized abundance ripples through the beef, dairy, poultry, and pork industries, not to mention the totally messed up energy industry Lord, how I hate ethanol There are brief stops along the way in the land of Cotton, Steel, Oil, and Gas equally fascinating and depressing.I ll be reviewing the book extensively on my UrbanFarmJunkie blog this week www.urbanfarmjunkie.blogspot.com tag The Big Handout , but I d have to say it was overall a demoralizing read Motivating politicians of either stripe to change the system and motivating all those recipients of subsidies to give them up for the common good sounds this side of impossible, so I ll have to settle for my usual MO encouraging peopl

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