Where your tax dollars might go
Some of you might have heard about the Livestock Compensation Program
that is costing taxpayers $1.2 billion since it was created in 2002.
This program rewards farmers and ranchers for any weather-related
disaster declared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or any
disaster at all declared by the President. The problem? It does so
without requiring farmers to prove any actual loss.
To exemplify the absurdity of this here are some facts: ranchers have
collected about $1 million for an ice storm that took place a year and a
half before the program was even created, others received $1.6 million
for an earthquake that caused them no loss, and the 2003 space shuttle
explosion provided them with another $5 million.
According to John A. Johnson, deputy administrator for farm programs
for the USDA "what was meant as disaster assistance ended up being given
to people who didn't have a need or a loss."
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