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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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