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Charlie asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 6 years ago

Why do so many farmers support Republicans when they are totally dependent on the government?

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/0...

"Today, farmers make up just 2 percent of the work force, and they are better off than many other Americans. More and more farming is done by agribusiness conglomerates, while family farms are bigger and more profitable. According to the Census, farm households' income in 2010 averaged $84,400—25 percent higher than the national household average. Meanwhile, government-subsidized crop insurance minimizes the risks farmers face. In 2012, despite a historic drought across much of the country, farmers recorded record profits. Federally subsidized crop insurance compensated farmers for the crop failures caused by the drought at a rate based on the higher prices created by the shortage. "Farm subsidies," as a pair of scholars at the libertarian Cato Institute argued in a 2012 op-ed, "are welfare for the well-to-do.""

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  • Gary C
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    This is one of the great mysteries of American politics. To put it more broadly, why do so many people support political parties that are against their own interests?

    And why do those who rail against "big government" (farmers, energy companies, stockbrokers, pensioners, Alaskans) usually end up getting the biggest government subsidies?

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  • 6 years ago

    Actually, farmers would survive just fine without the govt....because they sell a product that people cannot live without.

    It is the public that would suffer when prices jumped following the govt ending farm subsidies.

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  • Pete
    Lv 6
    6 years ago

    Can you imagine what we would have if there were no farmers? The reason the government helps Farmers is so that they will not go broke and quit. No food, no milk, no vegetables, no fruit will be the result of that. It is not dissimilar than The banks and auto companies being saved by Obama and the democrats with billions in bailouts is it?

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    global warming - ethanol subsidies

    Marxist social engineering has only helped them financially, they have become hypocrites, however they have (though hypocritically) retained some of their ethics and principles and still vote republican

    the tentacles of government are wrapping themselves all around agriculture to destroy private ownership rights, food supplies, and regulations - they haven't bought the votes of everyone, just yet

    Fail - go and cry about it

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  • 6 years ago

    No one's ever been able to figure that one out, honey, and we've been trying for over half a century! lol

    Thang is, though, it drives are "liberal" frenz PLUMB CRAZY, and the rest of us find that too delicious for words. Imagine that, welfare recipients who are, after all is said and done, STILL too smart to vote for the Socialists. Enuf to make you "liberals" weep, ain't it, "liberal? roflmao

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  • 6 years ago

    It's asinine to think that $84,000 makes a farmer "well to do" when you have no idea what kind of overhead they have.

    • random_man
      Lv 7
      6 years agoReport

      That's actually a net income amount, after all overhead. So his point holds up. I'm not saying they don't deserve to make that money, farming is capital intensive, and takes hard work, but they, on average, do pretty well.

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    There is nothing patriotic about progressivism

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