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The ‘reverse Robin Hood effect’ of farm handouts

The federal government takes the hard-earned money of taxpayers and gives handouts to farm households that generally make a lot more money than they do. This wealth transfer subsidizes the $15 billion “safety net” for agricultural producers, which ostensibly exists to help these businesses address agricultural risk.

Moore: How do things look as we wrap up 2017?

According to the most recent information from the federal Office of Management and Budget, the country has been experiencing 3 percent growth for the past three quarters, and that number appears to be holding for the fourth quarter. Growth like this has not been experienced since before the Great Recession.