What Do These Millionaires Have in Common? December 24, 2001

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, December 24, 2001

What Do These Millionaires Have in Common? December 24, 2001

What do the following people have in common: basketball player Scotty Pippin, media mogul Ted Turner and ABC news correspondent Sam Donaldson. Each is a millionaire or, in Turner’s case, a billionaire. Each also owns farmland and each is receiving subsidies from the taxpayers not to grow certain crops on their land.

The latest Farm Securities Act (don’t you love the name?) includes billions of new subsidies for farmers over the next decade. Could it be that politicians are trying to buy the farm vote?

Why is it that rich people like Pippin, Donaldson and Turner get these subsidies? Where are democrats who are always whining about how the rich get breaks from republicans? A lot of democrats vote for these subsidies.

We are back into deficit spending because of the war and a sagging economy. What in the world are we doing giving rich people farm subsides for not producing anything? When was the last time you wrote your congressman and senator? I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.

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