If the GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions wants more jobs he can start by slashing $40 million in farm subsidiesby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on May. 22, 2013, under economic news, Legal Immigration Reform
The Southern Republican Senator Jeff Sessions unfortunately has his economic facts mixed up as it relates to job creation and legal immigration.
Economic think tank, CATO Institute writes:
“According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are 3.1 related jobs off the farm for every job on the farm. Eliminating the on-farm jobs would put at risk many more jobs paying middle-class wages and employing native-born American workers.”
The definition of a subsidy is: A sum of money granted by the government or a public body to assist an industry or business.
In other words, some Republicans who claim to be for small government and against welfare seem to be in support of billions of dollars via subsidies that will help corporations — or in other words welfare for businesses.
If Sessions is so concerned about jobs (even though immigrant labor provides more jobs), why doesn’t he reduce farm subsidies and create jobs from the $40 million in welfare given to these Alabama agricultural companies?
Indeed one of the BIGGEST disadvantages for farm subsidies has to do with the below:
The subsidies work as a price control by paying farmers to leave fields unplanted in times when the market is experiencing a surplus. Instead of using the excess crops to feed the needy, the farmers are not growing, yet being paid to do so. Farm subsidies also inhibit the normal market cycle. With the exception of disaster payments, the cash from farm subsidies prevent the normal fluctuation in price due to supply and demand. This makes the price completely dependent on government intervention, according to the Environmental Working Group Farm Subsidy Primer.
A SOLUTION: Jeff Sessions should work to reduce the millions and millions of Alabama farm subsidy recipients that totaled $45,003,000 in 2011, and provide grants for small business investors with some of that money. It is a stupidly thing for government to pay farmers that leave fields unplanted and “unworked.”
People want to WORK. It is ridiculous to waste money in unattended fields. We ought to put money to work.
(* ownership information available)
|Location||Subtotal, Farming Subsidies
|1||Devaney Brothers Farms ∗||Madison, AL 35756||$262,222|
|2||Martin Farm ∗||Courtland, AL 35618||$245,896|
|3||Haney Farms ∗||Athens, AL 35611||$244,592|
|4||Triple R Farms ∗||Benton, AL 36785||$228,745|
|5||Liikatchka Plantation General Par ∗||Eufaula, AL 36027||$208,290|
|6||Underwood Farms ∗||Leighton, AL 35646||$179,228|
|7||Newby Farms ∗||Athens, AL 35613||$170,700|
|8||Darden Bridgeforth And Sons ∗||Tanner, AL 35671||$168,436|
|9||Hamilton Farms ∗||Hillsboro, AL 35643||$162,474|
|10||Blythe Cotton Company ∗||Town Creek, AL 35672||$161,936|
|11||Shaw Farms ∗||Tanner, AL 35671||$156,821|
|12||Westover Planting Co ∗||Eufaula, AL 36027||$154,816|
|13||Isbell Farms ∗||Muscle Shoals, AL 35662||$151,536|
|14||Driskell Cotton Farms ∗||Grand Bay, AL 36541||$149,550|
|15||Moravec St Elmo Farms ∗||Saint Elmo, AL 36568||$145,195|
|16||Ward Farms ∗||Atmore, AL 36502||$136,267|
|17||Helton Brothers Farm ∗||Atmore, AL 36504||$133,884|
|18||J B Hain Co ∗||Sardis, AL 36775||$131,215|
|19||Mullek Farms ∗||Robertsdale, AL 36567||$126,778|
|20||Cannon Farms ∗||Theodore, AL 36590||$126,207|