The Public Interest

American farm subsidies: a bumper crop

Alex E. McCalla , Elmer W. Learn & Philip L. Martin

Summer 1986

DURING THE PAST two hundred years, Jefferson’s maxim has become an integral part of American folklore and political rhetoric. Today, movies such as Country portray financially strapped farmers as victims of government policies—despite the fact that federal farm programs transferred an average of $12,000 to each farmer in 1983.

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