You may have heard that 47 million Americans are on food stamps, or as they call it these days, SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But wait! There’s more!
What about subsidized lunches for children? Add 32 million.
What about school breakfast programs? What about WIC — Women, Infants, and Children?
Don’t forget snacks at day care centers.
Then there is the Special Milk Program for schools and a Summer Food Service Program. When schools close, the subsidies still flow.
There is a pattern here: agriculture wins. But the small farmer, in whose name the farm subsidy programs exist, disappeared after World War II. Only 2% of Americans live on farms.
Then who wins? Agribusiness. Conagra. Archer-Daniels-Midland. The big boys.
These programs never shrink. They always grow.