Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Arkansas Politicians as Bad Farmers

A couple of Arkansas legislators have been lining their pockets at the expense of taxpayers.
When the bill that would extend farm subsidies for five years goes to the Senate floor this week, eight senators will have special reason to pay close attention: They or their relatives collected about $3 million in federal payments from 1995 to 2005, according to government records compiled by a non-partisan environmental group. Records show Lincoln and her family members collected $715,000 from 1995-2005, the most recent year complete data are available. She said she personally received less than $10,000 a year, and the subsidies ended in 2005 when her land was sold. Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., says the system works well. He and his family's farming interests received almost $2.4 million in federal payments from 1995-2005, records show. His net worth in 2005 was $1.7 million to $6.6 million, according to his financial disclosure statement. "He has firsthand experience of how this really benefits farmers," said his spokeswoman, Angela Guyadeen

Yeah, I imagine he does and I getting firsthand experience paying multi-millionaire politicians to be lousy farmers.


rita said...

Dang, and here I've been not farming the family farm for free all these years. I need to get Blanche to hook me up.

Somehow I suspect it wouldn't work like that for me.

Valerie said...

Heck, slip her a little money. She'd be glad to help you out.

Jonah said...

Vote against any politician who supports this shameful waste of our tax dollars.