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rich, welfare, Conservation Reserve Program, Export Enhancement Program, Public Law 104-208, Public Law 104-191Opinion

Fairbanks Newsminer,
letters to the Editor,
Published August 7 1997

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Smoky wind

To the editor:

The winds of change are sweeping across the country, proponents suggest it's a wind of independence, personal rights, and responsibilities. This wind has been called a revolution of sorts.

Others wonder if the winds of change are sweeping across a cow pasture.

Upon closer examination the latter seems to be true.

Though aid to the poor is being cut drastically, aid to the rich is relatively unchanged.. "Take the rich off welfare," a book by Mark Zepezauer noted that we spend three and a half times on aid to the rich as to the poor. Hand-outs to the rich in 1996 include:

Conservation Reserve Program, $1.8 billion; this program pays farmers not to grow crops on their land (CATO Institute).

Export Enhancement Program, 350 million; this program allows of mainly wheat and other grains to sell their product overseas at a discount. The main benefactors of this program seem to be major grain producers such as Carghill,continental Grain, and French owned Louis Dreyfus (Cato Institute).

The personal rights arena is just about as dismal. A few examples are:

Public Law 104-208 gave us national "ID card" legislation. Proof of citizenship or mark of the beast?

Public Law 104-191 creates a national medical data base. Making your most private medical records much less private.

I am sure there are a million and one excuses why the new Congress has acted in such a manner. In the final Analysis; the revolution was nothing more than a smoke screen for more of the same.

rich, welfare, Conservation Reserve Program, Export Enhancement Program, Public Law 104-208, Public Law 104-191