Taxpayers should realize that their unintentional contributions to big agribusiness are a problem for local farmers and more necessary political programs.
The problem seems to be an inconsistency between American farmers’ need for subsidies and their desire for an ideal free market.
Most small, local farms could not exist without some help from the government, but on larger scales, these subsidies raise questions from free-market traditionalists.
Should presumably self-sufficient private entities’ profit be shared with the government? To what degree?
Never miss a local story.
Our personal answers to these questions make up what could be called our economic ethic or belief.
Recent use of taxes has called into question the ethics of the national government, regarding intrusion into a theoretically free market.
Just as small businesses could not exist without fiscal assistance from the government, that government needs similar assistance from profitable corporations.
This is a growing problem without a black-and-white solution, and like other issues in America, it will take bipartisan cooperation to slowly begin to mend.