Tuesday, July 18, 2006

All Hat, No Cattle

A two year federal program handed out $1.2 billion of your tax dollars to farmers and ranchers who were supposed to be on hard times.

The Washington Post found the Livestock Compensation Program sent $635 million of that to people who'd suffered no drought or other problems.

They found one rancher who was informed by Washington that he could apply for up to $40,000 because a piece of the space shuttle Columbia crashed ten miles from his ranch. In all, Washington spent $5 million on Texas ranchers for space shuttle damage -- most of which was unnoticible.

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