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America's Broke Priorities

Guest Columnist | , Wilmer J. Leon Iii | 7/12/2012, 3:10 p.m.

Closer to home, U.S. taxpayers paid roughly $16 billion in 2011 in farm support. According to the New York Times, "... The most controversial of these programs are the $5 billion in annual so-called direct payments to farmers of corn, soybeans and other crops, awarded simply for owning tillable farm land, even if they do not plant on it." The newspaper continued, "Powerful interests and political traditions continue to constrain efforts to cut subsidies."

I don't hear conservatives screaming about that transfer payments to wealthy farmers and agri-business.

Robert Johnson is correct in saying there is a wealth gap Tsunami affecting African Americans The neo-cons are wrong to claim that there is no money to pay for social entitlement programs such as welfare, Medicare and Medicaid, social security, substantive job training and other education programs. Americans simply have to shift their focus. It's not that America is broke, its priorities are broken.

Wilmer Leon is the producer/ host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program "Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon," and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Go to his Prescription @ Face Book.com He can be reached at www.wilmerleon.com or by email: wjl3us@yahoo.com. www.twitter.com/drwleon

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