Thursday, September 17, 2009

Milk protest

This is what welfare does to people:

Farmers spray milk on a field in Ciney, Belgium, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. Farmers in Belgium dumped 3 million liters (790,000 gallons) of fresh milk on a field to underscore that European producers can't make a living from current rock-bottom milk prices.

...Dairy farmers are demanding tougher production quotas and more financial aid to stave off bankruptcy, as milk prices crash to as low as 18 euro cents ($.26) a kilo, well below the 40 cents ($.58) they say they need to cover costs.
In other words, consumers should both be forced to pay higher prices for dairy products as well as give milk producers a direct handout. It would be bizarre if, say, video game manufacturers tried this, but it's somehow legitimate for milk producers. I suppose you can't blame them too much, for this milk welfare is all they know.

And before anyone laughs too hard at the Belgians, keep in mind that we do basically the same thing here in the U.S.

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