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Monday, May 2, 2016

greater depression milk dump


GREATER DEPRESSION MILK DUMP

The last series What Not To Bring To The Apocalypse is not over.  I still have a third of the way to go.  I just needed to take a little break and mix up the writing.  Don’t worry, it will be back for another five days, before you know it.

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Back in the Great Depression, milk was dumped to reduce the supply to attempt to force the price up as the surplus was simply too great ( that might have actually happened prior to the Depression, but it is one of those images that has stuck in folks heads associated with the later period ),  then FDR started sending food surplus to the Allies even though we weren’t in a war.  At the time it was farmer welfare.  Better to buy their milk and do something with it than have them join the ranks of the unemployed ( actually, I think it had more to do with protecting the bankers mortgage payments, but that is just me being unreasonably cynical [ and, yes, I’m aware that not all the independents were yet under the iron fist of the Federal Reserve and its few approved member giants just yet.  But their assets were being eyed by the big banks already, and an independent with plenty of performing mortgages was a nice meal to buy pennies on the dollar.  Just as FDR built airplane ore smelters under the earlier guise of flood and irrigation public works, so too could he have use farmer bail-outs as a back door banker welfare ]).

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Today we still have many forms of farmer welfare, but since we really have very few farmers left, and just peon labor on giant corporation controlled mega-farms, it is more accurately just Corporate Welfare.  Let me share one of those corporate welfare schemes.  The modern Milk Dump, this time happening in the Greater rather than the Great depression.  I understand this has been going on for some time, prior to the 2005 global conventional petroleum Peak and prior to the 2007 Housing Bubble, but this is something you should know about.  Both because these corporate pricks are the same ones crying poor because a few Blacks in the ghetto are getting welfare and because long before this corporate welfare is ever cut, you can bet seniors on Social Security and poor Whites on disability will see their benefits eroded first.  All those Blacks getting free diapers and formula and milk and frozen pizza?  Who do you think benefits from that?  Not really the poor.   Sure, they are part of the Free Crap Army, the maligned group conservatives and other asswhores love to hate.  But who REALLY profits from this welfare?  The corporations selling that stuff, and the bankers who process the electronic transactions.

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Would you like to know how nice it is to be a grocery store dumping milk?  At a cost of $2.50 a gallon, each unsold gallon given to a food bank gets them around $8 in a tax write-off ( do NOT quote that figure in any legal document-I achieved it second hand in a statement that started “If I remember correctly…” ).  Now, while that is a swell deal for a corporate grocery chain, it is also a nice knock on effect up and down the “food chain” ( pun intended ).  The corporation that owns the dairy farm, and all who supply it, and all who process and warehouse and transport that extra product also are indirect beneficiaries of this corporate welfare, this version of “paying you to not grow wheat”.  Hell, this probably also benefit’s the company that makes hot dogs as the old used up chemical infused carcasses of the milk cows are sold cheap.  It would of course be so much cheaper to just put every American making less that $30k a year on Food Stamps, but evidently that would cut down on the profits of the corporations, if waste pays far more than extra customers. 

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And this is just one of the corporate welfare practices.  Imagine how many more there are.  Imagine how destructive to our economy and environment this is, forcing crops out of denuded drought stricken land, all for extra pennies of profit per item per corporation.  Now multiply that by a LOT more.  Mercantilism at its best.  Oops, sorry Rush, I mean Free Market.

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15 comments:

  1. Well then, if that's the case, if I was the dairy farmer I'd just *say* I dumped the milk, get that $8/gal write off, then turn around and sell the milk to local mom & pops at a steep discount (say $1/gal) for cash money. ~ double-dawg-dippin ~

    Play da man like a $2 chinese 3 stringed fiddle.

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    1. It has to be given to charity, as far as I know.

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    2. Remember, selling to "local moms and pops" WILL get a SWAT team invited to your farm.

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    3. Set the Milk down on the ground at your feet, and take two steps BACK from it.
      -eviltwin

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    4. And prepare to be tazed, just in case.

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    5. 1202: render unto Caesar until it hurts. Then give more.

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  2. Starbucks has annoused it will be donating 100% of its unsold food to food pantries. Jim we are old enouph to remember paper food stamps and commodity milk ,cheese,canned beef pork and dry goods.You work with a pantry can you imagine the riots if we went back to COMMODITY SURPLUS instead of ebt cards? P.S.as a kid I loved that cheese.

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    1. Yes, Starbucks contacted us, AND gave us totes to rotate. Pastries, though, no sandwiches. Still, they really are cool about it. Do they make canned chitlins? One way to forestall riots :)

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    2. Gary, that cheese was gold when it came out of that loaf sized spam can. My old man ran a country store and some months that was all he got for payment from some of his credit customers. He would bail some of them out of jail so they could work and pay him back some of the tabs he let them run up. He was a softie when he knew they had little ones at home with nothing to eat. There were times in the winter when some of them lived on flour, lard and .g0v cheese.

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  3. All those Blacks getting free diapers and formula and milk and frozen pizza?

    You forgot the Bama-Phones...


    I almost want an economic collapse just so all the free stuff goes away.

    Chuck Findlay

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    1. Well, again, be careful what you wish for. No Bammy phones means no Social Security.

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    2. Yes, be careful what you wish for. The Arab spring was a lot about deceeased food subsidies for the poor. When the masses get upset, no gaurantee you won't be the one hung from the nearest lamp post.

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    3. One of the few good things about the collapse will be the ones hanging from the lampposts. Commupences are sweet indeed.

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  4. You can't keep 'em down in the ghetto without payments.
    All colors included.

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    1. Which is why welfare will go as long as possible.

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