Subsidies and the 4th District Of Iowa (Rep. Steve King) Summary Information
4th District and the shutdown, this article describes the predominant sentiment in the 4th district, and certainly Rep. King’s loudly proclaimed views, on the “shutdown” and even “default” as being not so bad. Mr. King gets a solid vote from its voters.
From this site comes information on the 4th district. I did look for Mr. King’s words on volunteering to stop payments to his district but could not find any. Anyone??
4th District Of Iowa (Rep. Steve King) Summary Information
- $9.17 billion in subsidies 1995-2012.
- $8.06 billion in commodity subsidies.
- $897 million in conservation subsidies.
- $211 million in disaster subsidies.
- Iowa ranking: 2 of 50 States
- 19 percent of farms in Iowa did not collect subsidy payments – according to USDA.
- Ten percent collected 57 percent of all subsidies in 2006.
- Amounting to $5.18 billion over 18 years.
- Top 10%: $37,371 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
- Bottom 80%: $1,845 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
USDA subsidies in 4th District of Iowa (Rep. Steve King) totaled $304 million in 2012
Much of it in corn subsidies, and a growing business in using the upgraded crop insurance program.
My own Middlesex county in MA looks this way. Does that make us virtuous in comparison?:
- $7.63 million in subsidies 1995-2012.
- $1.64 million in commodity subsidies.
- $1.39 million in crop insurance subsidies.
- $760000 in conservation subsidies.
- $3.84 million in disaster subsidies.
- Massachusetts ranking: 44 of 50 States
- 92 percent of farms in Massachusetts did not collect subsidy payments – according to USDA.
- Ten percent collected 68 percent of all subsidies.
- Amounting to $4.21 million over 18 years.
- Top 10%: $15,603 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
- Bottom 80%: $348 average per year between 1995 and 2012.
So why do you suppose that the NY Times article, which is detailed on the issue of what Iowans like and dislike about their Federal government spending habits, failed to make the point that Dan so clearly lays out in this post?
Much of what is wrong with Americans’ understanding of the facts of government budgeting is a direct result of the failure of the press to make simple statements of fact with supportive data regarding the contradictions between the political class’s ideological ground and their actual behavior. And why hasn’t either the Executive office or the Dem. party leadership made it clear to Iowans and their ilk that they are the ones benefiting from the big spending government that they hate so much.