Briefing Paper No. 13

Our Next Criminal Class: Milk Bootleggers

By James Bovard
June 14, 1991

Executive Summary

Farm-state congressmen are launching another crusade to drive up dairy prices via sweeping new controls over dairy farmers and milk sales. Federal dairy policy is already costing consumers over $5 billion a year, yet the new proposals could boost milk prices another 40 cents a gallon. Congressmen have proposed federal programs to butcher hundreds of thousands of dairy cows, force consumers to drink thicker milk, and dictate how many gallons of milk each dairy farmer can sell. Instead of imposing new layers of controls, the federal government should end the dairy program and allow the free market to determine milk prices.

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James Bovard, an associate policy analyst at the Cato Institute, is the author of The Farm Fiasco andThe Fair Trade Fraud (forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press).