Cato Policy Analysis No. 30 December 6, 1983

Policy Analysis

Tedious Fraud:
Reagan Farm Policy and the Politics of Agricultural Marketing Orders

by Michael McMenamin

Michael McMenamin, a contributing editor of Inquiry, is the coauthor (with Walter McNamara) of Milking the Public: Po- litical Scandals of the Dairy Lobby from LBJ to Jimmy Carter (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1980). He is a partner in the Cleve- land law firm of Walter, Haverfield, Buescher & Chockley.


Executive Summary

U.S. farm policy is a boring subject. Expensive--increasingly so--but boring nonetheless. The only people who find it even mildly interesting are those whose livelihoods directly depend upon it--farm-state politicians, bureaucrats in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and farmers--particularly those who have large farms.

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