Big Government to Reduce Farms to Wilderness

Anyone wondering just what the point of modern liberalism might be need look no farther than a recent story on the government spending your money to turn farms into forests:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has ordered his staff to revise a computerized forecasting model that showed that climate legislation supported by President Obama would make planting trees more lucrative than producing food.

The latest Agriculture Department economic-impact study of the climate bill, which passed the House this summer, found that the legislation would profit farmers in the long term. But those profits would come mostly from higher crop prices as a result of the legislation’s incentives to plant more forests and thus reduce the amount of land devoted to food-producing agriculture.

According to the economic model used by the department and the Environmental Protection Agency, the legislation would give landowners incentives to convert up to 59 million acres of farmland into forests over the next 40 years.

Even Milksac has noticed that the consequences of letting farmland go back to wilderness won’t be pretty.

Mr. Vilsack, in a little-noticed statement issued with the report earlier this month, said the department’s forecasts “have caused considerable concern” among farmers and ranchers.

“If landowners plant trees to the extent the model suggests, this would be disruptive to agriculture in some regions of the country,” he said.

Ya think? But no worries, Milksac ordered the model to be tweaked so that we can all pretend everything will be fine.

The last time the country went this crazy, FDR was paying farmers not to plant crops while people went hungry. Now we’re paying farmers to stop existing, like we all ought to do for the good of the polar bears.

Patriots want to roll back government. Liberals want to roll back the human race.

Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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