Welfare Tractors

Chapman, Stephen
March 1979
New Republic;3/3/79, Vol. 180 Issue 9, p16
Discusses the reasons why protesting farmers found themselves in a weak bargaining position when they went to Washington, D.C. to demand higher federal government-guaranteed food prices in the United States. Lack of a credible threat to back their demands and lack of moral authority; Department of Agriculture announcement of a 40 percent increase in net farm income; Traffic bottlenecks that resulted from the farmers driving their tractors into the city during the morning rush hour; Mass media's coverage of the farmers' protest; Farm income stabilization or cash subsidies to farmers at five billion dollars in the current fiscal year.


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