• Bob Livingston
Inflation-driven rising food prices, consumers with less discretionary income and alternatives to the hormone- and antibiotic-laden chickens found in grocery stores have caused a drop in the demand for store-bought chicken.
In a true free-market economy, this would force chicken producers to lower costs, streamline their operations and devise a better way of getting chicken to market at prices consumers would be willing (or able) to pay. But as discerning readers know, the United States is not a free-market capitalistic economy.
So rather than let Big Chicken deal with the fact that it erred by raising production 4 percent as demand was decreasing, the United States Department of Agriculture (read the American taxpayer), is bailing out chicken producers to the tune of $40 million
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