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What’s happening to me?

I wake up and find myself agreeing with Jimmy Carter.

Well, agreeing with everything except this sentence near the end, which nearly destroys his entire point:

Cotton production costs 73 cents per pound in the United States and only 21 cents per pound in West Africa, so American farmers do need protection in the international marketplace.

I have an idea: why don’t we buy our cotton from West Africa for a third of the price instead of subsidizing an unnecessary crop?

From a reader:

Cotton requires a lot of water. Why are we subsidizing a thirsty crop, while Georgia and Florida are contemplating a water war?

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