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Jonah Goldberg, The Missing Link

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In the course of a debate over agriculture subsidies, Jonah Goldberg writes,

Jonathan Chait, has from time to time suggested that conservatives are pro-ag subsidy and liberals aren't (sorry, can't find a link right now).

I would suggest that Jonah could not find a link because no such link exists. I think that President Bush was worse on agriculture than President Clinton (Clinton and a GOP Congress phased out ag subsidies, while Bush and a GOP Congress jacked them up.) I also think that conservatives put up far too little opposition to agriculture subsidies. But to suggest they favor agriculture subsidies on principle would be silly.

I assume his claim is simply part of Jonah's admitted policy of imputing wild, easily-discredited views to his ideological adversaries and then failing to provide evidence that they actually hold those views. Sorry, I can't find the link where Jonah admitted this right now.

--Jonathan Chait

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