Seems like the Democrats and Bob “Farmer” are finally going after the subsidy issue with Comer, as it was brought up in the KET Debate tonight. So how about a little refresher on what was attempted in the Republican Primary in an post called False Attacks Against Comer, this particular issue was False Attack #2.
False Attack #2 Comer has received somewhere around $85K in farm subsidies: This is true, but let’s examine the facts. In actuality most of that was to compensate him for a fence that the government required him to build on his property, some 2 miles worth to keep his cattle out of a waterway that went to be used for public water. Also included in this attack is the lumping together of his father’s farm. These subsidies are over a 15 year period, not something recent or like he receives this all in one year every year like it has been presented.
Here are the facts: http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A04303205
If you explore this site long enough, you’ll figure out Comer is nowhere near being a top recipient. In fact over the 15 years his average is about $5700 a year, not much in the farming world. I myself am against subsidies, but I recognize the reality in Kentucky that they are used and have been for quite some time. However, Comer is not a major offender of the system by any stretch of the imagination. In fact I would say he is the family farm getting back a piece of what the government takes from him throughout the year in taxes like most other small to mid range farms in this state.