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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:38 am
    Link: Why Does A Salad Cost More Than A Big Mac? - Is it any wonder why countries that are littered with Fast Food restaurants are so unhealthy?
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:44 am
    I`m still wondering, Why?
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    AnimalBizarr Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:45 am
    and thst why i never eat in fastfood restaurants
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:45 am
    Lets go Vegetarian everyone
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    LithiumOne Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:53 am
    Cool. New perspective on this.
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    Jats Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:53 am
    I don`t get it.
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    andrewmedl Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:54 am
    Other way around, cap`n. That said, good info here. It`s insane how tied into only the most unhealthy foods the government is.
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    slayer50515 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:54 am
    F**K YEAH SALAD!
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:00 am
    Ingredients in salad have a very short shelf life (product loss) which affects the price. Big Mac ingredients can pretty much be preserved and frozen to death which cuts down on loss.
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    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:01 am
    I would hope most people realize this anyway..
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:07 am
    Uninteresting chart.
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:10 am
    Its to kill off the unworthy. They want stupid people to eat bad foods to die and not breed....sadly those stupid people breed the most. It backfired, but you now the US gov, they stick with it until a filibuster gets busted.
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:11 am
    I just realized i started off sarcastic and got serious..... dont take the below the wrong way.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:15 am
    Who didn`t know this?
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    NickS1020 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:28 am
    Unfortunately, that`s not even true. The vast majority of agricultural subsidies are on corn (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultur... note that "feed grains" doesn`t mean they are used for feed, but that they can be). This is why you find corn products in almost everything: high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, corn starch, dextrin/maltodextrin, xanthan gum, monosodium glutamate, and most vegetable oils.

    As a result, most products in the US have some form of corn in them. Try to go to your local grocery and find any processed food that does not have some form of corn in it. Even the cows (for meat and dairy) are fed corn because it is so cheap, instead of grass, as they would naturally.

    Consequently, McDonalds uses cornfed cows and vegetable oils to fry their foods. Also, as edana42 said, the shelf lives of the ingredients are longer, and economies of scale also pl

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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:28 am
    Well of course a burger has a high meat content... This doesn`t really say much.

    Also, the title`s the wrong way round.

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    NickS1020 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:29 am
    plays a large role.* It cut off my last sentence. So much for trying to keep it under 1000 characters. :P
    The link is broken too, it`s this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultura...
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:31 am
    "Ingredients in salad have a very short shelf life (product loss) which affects the price. Big Mac ingredients can pretty much be preserved and frozen to death which cuts down on loss."

    While this is true, if you`d have looked at the chart you`d know that the US government gives massive subsidies to meat, dairy and grain producers which significantly affects the price- though when you buy a big-mac, you`ve already partially paid for it with your tax dolalrs.
    Unfortunately, this also means that those of us who don`t eat tons of meat and carbs are paying for others to do so, while those who do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables are paying entirely out of pocket without help from everyone else.

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    NickS1020 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:38 am
    sbeelz: "While this is true, if you`d have looked at the chart you`d know that the US government gives massive subsidies to meat, dairy and grain producers"

    Really, mostly the grain producers. See my comment earlier.

    "Unfortunately, this also means that those of us who don`t eat tons of meat and carbs are paying for others to do so, while those who do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables are paying entirely out of pocket without help from everyone else."

    Fruits (fructose) and vegetables contain carbs, so I don`t understand what you mean when you say "don`t eat meat or carbs". The three calorie-derivable macronutrients are carbs (fruits/vegetables, mostly), proteins (meat, mostly) and fat (meat and dairy, mostly). I don`t understand how you can have a low meat, low protein, low carb diet. You would be subsisting primarily on fat, which would be conceivably found in nuts or dairy (both of which contain both protein and carbs in the form of lactose).

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    startech Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:43 am
    Now I am more bored than before I saw this page...
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:51 am
    @NickS1020 "I don`t understand how you can have a low meat, low protein, low carb diet."

    I think you`d call that anorexia.

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    NickS1020 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:59 am
    Touche, McGovern. Touche. I was assuming that he had some form of caloric intake, though. :P
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    buxco215 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:59 am
    Everybody knows the REAL food groups are chicken wings, pizza, hot dogs and beer!
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 9:01 am
    I got to have my gumbo !
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    NickS1020 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 9:05 am
    To correct myself earlier: "both of which contain both protein and carbs in the form of lactose" is ambiguous, I meant that dairy has carbs in the form of lactose. My mistake.
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    dmn11366 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 9:20 am
    Fail:
    And i will tell you why
    Look at the title: "Why Does A Big Mac Cost More Than A Salad? "
    And then look at the title in the picture: "Why Does A Salad Cost More Than A Big Mac?" :-)
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    March 10, 2010 at 9:22 am
    Is it just me or does it say why does a salad cost more than a big mac, but the caption you wrote says why does a big mac cost more??
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 10:22 am
    "Is it just me or does it say why does a salad cost more than a big mac, but the caption you wrote says why does a big mac cost more??"

    Nope, look again,

    Why Does A Salad Cost More Than A Big Mac? . Is it any wonder why countries that are littered with Fast Food restaurants are so unhealthy?

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    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 10:24 am
    This should have a corresponding chart: Why Americans are the happiest people on earth.
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    RockWell Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 10:33 am
    So I assume looking at this that they are counting corn as a grain and not a vegtable because when I lived in Iowa it was jam full of farms that were getting their paychecks from the government for all their corn.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 11:25 am
    Its been a fact that its cheeper to eat unhealthy then salad!
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    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
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    March 10, 2010 at 11:32 am
    davidxj,

    last time i checked, venezuela was the happiest country on earth.

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    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 11:54 am
    chunky: Last time I checked, nobody asked you or cares about the actual facts.
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    Peveo4589 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    mmm tastes good. *scarfs down a big mac*
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    e.e
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm
    "Its been a fact that its cheeper to eat unhealthy then salad!"

    only if you`re buying salads from places like McDonald`s...I can build a salad for 4-6 people for <$1/person including home made dressing, how do you think restaurants (sit down places) only charge you $1 for a decent size salad?

    rockwell, corn IS a grain, its sold as a vegetable but as far as your body is concerned, its a grain...

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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    "I don`t understand how you can have a low meat, low protein, low carb diet."

    dated a girl who did something similar....she ate an apple for breakfast and drank some milk, then for lunch she ate apple sauce with water and for snack she drank apple juice and for dinner she ate salad with apples....she surprisingly called it her "apple" diet. she also had to drink 2L minimum water with it, she aimed for closer to a gallon; I stopped talking to her in fear she`d wind up in the hospital and I`d have to visit her.

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    dcb Male 13-17
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    March 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm
    Lol. Meat taste better. Enough said i think
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    You don`t make friends with salad.
    YOU MAKE FRIENDS WITH MEAT.
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    March 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    vv LMAO I totally forgot about that!
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm
    To paraphrase Alf, "Salad isn`t food, salad is what food eats."
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    xxxveganxxx Male 13-17
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    March 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    But, but, salad tastes betterer!!!
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    Why does a salad cost more than a Big Mac? Probably because one of them is actual food, and one is just compacted sweepings from the abattoir floor.
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    ManicRapture Female 13-17
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    March 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm
    ahhhhh....fat America.....
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    bumbleBB Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    OldDollie lol! I once saw a shirt that said "I eat more Pussy than Alf"
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    aquaman1227 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    Delish
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    "Fruits (fructose) and vegetables contain carbs, so I don`t understand what you mean when you say "don`t eat meat or carbs".

    I didn`t say "don`t eat meat or carbs" so don`t put quotes around that. I said don`t eat "tons" of meat or carbs. I eat carbs (from fruits and whole grains, so I`m also getting fiber and naturally occurring vitamins)- and I eat limited amounts of meat. I get most of my protein from beans and rice- which gives me all of my amino acids with no saturated fat and lots of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. The fast food diet involves eating ridiculous amounts of meat and empty carbs (from french fries, refined flour, and sugar- usually in the form of HFCS if you`re drinking soda, and HFCS is highly subsidized).

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    TheNineXXX Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm
    Believable but: ;)
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    xxamsey Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    A full big mac meal with fries and a drink costs $7.00 with tax included on the dot here in Canada. I only know that because I work there- I`ve never had a big mac in my life. A salad is way over 7 dollars with tax included and doesn`t come with a drink.
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm
    i try to stay away from fast food places... but sometimes it`s unavoidable
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    March 11, 2010 at 12:51 am
    Yes go to a health store. Going organic cost you more than a pack of hot dogs.
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    Raberboom Male 18-29
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    March 11, 2010 at 1:58 am
    i eat whatever cause i have a fast metabolism and just drop the weight naturally. HAHA!!!

    tho i imagine i only have a few years of it left.

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    eSc Male 18-29
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    March 11, 2010 at 3:29 am
    I find it cheaper if u just make ur own food
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    Andicicle Male 18-29
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    March 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    This is truly a disgusting chart. Our government needs to re evaluate absolutely everything.
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    Septemberex Female 13-17
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    March 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    "This is truly a disgusting chart. Our government needs to re evaluate absolutely everything."

    The GOVERNMENT needs to? You live in America! You think some food administration making up a new food pyramid is going to make anyone eat healthier?

    This is a chart showing what the government recommends, and what we, the people buy. Guess what? HUMANS LIKE FAT. And sugar, and sweets, and oil. Why? Because the taste good, and its an instinct to load up on fat, because our ancestors didn`t have salad bars. Americans (as well as other developed countries) have got the money to spend on meats and sweets, and the opportunity to buy it. Supply and demand.

    People will eat what they want and there`s NOTHING you or the government can do about it, so focus on eating healthy and let others do as they please. It`s a free country, so what do you care?

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    KoalaMeatPie Male 18-29
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    March 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm
    @Raberboom

    You can still be skinny and have your arteries choked up with colesterole.

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    deathxtra Male 13-17
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    March 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm
    "i eat whatever cause i have a fast metabolism and just drop the weight naturally. HAHA!!!

    tho i imagine i only have a few years of it left. "

    you can still be skinny and have a crapload of cholesterol in you.

    enjoy dying early

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    Baelzar Male 40-49
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    March 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm
    The government needs out of agriculture.

    Period.

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    mvangild Male 30-39
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    March 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm
    The government needs out of everything. Period.
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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    March 12, 2010 at 7:42 am
    if the gvt was "out of it" you sh**theads, it would be worse, private interests usually don`t go with your common interests
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    seabass101dg Male 18-29
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    March 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm
    I like meat and dairy.
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    hrlhrl2000 Male 30-39
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    March 13, 2010 at 4:27 am
    If the government stops subsidising agriculture there will be no agriculture in the US because everything will be imported more cheaply. So suck on that, stupid `small government is good` Republican douchebag tools.

    And if you`re going to subsidise agriculture, why not just have a public health care system?

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