Paul Shapiro on Subsidy-Stuffed Pizza


Jakob Dettner

The debt ceiling debacle may have come to an end for now, but wasteful federal spending is still a center-of-the-table issue, perhaps not unlike an extra-large pizza covered in government pork. Take pepperoni and cheese, for example. Most businesses operate under established economic laws. They produce enough to supply what demand there may be, and if they want to increase demand, they drum up business through the normal routes like advertising. If they produce more than what the market demands, they shrink production to better accommodate the circumstances. Not so, though, if you happen to be in the business of producing pigs or dairy, writes the Humane Society's Paul Shapiro. In that case, the basic principles of a free economic system don't apply.