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A Democrat, A Republican And Two Goats Walk Into A Park ...

Congressmen And Goats
Rep. Weiner's Office

Two Congressmen — Anthony Weiner, a New York Dem, and Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah — hauled a couple goats into a park today.

It was a stunt to call for an end to federal subsidies for mohair, which comes from Angora goats. The subsidies were created in the 1940s, because mohair was essential for soldiers' uniforms at the time.

In 2009, the federal government spent $754,913 on mohair subsidies, 90 percent of which went to farmers in Texas, according to a statement from the Congressmen.

Maybe next week, a couple Congressmen from Texas will haul some poor banker into a D.C. park and complain about subsidies for the financial sector.

I called the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers' Association to see what they think about the subsidies, but they haven't called me back yet. I'll update this post if I hear from them.

Hat tip: WSJ

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