Kudzu: A Lesson in Big Government Failure
By Joseph Haas
It was inside the Soil Erosion Service that the decision was made to use kudzu. SES higher-ups were aware of kudzu’s growing abilities, but they did not think of the ramifications that mass planting would have on local ecosystems. The Department of Agriculture used the Civilian Conservation Corps to distribute and plant the seeds. Over a period of ten years, one hundred million kudzu seeds were planted, mostly in the South. The government even bribed farmers to plant kudzu at eight dollars per acre. …
Kudzu can be seen in a larger context when examining the New Deal. Roosevelt’s aggressive domestic policy and massive expansion of the federal government are still with us today. The bureaucracy created under the New Deal is continually spreading, tightening its grip, and smothering the American people – just like kudzu’s effect on the environment.
This may be “old news” to southerners, but I first learned of this bit of government stupidity through this article. It’s not the biggest such instance, but this definitely shows how the US “education” system and the MSM protect the hallowed name of former Pres. Franklin Roosevelt and the idea of government solutions.