According to Wikipedia, catfish “feed on algae, fish scales, mucus, carrion, insects” — and now, thanks to the Texas Department of Agriculture, your tax dollars. Catfish farmers can get up to $80,000 in bail-out money from the TDA if they suffered “feed losses” during presidentially-declared emergencies between January 2, 2005, through February 27, 2007. Must have been some disaster to cause a shortage of algae, mucus and carrion… This program is courtesy of the state’s Catfish Feed Grant Program. The jokes about bottom-feeders just write themselves.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.