Government should Let Uber and Lyft Do What They Do Best: Innovate »

Government should Let Uber and Lyft Do What They Do Best: Innovate

(By Craig Westover) – Everyone seems to love rideshare services Uber and Lyft. Everyone, that is, except regulators and the government-imposed transportation cartels they defend. You know, the ones who have been working off the same tired model of service since the days of the horse and buggy? Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles recently fined the operators of both innovative car services, and last week the government issued cease and desist orders demanding both stop […]

What Foreign Sugar Producers have in Common with Cold War Communists »

What Foreign Sugar Producers have in Common with Cold War Communists

(Chuck Muth) – “The domino theory,” explains Wikipedia, “was a theory prominent from the 1950s to the 1980s, that speculated that if one state in a region came under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect.” A similar domino effect appears to be spreading globally today when it comes to government crop subsidization, especially sugar cane, as nations fall prey to the lure of government interference in the […]

Tesla Chairman: “To the People of New Jersey” »

Tesla Chairman: “To the People of New Jersey”

(Elon Musk) – On Tuesday, under pressure from the New Jersey auto dealer lobby to protect its monopoly, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, composed of political appointees of the Governor, ended your right to purchase vehicles at a manufacturer store within the state. Governor Christie had promised that this would be put to a vote of the elected state legislature, which is the appropriate way to change the law. When it became apparent to […]

What if the U.S. had to rely on Indian sugar? »

What if the U.S. had to rely on Indian sugar?

(Chuck Muth) – “For the first time since 1976, there is no single unified pan-India policy for the sugar sector,” reported The Hindu newspaper last week. “All state governments are deciding sugarcane prices or policies at will, creating intra-state distortions in production, marketable values and exports. The nation stands divided by sugar.” Also last week, an Indian sugarcane farmer named Vittal Arabhavi committed suicide in the capital, where Parliament is in session, while participating in […]

Sugar Program Opponents are Entitled to their Own Opinions, but not Their Own Facts »

Sugar Program Opponents are Entitled to their Own Opinions, but not Their Own Facts

On November 8, 2013, the Tampa Bay Times published an editorial titled “End the sweet deal for Big Sugar” which declared that “If there is a poster child for what is wrong with U.S. farm policy, it’s sugar.” The editorial concluded: “Until lawmakers stand up to Big Sugar, taxpayers will keep propping up the industry (and) paying more for food…” In response, Robert E. Coker, senior vice president of U.S. Sugar Corp. in Clewiston, Florida, […]

A Brazilian reasons not to kill off U.S. sugar industry »

A Brazilian reasons not to kill off U.S. sugar industry

Opponents of the current U.S. sugar policy rarely get beyond their global free-market talking points long enough to consider the International Law of Unintended Consequences. Fueled primarily by large candy makers, opponents continue to demand an end to U.S. tariffs and import quotas on heavily subsidized and artificially cheap foreign sugar as a way to help pad their bottom lines. But opening the flood gates to cheap imported sugar from around the world will only […]

Big Candy’s Trick is No Treat for U.S. Sugar Farmers »

Big Candy’s Trick is No Treat for U.S. Sugar Farmers

For Halloween last week, U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent Halloween cards to their colleagues on behalf of the U.S. candy industry in their ongoing effort to undermine U.S. sugar farmers by propping up foreign competitors. Talking about the U.S. tariff and quota program that protects the domestic sugar industry from heavily-subsidized/artificially cheap imports, Kirk said, “It’s time we end this unfair pricing scheme that protects a few sugar growers unnecessarily.” […]

Senator Calls for Inquiry on new Sugar Policy »

Senator Calls for Inquiry on new Sugar Policy

(NN&V Staff) – This week a senator called on the Senate to investigate a proposed new tax policy which “stakeholders fear would kill the sugar industry.” The senator filed a Senate Resolution directing the Senate Ways and Means Committee to “conduct an inquiry” on the reform proposal that redefines raw sugar and removes its tax exemptions. “Groups from the sugar industry are opposing this new (proposal), saying it will kill the industry by increasing the […]

Don’t Blame Sugar if Candyland moves Overseas »

Don’t Blame Sugar if Candyland moves Overseas

OK, I realize it’s the Wall Street Journal and not the Main Street Journal. And that the paper’s focus is on Big Business not Family Farms. But the editorialized notion in a recent article that it’s “cheaper sugar” that’s sending “candy makers abroad” is a chocolate-covered absurdity. When Ronald Reagan was elected president the typical candy bar cost 35-cents and had about 2-cents worth of refined sugar in it. The cost of refined sugar at […]

In a growing market for cheap solar power, subsidies keep the lights on »

In a growing market for cheap solar power, subsidies keep the lights on

(Chuck Muth) – The California company SolarCity estimates that it will install 1 million new rooftop projects in the next five years and that they sign up a new customer every five minutes. In fact, six of the ten largest US homebuilders offer a solar panel option in the construction in new homes. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are roughly 270,000 solar rooftop systems in the United States. State and federal tax […]