Right-Thinking Think Tank Thinking Wrong Sugar »

Right-Thinking Think Tank Thinking Wrong Sugar

In a recent column, Darren Bakst and Bryan Riley of the Heritage Foundation pooh-pooh a resolution by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Florida) which calls for zeroing out the U.S. sugar program in simultaneous return for other nations zeroing out their sugar subsidy programs. The authors refer to Yoho’s “zero-for-zero” proposal as a “flawed” “scheme” that has no chance to work. “Subsidies are bad policy regardless of what other countries do,” Bakst writes. “The U.S. sugar program […]

The (Taxi) Empire Strikes Back! »

The (Taxi) Empire Strikes Back!

(Chuck Muth) – Well, that didn’t take long. No sooner did free-market, ridesharing Uber drivers hit the streets in Las Vegas yesterday than the Taxi Cartel’s bought-and-paid-for police force began cracking down on them. Get this story from this morning’s Las Vegas Review-Journal… “Uniformed officers were at the Fashion Show mall on the Strip late Friday to meet Uber driver Michael Elsner with a ticket. Five unmarked white Nevada Taxicab Authority vehicles surrounded his blue […]

Indian Sugar Industry a Complete Government-Muddled Mess »

Indian Sugar Industry a Complete Government-Muddled Mess

Welcome to India, where “electoral politics plays havoc” on the nation’s sugar industry. A Business-Standard report over the weekend outlined just how messed up things are in the world’s #2 sugar producing nation, thanks in no small part to government interference in the market.  Reporters Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Virendra Singh Rawat wrote on October 18th… “The festival season is when the sugar mills work overtime. Indians buy copious amounts of sweets for friends, family and […]

Yoho Plan Best Hope for Free Market Sugar Policy »

Yoho Plan Best Hope for Free Market Sugar Policy

(Chuck Muth) – In a new white paper titled “Getting rid of sugar subsidies: A look to the future after decades of failure,” Rick Manning, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government, maintains that a proposal introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) “is a chance for conservative free-market supporters to finally move the ball toward ending sugar subsidies.” The Yoho Plan (HCR-39), euphemistically known as “zero for zero,” would result […]

Future Sugar Policy in Limbo after Brazilian Election Shocker »

Future Sugar Policy in Limbo after Brazilian Election Shocker

(Chuck Muth) – Pollsters and prognosticators were stunned by the results of Brazil’s October 5 election results. Embattled Workers Party incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, who during her tenure elevated sugar industry subsidies to an art form, was expected to move to on a run-off election against fellow leftist Marina Silva of the Socialist Party later this month. But in what the Wall Street Journal refers to as a “late surge,” conservative economist Aecio Neves, Governor […]

Golden State Bags Plastic Bags; Silver State Next? »

Golden State Bags Plastic Bags; Silver State Next?

(Chuck Muth) – From the Department of Stupid Is As Stupid Does comes the latest from Nevada’s neighbor to the West. The California Legislature has passed, and Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown has signed, the nation’s first statewide ban on…plastic bags (SB 270). So how are canine owners supposed to pick up the dog poop on sidewalks and the neighbor’s lawn now? Unless repealed by voter referendum, the law will ban the use of plastic bags […]

There’s Something in the Air in the Mile High City »

There’s Something in the Air in the Mile High City

(Chuck Muth) – I’m writing this week’s column from Denver, Colorado, where there’s something in the air. And no, it’s not the unmistakably pungent aroma of a certain weed – though I definitely got a whiff or two while walking around the 16th Street Mall downtown.  I’m talking about freedom.  And what a breath of fresh air it is! It started at the Denver airport. Rather than getting hosed by taking a traditional taxi to […]

OPEC of Sugar Election: Socialist vs. Socialist »

OPEC of Sugar Election: Socialist vs. Socialist

(Chuck Muth) – Americans insisting on ending the U.S. sugar program in an effort to lead us into a utopian free-market nirvana keep ignoring exactly who our dance partners are. Take Brazil, for example. The world’s leading sugar producer is preparing to either re-elect an avowed socialist as president next month…or elect a new avowed socialist. According to her Wikipedia bio, President Dilma Rousseff “became a socialist during her youth” and later “joined various left-wing […]

Don’t Worry, America. Your Dum Dums are Safe! »

Don’t Worry, America. Your Dum Dums are Safe!

(Chuck Muth) – Luzi Ann Javier and Marvin G. Perez published an explosive column in Bloomberg.com on September 16 essentially declaring a national emergency because Spangler Candy Company allegedly couldn’t make its Dum Dum Pops and candy canes for a single day. “U.S. food companies can’t get enough sugar even as the world heads for a fifth straight year of surpluses,” the reporters reported. Sounded pretty dire. I, for one, sure don’t want to be […]

Sessions: Reid destroying Senate with “brute political force” »

Sessions: Reid destroying Senate with “brute political force”

(U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions) – It brings me no pleasure to make the remarks I am compelled to make today. The Senate, the legislative body heralded by the late Robert Byrd as the second great Senate in history—the first being the Roman Senate—is being eroded beyond recognition by Majority Leader Reid and those who support him in that process. Once again here we are, at the 11th hour, being asked to vote for a spending […]