Candy Man’s Complaints Don’t Hold Water »

Candy Man’s Complaints Don’t Hold Water

(by Chuck Muth) – In a recent article written by John Harper and published on HoumaToday.com, critics – mostly from the candy industry – once again took after the U.S. sugar program, complaining it hurts American consumers. “Sugar is a raw material for all kinds of things,” said Ike Brannon of the George W. Bush Institute,  “and we can’t produce those things in a cost-effective basis in the United States anymore because of high sugar […]

IPI Study: Foreign Sugar Policies Causing Global Market Distortions, Threatening U.S. Producers, Taxpayers »

IPI Study: Foreign Sugar Policies Causing Global Market Distortions, Threatening U.S. Producers, Taxpayers

(By Erin Humiston, Institute for Policy Innovation) – While there are calls for the U.S. to drop its support programs for sugar producers, it’s the policies of countries like Mexico, Brazil, India and Thailand that are distorting the global sugar market and costing U.S. taxpayers. If these market-distorting actions are allowed to continue, the otherwise competitive U.S. sugar industry is at risk of being obliterated and the prices to U.S. consumers will be at the […]

Some in India are starting to “get it” regarding sugar subsidies »

Some in India are starting to “get it” regarding sugar subsidies

(by Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – As the Indian government continues to boost subsidies to the nation’s sugar industry, some of the more market-oriented are starting to say “enough is enough.” Consider this rather extraordinary editorial published in The New Indian Express on June 27, 2014… Sugar Industry Needs Reform, Not Bailout The bailout plan for the sugar industry, announced on Monday, seeks to treat its symptoms, rather than the illness. It is justified […]

Sugar Subsidies Could Land India in WTO Hot Water »

Sugar Subsidies Could Land India in WTO Hot Water

(Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – The global sugar trade is to free markets like sledge hammers are to brain surgery. While critics of the minor protections afforded sugar producers in the U.S. continue to call for the program’s immediate and total elimination in the name of free markets, the rest of the world’s sugar producers are effectively being allowed to hit from the ladies’ tees by their governments. But now some of the world’s […]

Heller: WIOA Essential to Getting Americans Back to Work »

Heller: WIOA Essential to Getting Americans Back to Work

(The following remarks were delivered on the Senate floor by Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, on June 25, 2014) Mr. President, I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress for their efforts on the important legislation before us, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. I would especially like to thank Senators Isakson, Murray, Alexander, and Harkin for their leadership on this issue, and for working with our […]

India Shows Why Free Market Sugar is a Pipe Dream »

India Shows Why Free Market Sugar is a Pipe Dream

(Chuck Muth) – Critics of the U.S. sugar program continue to beat a dead horse about ending domestic import quotas and tariffs in the name of “free markets.” But the last few weeks of roller-coaster policy decisions in India over its own sugar industry demonstrate why the “free market” argument when it comes to sugar is as shallow as a parking lot puddle. In mid-May, the new Indian government announced a 32 percent cut in […]

What the Heck is Uber and Why is it Any of the Government’s Business? »

What the Heck is Uber and Why is it Any of the Government’s Business?

(Chuck Muth) – So I was driving down the road the other day and pulled up behind a pest control van at a traffic light. On the back was a bumper sticker that read: “Hire Licensed Contractors | IT’S THE LAW!” And that really bugged me – no pun intended. What business is it of the government to tell me who I can and can’t pay to spray my house for critters? For that matter, […]

Conservatives to Congress: Stop Mexican Sugar Dumping »

Conservatives to Congress: Stop Mexican Sugar Dumping

(Chuck Muth) – Six conservative, free-market organizations submitted a joint coalition letter to the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives last week urging Congress to maintain its current sugar policy while the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission investigate allegations that “subsidized sugar is being dumped in the U.S. market” by Mexico. “While this government investigation is underway and U.S. laws are being enforced,” the letter reads, […]

Brazil’s World Cup of Sugar Subsidies »

Brazil’s World Cup of Sugar Subsidies

(Chuck Muth) – The World Cup begins this week in Brazil, and I got to wondering how the world would react if the Brazilian government decided to spot the Brazilian team two goals before the start of every game. Hey, it’s not like such a move would be unprecedented in the South American nation – at least as far as the nation’s sugar industry is concerned. In fact, a recent article in the Financial Times […]

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 […]