• 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...

  • 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...

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

    (Elon Musk) – On Tuesday, under pressure from the New Jersey auto dealer lobby to protect its...

  • 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.”...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • U.S. Sugar Program: We’ll Drop Ours if You Drop Yours

    (Chuck Muth) – Opponents of the present U.S. sugar policy – which consists of import quotas and relatively mild tariffs, rather than direct farmer subsidies – are viewing the reality of the world market with blinders on. Indeed, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out last week, Japan’s import tariffs on rice...

  • U.S. Sugar Program: We’ll Drop Ours if You Drop Yours

    Opponents of the present U.S. sugar policy – which consists of import quotas and relatively mild tariffs, rather than direct farmer subsidies – are viewing the reality of the world market with blinders on. Indeed, as the Wall Street Journal pointed out last week, Japan’s import tariffs on rice are as high...

  • APNJ Launches Online Petition Against Culinary Union Harassment

    (NN&V Staff) – The Alliance to Protect Nevada Jobs (APNJ) announced Thursday that they were launching an online petition to call on legislators to denounce union guerilla tactics, stand up for taxpayers, and take action to protect Nevada’s economy. Last week the APNJ released two videos in which union leaders can be...

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