• Will nine times be the charm for Big Candy?

    (Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach) – Big Candy didn’t get to be Big Candy by taking no for an answer. Since 2012, lobbyists for candy-makers and cookie bakers have used their considerable political clout and a small fortune from chocolate bar sales to pressure Congress to gut the U.S. sugar program and the...

  • It’s Time to End the Oil Export Ban

    (Chuck Muth) – The United States imports foreign cars from other countries while simultaneously exporting American-made cars to...

  • No Independence Day for Small Business

    (NFIB) – CARSON CITY — The fireworks are fizzling out for Main Street, mom-and-pop enterprises in advance of the nation’s birthday, thanks to new rules released this week by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor. Taking effect tomorrow is an obscure IRS rule under which small businesses that get caught...

  • Federal Land Grab Far Bigger Problem than No-Cost Sugar Program

    (Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – When the opening line of a column inked by a former congressman reads, “The EPA just finalized one of the biggest land grabs in American history,” it’s a column that demands to be read. In an op-ed published Monday by The Hill, former Rep. Larry Combest...

  • It’s not a free market if the market isn’t free of government intervention

    (Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach) – How in the world does a country “hampered by inadequate moisture and poor (sugar) cane quality, small farm size, lack of mechanization, and underutilization of cane mills” nevertheless find itself the world’s second largest sugar exporter? Through the world of government intervention, that’s how. In a recent...

  • Thai government compounds rice mistake with subsidized sugar blunder

    (By Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – A recent, extensive study – “Thailand’s Sugar policy: Government Drives production and export expansion,” conducted by Antoine Meriot of Sugar Expertise LLC, for the American Sugar Alliance – details how government meddling in the free market is the problem, not the solution. And how the...

  • U.S. Should Not Follow E.U.’s “Monstrous Idiocy” on Sugar

    (Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – For U.S. policy makers who think it’s only “third world” countries – such as Thailand, India and Brazil – that juice up their agricultural industries with government subsidies and other market-distorting handouts, the European Union wants you to know they can dish farm welfare with the best...

  • Elon Musk: Government’s $5 Billion Man

    (Investors Business Daily Editorial) –Capitalism 2015: In corporate finance today, the theme is “Go where the money is.” For Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX, the place to hunt for cash isn’t Wall Street or even Silicon Valley. It’s Washington, D.C. Musk is one of the hottest CEOs in the...

  • Brazilian Sugar Barons Threatening Courtroom War with India, Thailand over Government Subsidies

    (Chuck Muth) – Brazilian sugarcane producers – which account for roughly half of the world’s sugar market – are threatening to launch a trade complaint against India and Thailand – the #2 and #3 global sugar producers – with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over government subsidies that Brazil claims are responsible...

  • NFIB concerns with Commerce Tax

    (Randi Thompson) – After a four-hour hearing on the tax bill (AB464) in Ways and Means/Senate Revenue, I’m guessing many of our voices blended together, so I wanted to recap some of the key issues for the National Federation of Independent Business and urge you to oppose the commerce tax: We have a...

  • Uncle George had a farm…E, I, E, I Owe

    (By Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – It’s amazing the things you often find online by accident.  Indeed, in doing some research on agricultural policies in the U.S. recently, I stumbled upon an online kids’ game called “Big Farm.”  Here’s the description… “Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s...

  • Gingrich: Better Learning at Lower Cost

    (Newt Gingrich) – We are in the middle of commencement season, as hundreds of thousands of young people...

  • Lawmaker calls for end to sugar price-fixing…in Malaysia!

    (Chuck Muth, President, Citizen Outreach) – It’s not just Americans who want the government out of the sugar market. Last month, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said at a news conference… “If the government is sincere about caring for the people, it should open up the import of sugar, abolish the price-fixing...

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