• Marijuana Regulators Tempting the Law of Unintended Consequences

    (Chuck Muth) – I don’t envy the folks over at the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) who are charged with implementing Nevada’s new licensing process for Medical Marijuana Establishments (MMEs) and are presently evaluating over 500 applications. But first, for opponents, bear in mind that Nevadans overwhelmingly voted, not once...

  • Outlook Not Sweet for #1 and #2 Sugar Producers

    As the U.S. prepares for its November mid-term elections, Brazil – the world’s #1 sugar producer, controlling an estimated 40 percent of the global market – is poised to elect a new president who could significantly alter that nation’s sugar policies, which might also result in even more government meddling in the...

  • Las Vegas Fire Chief “Pulls a Corleone”

    If someone stuck a gun to my head and instructed me to say, on video, that Nevada...

  • Uber-support for Uber and Lyft in Vegas

    Many of you probably don’t know what “Uber” or “Lyft” are. In short, they are “ride sharing” programs operated with your smart-phone.  You sign up to be a customer – giving Uber and/or Lyft your credit card information – and then when you need/want a ride somewhere, instead of calling a taxi...

  • What Congress should give Google for its Sweet 16

    (Chuck Muth) – Although Google’s official birthday has moved around a bit over the years, it is generally accepted that the universe will celebrate the search engine’s sixteenth birthday on September 27th.  And I know the perfect gift… Congressional passage of the USA Freedom Act. In fact, passage of the bill would...

  • 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...

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