NATIONAL REVIEW: Ending the Sweetheart Sugar Deal

National Review: Written by Joe Pitts & Grover Norquist. December 2, 2015. 

Government can’t solve every problem. But we should all agree that government at least ought to solve the problems it created. Our federal sugar subsidies are a prime example; They are a symbol of government-created problems that require a government solution.

The federal government is taking part of every taxpayer’s income and using it to enrich a select oligarchy of 18,000 big farmers. Americans around the country are working hard to fatten the wallets of a tiny group of one-percenters. That ought to offend people on both sides of the aisle. This 1930’s-era program is a Rube Goldberg machine that intentionally drives up costs for American companies and consumers. As a result, the price of sugar in the United States is nearly double the price on the world market.

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