Sugar subsidies are sweet, but not for the taxpayer

  • Article by: Andy Brehm
  • Updated: October 6, 2013 - 11:07 PM

If we’re looking for places to save, we could start there.

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orvestaOct. 7, 1312:21 AM

The writer says Rep. Pelosi said "“There’s no more cuts to make,” she said, “The cupboard is bare.” " = = = =This was not in context to every specific program or government policy. You are completely taking a quote talking about one topic and attempting to make it talk about something else. That is not only insincere and inaccurate, you are once again blaming others and pointing fingers falsely. Totally Regressive way to act.

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texas_technomanOct. 7, 13 5:29 AM

Why stop with sugar...that's small potatoes (no pun intended) compared to the other Farm Subsidies. Let's dump them all and let the market rule...

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naseth12Oct. 7, 13 6:24 AM

Not to mention (and conspicuously absent from this article), of course, the major labor concessions the sugar union just gave Crystal Sugar. Remind me again how the decline of American companies is the union's fault?

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chuckdancerOct. 7, 13 7:17 AM

Here we go again. Looks like we're head back to the days of "Freedom to Farm". We all remember that great Republican triumph. There the Republican boys all stood before the TV cameras after their great election victory. They could do anything they wanted and they wanted "Freedom to Farm". Government was going to stand clear and the farm boys would show the entire world that they could compete against any farmer anywhere in the world - and win. The cheers went up and the farm boys got to work. The farmers started dropping like flies and the situation looked bleak. Just like that the Republican fellows forgot everything they had said about standing clear of farmers. When it came time to do the farm bill, "Freedom to Farm" disappeared and the word "competition" did too. The Republicans worked up the richest pay outs to farmers ever. Most farm states vote solid Republican. Andy Brehm is a Republican.

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mmediaOct. 7, 13 7:22 AM

It's one think for my tax dollars to support SMALL family farms, but another when I think my taxes are going to ACS so it can continue to beat down on its workers.

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alansonOct. 7, 13 8:35 AM

Sugar beets - a business so uneconomical that it couldn't exist without government subsidies. If we can't find the way to eliminate these ridiculous subsidies, it's certain we'll never be able to properly address the really important issues facing our government.

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jpcooperOct. 7, 13 8:46 AM

texas_technoman"Why stop with sugar...that's small potatoes (no pun intended) compared to the other Farm Subsidies. Let's dump them all and let the market rule..

Absolutley! Then lets go to Foreign Aid $56B up from $26B in 2008... Food Stamps $88B up from $44B in 2008... Social Disability $56B up from $27B in 2008...GM Federal Tax relief? make them pay taxes on their earnings! Medical subsidies for Obamacare? estimated to be $40B per year up from $0....The list is long but distinguished!

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elind56Oct. 7, 13 8:47 AM

Many gripe about high-fructose-corn-syrup being used in so many products. The tangled web of sugar subsidies is the reason.

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frankworsleyOct. 7, 13 8:49 AM

A good opinion piece except for the Pelosi part....just leave that out Andy, it shows your hand. The subsidy programs for the sugar industry is a national ripoff for taxpayers and crystal sugar is the poster child for a US corporation without ANY patriotism or community responsibility. I have stopped and will never buy their sugar again.

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whowhodudeOct. 7, 13 9:41 AM

Farm subsisides not only is a waste of money but it also makes our food cost more and keeps the price of land artificially high.

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