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Liberalism’s Orwellian Children

MadMaya Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 5:43 PM
From "Corn ethanol history in the U.S. is the history of subsidies, since the sector didn't really take off until the government decided to subsidize it. The Energy Tax Act of 1978 created ethanol tax credits in an effort to decrease the nation's vulnerability to oil shortages and handle how the price of corn had been depressed by agricultural subsidies." Yes, use has grown under Republican and Democrat presidents alike, however it was Al Gore who said:"One of the reasons I made that mistake [supporting ethanol] is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for President."
MadMaya Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 5:45 PM
For a great look at how Al Gore profited from his "soft-hearted" stance on ethanol, see The Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2010. It also gives a nice concise history of ethanol politics.

With Halloween now in our rearview mirror, I find myself recalling when it used to be such a pleasant and harmless affair, with images of Peanuts characters dressed as witches or paper-bag shrouded scamps or hobgoblins (whatever they are) trudging from door to door, emitting the obligatory “Trick or Treat,” knowing that the tricks were non-existent and treats were plentiful, sometimes even nutritious? Can’t get scarier than that.

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