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    The Special Interest Politics Game

    From the Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman, Milton’s son. Special interest politics is a simple game. A hundred people sit in a circle, each with his pocket full of pennies. A politician walks around the outside of the circle, taking a penny from each person. No one minds; who … More

    Now Ethanol Wants a Bailout

    Nothing gathers a crowd in Washington like the sight of money being handed out. Banks, carmakers and now ethanol? From the Wall Street Journal: The Renewable Fuels Association, a trade group for the U.S. ethanol industry, has spoken with staff members from Capitol Hill and President-elect Barack Obama’s team and … More

    Hunger Today and Food Rationing Tomorrow: The End Results of the Left's Global Warming Policies

    Barack Obama doesn’t have a long career in the United States Senate, but while he has been there he has been a consistent supporter of subsidies and mandates for ethanol (his home state of Illinois is a major corn producer). To this day, it is still a key element in … More

    Three Problems with the New Economic Stimulus Bill

    Heritage’s Rea Hederman discusses three problems with the proposed Economic Stimulus Bill currently before Congress. In July, the Bill was projected to cost $25 billion dollars. Since then, the projected cost has doubled due to spending projects that should have been taken care of with the Budget process. The Bill … More

    High Cost of Energy, Food Hurt August Employment Numbers

    Heritage’s James Sherk says the employment estimates for August are being affected by the collapse of the housing bubble and the high cost of energy. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, a five-year high, primarily the result of large job losses among automobile manufacturers. He talked about the August employment … More

    Asking McCain, Obama the Right Questions About Social Justice

    Tomorrow, Rick Warren, author of the 2002 best-seller “The Purpose Driven Life,” will host John McCain and Barack Obama at his 22,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., where he will question them on matters of concern to evangelical Christians, including poverty, the environment, human rights and AIDS. The standard … More

    Fact Checking the Left on Energy

    Campaign for America’s Future’s Bill Scher has a post up titled: “For Conservatives, “All of the Above” Means “No Clean Energy.” In it he writes: Conservatives know that after eight years of keeping America dependent on oil, they can’t easily promote another Big Oil giveaway. So the message mantra around … More

    No Texas Relief From The Failing Ethanol Mandate

    Today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson denied Texas its requested waiver of the ethanol mandate. While a disappointment, the decision was not unexpected as the Bush administration continues to defend its ethanol policy and argue that its adverse economic impacts are minor. In any event, the real answer is … More

    Brazil to Fight Ethanol Tariffs

    The Brazilian is preparing to bring the fight over ethanol tariffs to the World Trade Organization’s doorstep. Currently there is a 54 cent tariff on the importation of ethanol into the United States, and Roberto Azevedo, Brazil’s WTO ambassador, said there was a “strong possibility” that the country would formally … More

    From Biofuels to BioFailure

    It’s hard to find a voice outside the Midwest or Archer Daniels Midland buildings that support the use of biofuels and ethanol as a means for filling gas tanks. Environmentalists and especially world hunger groups are adamantly expressing their concern about the unintended consequences of biofuels policy. Christopher Booker and … More