Class Warfare Blog

July 25, 2012

You Want No Regulations? . . . You Can’t Handle No Regulations!

I was driving home from a guest spot with a youth sports team last night and on the radio was a discussion of sugar consumption, focused mostly on the sugar fructose (fruit sugar). The science is pretty clear that fructose, in the quantities injected into our foods in the form of “high fructose corn syrup,” is not good for us, leading to obesity and metabolic diseases like Type 2 diabetes. The corn syrup industry has responded with TV commercials showing a perky Soccer Mom cum Farmer walking through a corn field saying things like “it’s just sugar.” Unfortunately they left out the words “the wrong kind of” in the middle of that phrase.

There is no such thing as “sugar,” but there are a great many “sugars.” There is “table sugar” (sucrose), and “fruit sugar” (fructose), and “blood sugar” (glucose), and “malt sugar” (maltose, typically used in baby foods because it is more digestible). The science on fructose is pretty clear: it is fine in small doses, but we aren’t getting small doses and it is killing us. The “sugar industry” is down to playing the “no regulations” card because Republicans have plowed the field and it is ready for planting. No regulations are needed, they say, because people make a choice to consume sweet products, and besides government regulations are bad!

If that (government regulations are bad) were really true, then we don’t need traffic regulations and we can all just decide each morning which side of the street to drive on, and we don’t need work safety regulations because workers chose to take those dangerous jobs, nor do we need child safety laws, food purity laws, clean air and water laws, etc.

“But I want one more government regulation—just one itty-bitty regulation—just this:
companies which receive tax breaks or direct subsidies from the federal government
may not make donations of any kind to federal legislators.”

Unfortunately people are swallowing this “government regulations are bad” bunkum. I think we ought to double down on these “no regulations” people. I’ll start with the sugar industry. Currently just the cane sugar industry alone gets $32 billion dollars a year in the form of subsidies. Those subsidies are an attempt of the government to regulate what should be a free market! Dratted government regulations! Yet, every time legislation is submitted to remove those subsidies and restore a true free market, the sugar industry uses some of that 32 billion dollars to bribe sufficient legislators to make sure it does not pass. I’ll believe that the sugar industry wants no “government regulation” when they give up their corporate welfare.

Similarly, the corn industry has had gobs of government help and subsidies in creating a huge market for fructose that didn’t exist 30 years ago. I’ll believe they don’t want any government regulation when they pay us back.

But I want one more government regulation—just one itty-bitty regulation—just this: companies which receive tax breaks or direct subsidies from the federal government may not make donations of any kind to federal legislators. They can talk all they want, they have free speech, but I’ll be damned if they will use my money to bribe my officials to make sure they get more of my money!

Stop the madness! Write your legislator today. Tell them that you want a new law: companies which receive tax breaks or direct subsidies from the federal government may not make donations of any kind to federal legislators. This will be a condition of accepting the funds; if they don’t agree to this condition, well, they don’t have to take the funds, now do they. It’s a choice you make.

And you want it now! Tell your legislator to provide it or they won’t get your vote again . . . ever.

1 Comment »

  1. Another excellent post. I love this idea…”companies which receive tax breaks or direct subsidies from the federal government may not make donations of any kind to federal legislators.”

    Like

    Comment by thejumbledmind — July 25, 2012 @ 9:48 am | Reply


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