Helping People Starve 
Thursday, July 17, 2008, 05:39 PM
A few short years ago, ethanol (a corn based substance that can be added to fossil fuels and burned) seemed like a solution on the road to independence from foreign oil. Simply take corn, which the country was growing plenty of, and turn it into gasoline.

Today people around the world are starving, and many countries are experiencing food riots as the price of corn and other grains skyrockets. Congress' (and Obama's) solution? The highest ethanol production mandate in history, all of it (of course!) taxpayer funded because ethanol isn't currently economically viable. That's right folks, your tax dollars are being spent on making sure more people than ever starve because they can't afford to buy food.

Now, the NYT reports the most recently American economic casualty of this special interest driven agenda, conveniently located in the economically depressed Mississippi Delta. We'd all like change we can believe in -- and I'm sure the poor folks caught up in the mess certainly believe they lost their jobs -- I'm just not sure it was the sort of change they were looking for.
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