Ted Cruz opposes Ethanol Subsidy – lives to tell about it

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By Lynn Woolley

What, exactly is a principled conservative? A better question is – where can you find one? If you listen to my radio show, you know I struggle with this – the idea that Washington — or Austin—changes normal, everyday people into sniveling backroom politicians.

That’s why I’ve come out early for Ted Cruz.

In Cruz, I see somebody who knows how to campaign hard — but, when the chips were down in Iowa, refused to go against his deeply-help belief that government should not pick winners and losers.

Ted Cruz on the stump (Photo: ibtimes.com)

Ted Cruz on the stump (Photo: ibtimes.com)

This is Reagan-like to me.

And the fact that Cruz could actually win in Iowa with the state’s obnoxious governor calling on fellow Republicans to reject him – is a major statement. Ethanol is construct of the Left – a part of their crusade to save the world from Global Warming. Cruz took on the powerful ethanol lobby – and he won.

Video: This is amazing. Cruz does not back down when yelled at by an angry corn farmer who wants to keep his government subsidy.

Do you realize how big this is?

Folks, Bush and Kasich and Christie didn’t go against Big Ethanol. There’s no way they would. Votes meant more to them. Even Trump came out for Big Ethanol. The fact that Cruz did not buckle says a lot about him, and even more about the rest of the field.

Look at this CNN story by Theodore Schleifer that ran just before the caucuses:

Ted Cruz is asking Iowans to abandon a deeply held personal and economic belief intertwined with their agricultural way of life: that the nation’s ethanol mandates are a force for good. It is a politically risky tactic. Even as Cruz tries to lock up voters in the crucial early voting state, he’s been put on the defensive thanks to a powerful interest group following him everywhere he goes and rivals quick to attack his opposition to the popular subsidy.
Do you understand that ALL the other candidates buckled to this? Even Trump? To be fair, Libertarian candidate Rand Paul opposed the subsidies, but he was not a factor in the caucuses.

Now, take a look at what John Fund wrote in National Review, to get an idea of how other candidates see ethanol – including Hillary Clinton:

In 2008, Fred Thompson told me he didn’t see merit in subsidizing one fuel over another, but in Iowa’s GOP caucus that year “opposing ethanol was like pushing against a mountain.” Hillary Clinton voted against ethanol a total of 17 times in the U.S. Senate, saying she found it “impossible to understand why any pro-consumer, pro-health, pro-environment, anti-government member” could vote for ethanol mandates. In 2007, as she announced for president, she took a sharp turn on the Road to Des Moines and embraced ethanol. This year, she calls ethanol “a success for Iowa and much of rural America.”

Ted Cruz, then, is a miracle in motion.

First, he promised to abolish Obamacare and he tried to do it. Now, this. So what we have is a Republican candidate that actually might go against the Status Quo. So you think Bush, Kasich, Christie, Rubio – any of them – will ever go after a government program? Not likely.

Ronald Reagan said:

“The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”

President Reagan understood this. So does Ted Cruz. But the Republican governor of Iowa said that it would be a mistake to support Cruz. This is from the New York Daily News:

[Iowa Governor] Terry Branstad admitted Tuesday that he’d like to see Cruz defeated because the Texas senator opposes the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the amount of biofuels — including corn-based ethanol — that refineries are required to mix into their gasoline supply. “He is the biggest opponent of renewable fuels,” Branstad told reporters at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, according to the Des Moines Register.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (Photo:  AP)

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (Photo: AP)

Now let’s talk about conflict of interest. The Governor has this son. And, as it turns out, he’s a shill for Big Ethanol. This was reported by the New York Times:

Eric Branstad, a Republican like his father, Gov. Terry E. Branstad, has lurked at candidates’ events across the state, sometimes with colleagues recording video. But rather than collecting opposition research, the younger Mr. Branstad is representing Iowa’s prized ethanol industry, which faces increasing pressure to wean itself of government support. Mr. Branstad, 39, popped up at four appearances in Iowa this week by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Mr. Branstad was there on behalf of America’s Renewable Future, a pro-ethanol group that also planted supporters in the audience to press Mr. Cruz about his opposition to the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal mandate benefiting farmers. At a stop in Dubuque, two people recording for Mr. Branstad were shown the door.

Isn’t politics fun?

It is – only if you know it and understand it. I see politicians involved in conflicts all the time – this one with the Iowa governor is a doozy – and the people keep electing them.

I’m hoping a President Cruz would be different. I’m pretty sure a President Jeb Bush or a President Chris Christie would be business as usual.


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