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Published Monday, December 15, 2014

Mmm. Needs Sugar.

Early on in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, the Peanuts Gang are standing outside trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues.  As Lucy complains about early Winter snow, Linus, in agreement, says, “Mmm.  Needs sugar.”  It should come as no great surprise that sugar consumption rises dramatically during the holiday season—but the numbers can be truly staggering. And like the surge in retail sales that come during the holidays, sugar sees a similar surge, with nearly 30% of annual sales coming in the last two months of the year alone.

It’s interesting, then, that as consumers engage in the mad scramble for their holiday purchases, policymakers in the DC are engaging in a mad scramble on their own, to put to rest policy questions that have dogged them over the previous 11 months.

But left on the table at the present time is a question that should have Linus Van Pelt and holiday shoppers pulling out their smartphones or going to their computers, the maintenance of an arcane trade system that rewards crony states for massively subsidizing their agricultural sectors (including sugar).

Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) has been calling for a rational approach to dealing with the war-like predation that seems to occur on the global agricultural marketplace.  His “Zero-for-Zero” plan calls for dealing with the 225-year sugar subsidy issue, but not unilaterally disarming the American marketplace before our nations do the same.

As outlined in H. Con. Res. 39, Rep. Yoho lays out this plan.  And our friends at Americans for Limited Government have issued a report on this, entitled “Getting Rid of Sugar Subsidies: A Look To The Future After Decades of Failure”.  We urge you to check it out.

ALG has also put together a petition for you to sign!  We hope that you do so!

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