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How Long Does It Take to Recognise a Mistake?

... Or "Who's more important, corn farmers or the rest of us?"

Now that it is perfectly clear that using food (corn in our case) to make fuel doesn't do anything good it was supposed to do, you would think Congress would hustle to undo the damage it is doing. Do you suppose?

It's not helping the environment, it is hurting it. It's not freeing us from our dependence on foreign oil. It is contributing to the scarcity of and the rising prices for food. It is making big, rich agribiz companies even richer and making small farmers even poorer. It's forcing people with reservations about genetically modified food to throw in the towel because of desperate hunger. It is eating up tax dollars that could be doing a lot more good elsewhere.

Well, Congress (no use even talking to the Bushies), there you have it. Time to undo the damage done by wrong assumptions and too-quick response to lobbyists, no? Kill those ethanol mandates. Stop those ethanol subsidies. Put your minds…

Ahead of the Times

Not the NYTimes or the LATimes, THE times...

The whole world is upset about the rising cost of food. And part of the problem is definitely diverting some food into fuel. As in ethanol. Brazilians turn sugar cane into ethanol. Americans turn corn into it.

[Ok, it's sort of self serving, but...] This blogster has been grumping about this nonsense for nearly two years. So why didn't Congress, the Department of Agriculture and Keith Olberman jump right on this when they had the chance... TWO YEARS AGO?

I try, I try... Lord knows I try.

For your reminiscing pleasure:

"Ethanol, Schmethanol" June '06

"Starvation" April '07

"Food Prices Rocket" June '07

"Another Shot at Ethanol" July '07

"Deadly Brew" January '08

"Will starve for Ethanol" January '08

When the tortillas went out of reach for Mexicans, we should have known that corn ethanol was a really stupid idea.
This stuff is to EAT!

Obama vs Clinton SOLVED

Such a Simple Solution

(Attn: Howard Dean)

Barrack and Hillary, listen up. Here's the plan. Each of you start ignoring the other - in your speeches, your ads and the comments from your "aids."

Each of you focus your attention strictly on McCain. Oh, and the calamities of the W administration.

At the end of every day, all of us Dems will score you in our minds about how effectively you are at running the General Election Race. Perhaps some pollsters will start asking how our scores are going.

Not only is the vicious infighting abandoned, the primary battle becomes the dress rehearsal for the General and all the firepower is aimed at the Republicans instead of at other Democrats. What a concept!

The final benefit is that whoever loses this titanic battle for the Democratic nomination has a totally face-saving way to back down, wreathed in honor and humility - all for the greater good and with enough good will in the party left over to run again another day.