Pawlenty only candidate to to take on sacred corn subsidy

May 24, 2011 04:36

The fact that Iowa is the first state in the presidential race is one reason why it’s always been so hard to get rid of ethanol subsidies, which conservatives and a growing number of liberals agree is awful policy.

By: Philip Klein at Washington Examiner


Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a savvy move today when he rightfully called for an end to ethanol subsidies in announcing his presidential run in Des Moines.

But it speaks well of Pawlenty, whose path to the nomination runs through a victory in the Iowa caucuses, that he was willing to buck the traditional deference to the state’s corn industry.

And while Pawlenty will draw kudos for coming out against ethanol subsidies, it’s unlikely that in this current environment, any of his Republican opponents will attack him on it, because if they do, it will only make Pawlenty look better and them look bad to conservative voters outside of Iowa.

So not only did Pawlenty mke the right call, it’s also one that’s a net gainer for him politically. But in a larger sense, hopefully, this is an indication of the tide turning against a terrible policy.


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