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: April 04, 2011, 12:07:19 PM

The writer makes some good points:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/04/04/frum.florida.first/index.html?hpt=T2

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The current American primary schedule is not the work of the Founding Fathers. The schedule is the unintended consequence of a hodgepodge of habits and coincidences. But this unintended schedule has terrible real world consequences.

Consider this: If you were to ask a panel of Democratic and Republican economists and policy analysts to name the single most wasteful, foolish and destructive public policy of the United States, they would almost certainly identify the ethanol subsidy high on the list.

The U.S. pays a huge subsidy to transform corn into motor fuel. Not only does the subsidy waste money, but it artificially drives up the price of food all over the planet. Many economic studies have cited ethanol production as the single most important driver of recent world food price increases.

Why does this ridiculous program exist? The short answer is: the Iowa caucuses. You want to be a major party nominee for president? You'd better convince yourself that ethanol is indispensable.

Take Barack Obama for example: As a U.S. senator, he was one of ethanol's most reliable defenders. So much so, that the American Corn Growers Association endorsed him for president in 2008, only the second endorsement in the group's history.


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#1 : April 04, 2011, 08:47:29 PM

Never has figured out why Iowa and New Hampshire and after reading the article those two places make even less sense - ethanol issue is so dumb...  I think the whole primary deal is too long and too costly as well.   

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#2 : April 05, 2011, 12:30:15 AM

The idea behind the primaries was that the candidates would be able to interact more closely with voters. But this is sort of an obsolete system now. This was devised back in the days when news traveled on horseback. Candidates would go from one state to the next and the people would vote while the candidates were there. And by the time the primaries are over, the delegates meet and pick a nominee. Then the general election rolls around and every candidate has already visited every state.

Today this process is outdated.

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#3 : April 05, 2011, 07:45:53 AM

That is one long horseback ride - from Iowa to New Hampshire... just sayin 588

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