I attended a GA townhall with Newt Gingrich in late Oct. He spoke at length about his 21st Century Contract For America and also his ideas about the EPA. I agree with Newt that we have to have some basic standards such as clean drinking water etc. He plans to replace the EPA with a small streamlined agency that will work with business to find solutions that help the environment but that will not jeopardize our standard of living or get in the way of corporations to do business. Ethanol is just one part of the story. Gingrich plans to cut out the regs so the coal industry can crank back up again and he is going to drill baby drill. This is what we need to be doing.
The Ethanol subsidy question is in the public domain for debate. As time goes by it will become more and more apparent that the most inefficient way to produce ethanol is from corn. As I understand it the legislature is already planning to cut out the ethanol corn subsidy anyway. Sugar is a much better way to go with ethanol.
None of us is going to find a presidential candidate that we agree 100% with. I’m going with Newt because I agree with him about 90% of the time. Maybe we can all change his mind about the Ethanol corn subsidy.
That’s hardly the only problem with Gingrich, its just one part of his small government conservatism that is anything but small.
A small government conservative would eliminate the EPA and let the market decide which industries can stand or fall. If they can’t survive without incentives, they are a failure.