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More Ethanol Boondoggle Facts and Fun

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2012, at 11:16 AM

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A recent letter to the editor regarding ethanol mandates written by Jim Stuever of Dexter, MO http://www.semissourian.com/story/188735... caught my attention. I wondered why this particular individual was so passionate about preserving the federal ethanol mandate.

I usually start my search for answers to agriculture issues with the EWG database. I was not surprised to find that four Stuevers from Dexter have received over $3 million in farm subsidies since 1999 (including Jim Steuver at almost $2 million individually)...

http://farm.ewg.org/addrsearch.php?s=yup...

Mr. Jim Stuever is also the Vice-President of the Missouri Corn Growers Assn, and serves on the National Corn Growers Assn Trades and Biotechnology Action Team...

http://www.mocorn.org/index.php?option=c...

Rep. Emerson has received more funds from agribusiness than any other sector...

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/i...

The Missouri Corn Growers Assn has contributed $1000 to Rep. Emerson in 2012...

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.p...

The National Corn Growers Assn has contributed $4500 to Rep. Emerson in 2012...

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.p...

Obviously the influence of the agriculture industry on Rep. Emerson's voting record is substantial given her support for past farm bills...

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2002/roll123....

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll346....

and the federal ethanol mandate...

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll132....

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll1177... (this vote was also the infamous "outlaw incandescent lightbulbs law")

Obviously the vast majority of the voters in this congressional district don't care that our representative (or any representative from any congressional district for that matter) can be bought. Obviously congressional approval ratings are somewhere between gum disease and inflamed hemmorhoids.

Is Rep. Jo Ann Emerson a part of the bigger problems in this country as a whole, or is her particular brand of crony capitalism positive? Just something to think about when you are paying more for less at the grocery store, and when you see those big Emerson campaign signs on the edge of the cornfields in Stoddard County.


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The old adage " follow the money" still works. Thanks for the education Rick.

-- Posted by jcwill on Sat, Sep 1, 2012, at 1:19 PM

The relationship between corporations and government is too cozy. There is no one party or one elected official who is more or less guilty of crony capitalism than the others.

I think term limits may be a step in the right direction, and would support legislation to introduce a constitutional amendment to enact term limts, but the political world seems to be a revolving door. We seen MO Rep Tilley file as a lobbyist this week. This is not unique to Missouri or the GOP.

-- Posted by Simon Jester on Sun, Sep 2, 2012, at 11:09 AM


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I was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1972, and grew up in the Chaffee area where I still reside with my lovely wife and three beautiful and talented daughters. I have been employed in the paper industry for the past 14 years and am a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. In my spare time I support my local parochial school, listen to and perform music, and read. This is my second run for U.S. Congress as the Libertarian Party candidate. In 2010 I was endorsed by the Boston Tea Party and received an "A" rating from the Gun Owners of America. Since my last campaign I supported the opposition to the smoking ban in Cape Girardeau, gathered signatures for the Show-Me Cannabis initiative, was elected to the Missouri State Libertarian Party Executive Committee, and recently won the Champion of Freedom Award. I hope that my candidacy helps to advance the cause of individual liberty. I welcome your questions and comments. Thank you for reading!