Hoyer must stand against sugar car­tels

The Calvert Recorder - - Community Forum -

We be­lieve that Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md., 5th) is in the pocket of the na­tion’s beet and cane sugar car­tels. Hoyer con­tin­u­ally votes to main­tain the U.S. sugar pro­gram. Why? It is re­ally quite sim­ple: Rep. Hoyer has re­ceived well over $85,000 in po­lit­i­cal do­na­tions from the sugar car­tels since com­ing to Wash­ing­ton in 1981.

Thanks to Rep. Hoyer and oth­ers, the U.S. sugar pro­gram con­tin­ues. We be­lieve the sugar pro­gram is a Soviet-style com­mand-and-con­trol scheme that re­stricts plant­ing and im­ports.

This in­flates the price of sugar in the United States to al­most dou­ble the world price. So, when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or any­thing sweet­ened, you pay more.

Ac­cord­ing to the Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice, the pro­gram means Amer­i­cans pay $3.5 bil­lion ev­ery year in in­creased gro­cery costs, which breaks down to $58 per house­hold.

In Rep. Hoyer’s 36 years in of­fice, he re­peat­edly voted against sugar re­form, cost­ing each Mary­land fam­ily an ad­di­tional $2,088 for gro­ceries. You have to ask your­self, is my con­gress­man re­ally fight­ing to make life bet­ter, or is he just an­other politi­cian in it for the cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions? It’s time for Rep. Hoyer to step up and end this costly govern­ment give­away to the car­tels.

The In­de­pen­dent Bak­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion is an in­ter­na­tional trade as­so­ci­a­tion that fights to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of mostly fam­ily-owned whole­sale bak­ers and al­lied trades. For more in­for­ma­tion about IBA and sugar pro­gram cor­rup­tion, visit IBAbaker.com.

Ni­cholas A. Pyle, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The writer is pres­i­dent of the In­de­pen­dent Bak­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

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