On the issue of cronyism, there is one noticeable exception during this year’s campaign. In spite of what could be perceived as a political risk, one candidate has remained true to his opposition to (and his commitment to end) the terrible renewable-fuel standard, which requires blending ethanol and other biofuels into the gasoline supply, thereby driving food prices up and creating all sorts of distortions in the energy market: That’s Senator Ted Cruz.
Cruz has long been an opponent of the renewable fuel standard; he even sponsored a bill to repeal it in 2013. Since 2014 he has argued for phasing it out. He is sticking to his plan, which would end the standard by 2022. With the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, that’s brave.
I have to say that I admire Cruz’s consistency here. It is unusual in politicians and it’s important.
I have to say that I do too. When it comes to getting the sugary, engine-destroying pisswater that passes for gasoline these days out of the expensive vehicles on which most Americans rely, it can’t happen soon enough. I hope Ted keeps fighting the good fight, on this issue among others. It may seem a small thing, but it’s part and parcel of our larger problem.
Far from perfect update! And when Trump is wrong, he’s really, really wrong.