Things That Make You Go “Huh?”

Boston.com: NH’s Shaheen pushing for reforms to sugar program

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is part of a group of legislators supporting a measure to reform the federal sugar program to save consumers money.

The “federal sugar program”?

Seriously?

Let me guess. It’s been costly and ineffective?

Shaheen says the federal sugar program has cost consumers and businesses an estimated $14 billion over the last four years. About 112,000 jobs have been lost in sugar-using industries between 1997 and 2009.

Yeah…couldn’t see that coming.

:-| (shocked face)

She says the Sugar Reform Act will reform domestic supply restrictions, lower price support levels and ensure adequate sugar supplies at reasonable prices.

And, that’s the federal government’s business how, exactly?

The bill rolls back provisions added in 2008 that the group says unfairly benefit wealthy sugar farmers at the expense of consumers.

And, of course, what “progressive” economic proposal would be complete without an attack on the evil rich?

Shaheen is participating in a news conference Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in Washington to discuss the measure.

It’s been almost four years, and I’m still waiting for her to participate in a news conference to discuss her refusal and/or inability to stand up to her party’s leadership and insist that a federal budget be voted on in the U.S. Senate.

Will she explain to the voters of New Hampshire why she believes that having an operating budget for our country’s trillion-dollar-plus economy isn’t really that important?

Will she show us where in the Constitution it describes price fixing of household commodities as a responsibility and duty of the government?

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