Romney Hearts Ethanol Subsidies


It was an odd setting for a policy pronouncement, but on the sidewalk outside the Historical Building here, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney embraced ethanol subsidies. It came just days after and blocks from where his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Tim Pawlentysaid the subsidies should be phased out.

“I support the subsidy of ethanol,” he told an Iowa voter. “I believe ethanol is an important part of our energy solution for this country.” Iowa leads the nation in the production of corn, a main source of  ethanol.

Mr. Romney and a crowd that had come to see his first Iowa speech of the year had been evacuated from the Historical Building by a fire alarm. Amid the tumult, a woman asked if he was going to take any questions. He said given the circumstances, the question and answer part of the program appeared out of the question. So she presented him a typed out note demanding his position on ethanol, one she had intended to present at the presidential forum that had just abruptly ended.

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The first example, since his commencement for the GOP candidacy, that he is, truly, a liberal, and not a conservative. Ethanol subsidies are nothing more than government welfare. Anyone who truly wishes to see smaller, leaner government, should denounce Romney as a statist at heart. Is it any wonder that the liberals in the media have chosen to portray Romney as Obama’s biggest threat to another term?

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