How Ethanol Became a Wedge Issue in Iowa

How Ethanol Became a Wedge Issue in Iowa

As the “lamestream” media, late-night talk show hosts, and Sarah Palin impersonator-in-chief Tina Fey lapped up the former Alaska governor’s first remarks to Donald Trump’s “right-wingin’ bitter-clingin’” supporters, one of her most hilarious lines didn’t get the...
How Romney Could Blow Iowa

How Romney Could Blow Iowa

Should Congress renew the wind-energy production tax credit that’s scheduled to expire at the end of 2012? It depends on whom you ask — a Democrat, a Republican, or another Republican. On August 1, Mitt Romney declared his strong opposition to this tax...
My Broken Heart

My Broken Heart

I celebrated the Fourth of July this year by having a heart attack. All things considered, watching fireworks would have been more fun. I woke up at 2 a.m. on July 5th with raging pain in my chest and both arms. I was bathed in a cold, clammy sweat, and my breath was...
Donald Kaul’s Breather

Donald Kaul’s Breather

Donald Kaul’s latest column is also his last — either forever or until he changes his mind. I’d like to assure his fans that yes, he’s come back from retirement before. But this time, it’s different. As Don explains with his trademark...
South Carolina on my Mind

South Carolina on my Mind

Yet another Republican ABM (Anybody But Mitt) candidate has experienced failure to launch. The Newt Gingrich rocket that seemed oh-so-formidable just a few weeks ago didn’t survive an avalanche of negative ads financed by stealth Romney money in Iowa. It crashed...

Reading Frog Entrails

The Iowa caucuses may be over by the time you read this. But it doesn’t matter. The caucuses are the second-most fraudulent event on the nation’s political calendar. The first, of course, is the Ames Straw Poll. It’s entirely meaningless, but...
You Can’t Milk a Butter Cow

You Can’t Milk a Butter Cow

Tim Pawlenty, erstwhile governor of Minnesota, gave up his bid for the presidency after finishing third in Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll, shocking the vast majority of Americans who didn’t know he was running. I don’t know whether it was a wise move or not,...
Casino Crops

Casino Crops

Thanks to decades of deregulated agriculture, markets for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and other farm commodities have become high-stakes casinos. If family farmers are to be stewards of the land and safe, nutritious local supplies of food are what we want, then we...