When people complain about corporate welfare you rarely hear them complaining of tariffs and quotas. I have to wonder why.
Steel tariffs help steel producers at the expense of steel consumers and sugar tariffs help sugar producers at the expense of sugar consumers.
Indeed. Says Williams,
“How come sugar’s cheaper in Canada? Are they a free trade country?” The answer is a big fat no. It’s just that they don’t have much, if any, of a sugar industry, and hence there’s little pressure on the Canadian Parliament to enact protectionist measures.
So what should Congress do? In the real world, when Congress enacts a miracle for one group of Americans, such as sugar producers, it creates a non-miracle for other Americans. Should Congress create a miracle for the sugar-using industry to offset the devastating effects of its miracle for sugar producers — like keeping imported candy out of the United States? I don’t know how that might work, but I’m betting they’lll run into the same problem God explained so aptly to the Angel Gabriel when He said, “Every time Ah passes a miracle, Ah has to pass fo’ or five mo’ to ketch up wid it.”
Surely, if Congress creates a miracle for candy manufacturers, that miracle is going to create a non-miracle for somebody else — at least those who eat candy or own candy retail stores.
It’s a vicious circle, indeed. And miracles seem to be in short supply.