Of course,the governor still knows best.
Proving again that he's a REAL, not a fake, conservative, Governor Pawlenty is in Washington urging Congress to up ethanol standards ( www.startribune.com/stories/587/5518990.html ) . After all, there is no ethanol market without the government mandating it. He also ignores the fact that ethanol is a horrible fuel for combustion engines, costs much more than petroleum, and is a disaster that requires the government to force us to use it after it forces us to subsidize it.
"This doesn't just benefit farmers,'' he said. "It's good for rural and economic development. It's good environmental policy, and it's good national security policy.'' And who would know better than a guy who can't wait to get to the other side of the Potomac? But, of course, this flies in the face of facts ( www.taxpayersleague.org/issues/legislative_issues_2005.php and scroll down to Ethanol Mandates and Subsidies. The study by Pimentel at Cornell calls ethanol "subsidized food burning" www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle/01/8.23.01/Pimentel-ethanol.html ) And yet the Governor goes merrily along extolling ethanol. And always remember, it was state government that brought you the final and fully convincing reason that they should never ever be trusted with decisions involving business: Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycle Company ( http://minneapolisfed.org/pubs/fedgaz/00-01/opinion.cfm .As you read the article, keep substituting "Twins Stadium") .
Crimeny Governor, haven't you done enough damage to your Republican credentials yet?