We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”
Everybody has known for years that it's just a boondoggle for Iowa corn farmers.
So Algore admits that a significant part of the reason for his supporting ethanol subsidies is because he wanted to get in good with Iowa farmers - in other words, he's admitting he was bribing them with other people's money.
I don't generally have much respect for him, but I have to say that I admire his candor here. I doubt the MSM will make any note of it. The cynic in my thinks that expectation played a part in his decision to be honest.
Of course, now that the plan has worked and he's got rich off the subsidies to various biofuel companies it's time to get biofuel out of the limelight, villified as bad for the environment, and at a time of his choosing launch something else that can be milked for all the billions it's worse before it goes the same way, the way of the dodo.
You have to know that the only reason this "industry" got off the ground at all is because of the subsidies. Nobody looking to make a profit would consider producing ethanol for motor fuel. And no sane bureaucrat would create a policy to use food as motor fuel. It just shows you how far our government has jumped the tracks.
This is only one great argument for free markets over central planning, but its a really great one!