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.
America’s renewable fuels program has been hit with a massive fraud case. A Texas man was ordered to pay $55 million in restitution and sentenced to more than 15 years in prison last Friday for selling nearly $42 million in fraudulent biofuel credits.
As the article points out, fraud is practically inherent in the program because not enough ethanol is being produced to meet the mandates.
I am reminded of another Texas fraudster, Billy Sol Estes, whose scams involved nonexistent ammonia tanks and USDA cotton allotments back in the 1950s and early 1960s. Billy Sol had ties to LBJ.