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Obama's Next 'Sweet' Bailout

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"Clearly, the USDA has made up its mind that Big Sugar is going to trump the American consumer," is how industry exec perceives the news that the government is considerng buying 400,000 tons of sugar, as WSJ reports, to stave off a wave of defaults by sugar processors that borrowed $862 million under a government price-support program. Since these 'loans' were given nine-months ago, sugar prices have plunged 18% - and could leave the government's price-support program with an embarrassing $80 million loss given the additional sugar-to-ethanol purchase losses. Of course, rather than pass on lower prices to a struggling consumer, the government's decision is to avoid a loss for corporations such as American Crystal Sugar Co., Amalgamated Sugar Co. and U.S. Sugar Corp., and, as Sen. Jeanne Shaheen notes "unfairly leaving consumers and businesses on the hook to foot the bill and that is unacceptable." Moar Big Gulps...



Via WSJ,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering buying 400,000 tons of sugar to stave off a wave of defaults by sugar processors that borrowed $862 million under a government price-support program.


The action aims to prop up tumbling U.S. sugar prices, which have fallen 18% since the USDA made the nine-month operations-financing loans beginning in October.




The move would benefit companies that turn sugar beets and sugar cane into granulated sweetener, a business plied by American Crystal Sugar Co., Amalgamated Sugar Co. and U.S. Sugar Corp. The USDA wouldn't say how many companies have received loans, or identify them. U.S. Sugar said it doesn't have any USDA loans outstanding. American Crystal and Amalgamated didn't respond to requests for comment.


Higher prices would hit food companies including candy giants Mars Inc., Hershey Co. and Nestlé SA, and could ultimately boost retail food prices, at a time when many consumers are financially stretched.


"Clearly, the USDA has made up its mind that Big Sugar is going to trump the American consumer," said Pierson Bob Clair, president and chief executive at Brown & Haley, a confectioner in Tacoma, Wash., that makes Roca butter-crunch candy.


The USDA makes loans to sugar processors annually as part of a program that is rooted in the 1934 Sugar Act. The loans are secured with some 4.1 billion pounds, or 2.05 million tons, of sugar that companies expect to produce from the current harvest. That comes to almost a quarter of total U.S. output that the USDA forecasts for this year.




The loan program was designed to operate at no cost to taxpayers. A June 2000 study by the Government Accountability Office, then called the General Accounting Office, estimated the program's cost to the U.S. economy at $700 million in 1996 and $900 million in 1998.


The National Confectioners Association, which represents about 350 candy companies, including Mars, Hershey and Nestlé, estimates that the U.S. Sugar Program has cost consumers about $14 billion since the Farm Bill's passage in 2008.




Any defaults on loans this year would be the first test of a provision in the 2008 Farm Bill that requires the USDA to sell forfeited sugar to ethanol producers. Most ethanol in the U.S. is distilled from corn.


To entice ethanol producers to buy sugar to mix in with corn, the USDA expects it will have to take a 10-cent loss on every pound of sugar it sells, bringing the total to $80 million if 400,000 tons are purchased, Ms. Fecso said.




"If the USDA has to intervene…we're going to be unfairly leaving consumers and businesses on the hook to foot the bill and that is unacceptable," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.), co-sponsor of a bill that would give the USDA more flexibility in handling the sugar program.


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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:18 | 3325726 Lost Wages
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This dude needs to be more like Governor Jesse Ventura when I lived in Minnesota and send ME some motherfuckin' checks.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:20 | 3325736 otto skorzeny
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if you're not an unemployed single black woman w/5 chilluns or a big US company you're SOL

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:25 | 3325758 CH1
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The productive class will be looted - there is no other choice.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:36 | 3325808 Surly Bear
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I will forever hold a grudge that Hostess Brands was not bailed out. Twinkies are a better economic indicator than any bank or automobile manufacturer.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:45 | 3325862 NotApplicable
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Umm... they'll be back on the shelves as soon as the bankruptcy is finished.

Like most of America, Hostess had a wholly unsustainable business model.

Tyler wrote about it yesterday.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:47 | 3326082 malikai
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Is it just me, or does anyone else find the surge in sugar price from last friday to be a bit, uh, suspect?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:25 | 3325867 TruthInSunshine
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This is awesome. Truly.

It's a taxpayer bailout of sugar refiners who are allegedly at risk of defaulting on their existing taxpayer-backed loans of close to a billion USD as previously provided by

This is,'s exactly like the government forcing taxpayers to buy 400,000 tons of sugar at artificially high prices, which will then create higher prices for products for many of these same taxpayers when they buy products containing sugar, in order to ensure that the money the government already forced taxpayers to loan to sugar refineries isn't defaulted on (for now).

"The USDA is considering buying 400,000 tons of sugar in an aim to limit supply and boost prices so that sugar producers can pay back government loans that they’re in danger of defaulting on, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move would be an exercise of an untested provision inserted in the 2008 farm bill called the Feedstock Flexibility Program, which allows the USDA to intervene in the market to raise prices."

Epic. Forward, Komrade Kapitalism!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3325868 Manthong
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Bloomberg needs to ban all sugar related instruments from his terminals.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:53 | 3325896 john39
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local government bans sugar....  federal government bails out and subsidizes big sugar...  yeah, it all makes sense.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:18 | 3325963 Pseudo Anonym
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just like tobacco in canada; or perhaps even elsewhere

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:17 | 3325882 AlaricBalth
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The Fanjul family of Florida, owners of a vast sugar conglomerate including Domino Sugar, Florida Crystals and Flo-Sun, is one of the most egregious beneficiaries of federal government largesse. According to, they have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to both political parties to ensure that the money continues to flow from the taxpayers into their own lavishly lined pockets. Some of the recipients of Fanjul donations include Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Eric Cantor, Robert Menendez, John Boehner, Alcee Hastings, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and many more. This family knows how to cover all the bases. Just this past year, equal amounts have been donated to the Dem and Rep National Committees.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:28 | 3326006 Hobbleknee
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Imagine how cheap sugar would be if imports weren't taxed to protect domestic sugar.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:27 | 3326220 tarsubil
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Wait. You said they contributed to both political parties? I only see one.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 16:43 | 3327457 AlaricBalth
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You are right, of course. I should know better. I stand firmly corrected.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:57 | 3325902 Dr. Richard Head
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Hence the lack of the productive person's desire to be productive.  I doubled my compensation in 2012 over 2011 and all I got was a fucking HUGE tax bill.  My tax advisor keeps telling me to take advantage of tax breaks in 401K's and such with the mantra of "Pay yourself instead of Uncle Sam."  I corrected him and said Uncle Sam owns that market too, it's just some other schmuck in a suit takes a skim off of that cash first before going right to Uncle Sam.  He looked like a dog hearing a high pitched noise, head all cocked to the side, wide-eyed and shit.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:25 | 3325760 Tsar Pointless
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Ridiculous comment of the day.

So a single black woman with as you say "5 chilluns" is somehow financially equatable with a big US company?

You are a sick racist, aren't you? Go ahead, be loud and proud and admit it.

I hope you lose all of your belongings and fortune and have to rely on gubermint aid. Sincerely I do.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:35 | 3325790 otto skorzeny
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they are both welfare queens suckling at Uncle Sam's dry and cracked teat and feel free to support both with your tax dollars. Sincerely-you're a knee-jerk douchebag that should be posting at HuffPo.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:53 | 3325894 Transitory
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Thanks, missed that thread. You're saying that indirectly we're all SNAP recipients just by going to the grocery store. Ugh.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:45 | 3326074 Bryan
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:00 | 3325903 otto skorzeny
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this is all part of the problem-if you can't afford an unsubsidized product-YOU SHOULDN'T BUY IT(and that includes using fucking credit cards).or-if you can't afford to run a business without govt "help" YOU SHOULD NOT BE IN BUSINESS. sorry I'm not in your little ZH mutual admiration society HH.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:01 | 3325913 hedgeless_horseman
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sorry I'm not in your little ZH mutual admiration society HH.

Want some government cheese to go with that whine?

I admire you and appreciate you, Otto, but this is Fight Club. 


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:03 | 3325920 otto skorzeny
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you do have your share of sycophants on here

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:41 | 3326272 a growing concern
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You'll get some love here too once you start posting some photos of delicious, non-horsemeat meals.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:49 | 3325881 Tsar Pointless
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Oh, I post there. I trounce those idiots there, too. Those who think that Chairman Ben and Paul Krugman are gods. I am an equal opportunity trouncer.

Otto, admit you're a racist, and move on. Because, I guarantee you - there are thousands of po' white folk in rural areas who get preggers at 15 and suck off of the cracked teat, as well.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:55 | 3325898 otto skorzeny
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care to come up with some hard #s as to the % of babies born to unwed teenaged minorities as opposed to caucasians? how about the % of crimes committed by minorities as opposed to whites? or the % of minorities in prison as opposed to whites? and don't give me that bullshit about the system fucking them over.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:21 | 3325983 DOT
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How about gross amount paid, Otto? After all we are talking about the effect it has on those that pay for it. Focus on the power not the pawn.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:39 | 3326051 Troll Magnet
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jesus fucking christ, dude. people have the right to not like anybody for whatever reasons. we don't live in a fucking kumbaya world. get over your pathetic PC self.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:06 | 3326136 Ricky Bobby
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Tsar what a fucking troll idiot. Ouch call me a rayciss - a fate worse then death. Jesus only in the mind of a libtard does the word racist hold any power.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:25 | 3326056 shuckster
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The White Welfare Queen argument is a media manifestation based on false premises

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:36 | 3325801 LFMayor
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I'd call him a sick realist.  Emphasis on the realism part.  He's a dick most of the time but he's spot on with this.

and you are a blind, willing little dumbass tool, praying to your diversity and inclusion golden calf.

Just where exactly do you think all that "gubermint aid" fucking comes from?  It just materializes?  Oh, they can print money anytime they need it.  Do you realize that the only reason all these leeches are fed this morning is because we've been coasting along, using up all the inertia supplied by hardworking people over the last 60 years?  Once that inertia is spent we're going to play mad max. 

And all these poor, downtrodden "gubermint aid" beneficiaries that you rise in magnificient defense of are going to fucking use your rib bones to tie up their hair, oh champion of the downtrodden.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:00 | 3325912 McMolotov
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+1 for the "rib bones in the hair" visual.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:15 | 3325950 MrButtoMcFarty
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:03 | 3326332 Lost My Shorts
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Otto is a racist.

He is also Catholic, and acts hurt at the vicious anti-Catholic stuff that gets posted any time the Vatican or pope is mentioned at ZH.  You would think he might learn from that, something.  About how it feels to be on the receiving end of casual hatred.  Maybe the spirit would enter his mind of that hairy no-job hippie from wayback who said "Do unto others bla bla."

Welfare queens have the same impact on the taxpayer regardless of color.  A numerical majority are White, even if the percentage is higher among Blacks.  It was totally gratuitous for Otto to specify black.  He did it because he wants to sow hatred and burn every bridge that might exist in society.  (WWJD)  That is why the USA has no chance.  People like Otto should be trying to build bridges to anyone, of any color, who shares his philosophy.  But instead he sows race hatred, and makes it clear to any black person that they had better stick with Barry-O and PK, because everyone here at ZH hates him and blames him for all the problems.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 14:46 | 3326832 JOYFUL
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fyi...not much traction generated here by calling out someone as a "racist"....kinda like walking into the ring wearing a chicken suit...might as well bring your own tar...

this here "Otto" is a victim too! Plenty of good folks get catched up in the sionist divide n conquer campaign...set whitey against the fro bros., or the towel heads, throw a match, step back, and steal everybody wallets. Happens all the time.

There's just no way outta this mess till we turn around and look at the dancin & laughin 'raelis behind every punch up. Blacks take a lot of flak for having a culture of dependency...but what would happen if all your best and brightest were targeted for elimination or enticed into addiction\dead end easy money dopin...

the 1960s was all about turning black people away from their real leaders and creating phony values and slick dope culture media memes to break their spirit, and will to get ahead in whitey's world. Smartest blacks left now  are the ones what want nothin to do with us, till we clean up our own act and get rid of the race traitors in our midst.

Then we can all live happily ever after...cept for u no hoo!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 19:41 | 3327953 mkhs
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You be dreamin again.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:51 | 3325885 NotApplicable
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Gee, talk about a sicko... openly wishing disaster on someone who merely points out various types of welfare queens.

But that's the kind of evil incoherence to be expected by a violent statist looking for a benevolent dictator to "make it all fair."

You can try and justify theft for the benefit of one person over another, but you'll never escape the fact that it relies upon theft, and as such, it UNDERMINES ALL OF SOCIETY.

See, once an action is accepted, it can be applied to ANY goals, like say, massive theft to fund war.

You think you're a do-gooder, but never once look at the evil you perpetrate to achieve your ends.

Or perhaps you're the best troll EVAR? Poe's Law is a bitch, sometimes.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:04 | 3326130 stormsailor
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well,  you brought it up but, yeah.   a single minority woman with 5 dependents probably receives in total government largesse, 120,000 a year.  now thats a guess, but i read a report done 4 years ago for minority females with 2 dependents in mississippi and at that time it was the equivalent of 102,000.


as much as i hate this fascist corporatocracy corruption.


i equally hate the same batch that allow the other.  and the simple fact is there are 10's of thousands of the latter.



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:58 | 3325907 infinity8
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Most of the welfare queens in my neck of the woods are white. And there's plenty of them.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:28 | 3326007 McMolotov
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Obviously black people don't live in the woods.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:55 | 3326106 infinity8
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multi-generation, expertly home-schooled to achieve their own full plate of "benefits" by the time they turn 18. it's a real career.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 17:04 | 3327549 de3de8
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Tk's for the gut laugh!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:08 | 3325935 marcusfenix
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so your saying that only black women have five chilluns running around sucking at the government teet?

then you need to get out more, cause at least where I live white women are doing it to, so are the Latinos, hell even the Asians are getting into the act...

everybody's doing it, of course it doesn't help that the younger generation of "men" don't have any concept of commitment beyond the first two minutes.

maybe you lead a sheltered life, but this is a affliction that at least from what i've seen, goes way beyond color. 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:43 | 3326068 shuckster
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Based on your ring kissing of government and big media talking points, I'd wager you are on the government tit as we speak

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:03 | 3326127 marcusfenix
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so my personal observations made in the area in which I live are now "big media talking points"?

why is that, because they don't line up with your personal world view?

and what would it matter if I was on the tit, according to your above comment that's ok, because I'm white I have the "moral high-ground" right?

that is what you said.

and how does expressing an opinion on a subject become "government ring kissing", I suppose a real hardcore freedom fighter has to think, talk and sound like you...

I would guess you consider yourself a "real American" by the comment you posted further up on this thread but I've got to wonder, what boat did your ancestors come off of?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:34 | 3326167 shuckster
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Its called talking your book. Whichever position you support, generally, they are your paymasters. If you are using liberal talking points, its probably because you are receiving checks from the government

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:59 | 3326323 marcusfenix
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first I'm not using liberal talking points, my comment once again, was based purely on personal observation about the area in which I live.

what about that do you not understand?

my "paymaster" is a shipping/receiving warehouse and distribution center and not politically aligned beyond the personal views of those that work there (we are non- union). 

if you were to read any of my past comments on ZH you would see that I am clearly not a supporter of either the fake left or right positions that exist in this country. it's all just part of the PTB's social engineering program which has been probably been going on since your ancestors came off the boat from Europe. Obama, for example, is nothing more then the same empty suit teleprompter reading mouthpiece that Bush was before him.

they all have the same paymasters and as much as people like to label them (and by extension themselves) democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal ect. it's all just a well managed puppet show and the adherents to this paradigm are living a blue pill fantasy. I am well aware, maybe even more than most,of how far the media continues to go to protect and propagate this lie to which sadly many Americans continue to cling to. 

as far as showing respect, my ancestors came here from Russia and built the society you now call home. you should show some respect.



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 14:09 | 3326548 stormsailor
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yeah, see black women have chilluns,  white women have youngins, lol

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:02 | 3325919 Groundhog Day
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No losses for corporations period.  Isn't capitalism grand 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:28 | 3326008 DOT
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Capitalism? I think you may need to explain your definition.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:39 | 3326054 whatsinaname
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Moar some Sugar on me !!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:20 | 3325734 localsavage
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So what your saying is that borrowing to hide real inflation won't work.....

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:21 | 3325738 digalert
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What? USDA palms greased?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:44 | 3325854 20834A
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Pepe Fanjul was on the phone with Clinton while Monica was servicing him. Now THAT"S influence. Get the picture? The Fanjul brothers are about as slimy a 1% as you'll find, and that's saying something.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:03 | 3325921 QQQBall
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So who gave Slick Willie wood? Monica, or?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3325740 astoriajoe
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Isn't sugar already like 3x the price of world market?  WTF?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:08 | 3325933 McMolotov
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That's the way Uncle Sugar likes it.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:23 | 3325741 Son of Loki
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One (free) pound of sugar with every GM car you buy with a 30-year, zero down car loan you take out.


Sounds bullish to me!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 15:09 | 3326946 BooMushroom
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But you have to put it in the gas tank of your old vehicle. Broken windows for everyone!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:22 | 3325744 Unprepared
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Can we now call him Mr. Brown Sugar Daddy?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:26 | 3325764 CH1
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Can we now call him Mr. Brown Sugar Daddy?

I don't give a shit what he looks like - I care that he's a thug who wants to be thanked for his extortions.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3325831 DblAjent
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You've positioned yourself quite strategically alluding any implications of being a racist. Way to stand out. /sarc

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:22 | 3325747 GolfHatesMe
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This wouldn't happen if real sugar was in soda. 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:38 | 3325819 LFMayor
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Throwback formulas, bitches.  Like turning back the clock.  Hell, they even use the original logos on the boxes.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 15:11 | 3326956 BooMushroom
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We actually get the "Mexican formula" coke here in CA, made there in Mexico, with real sugar in 12oz glass bottles.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:23 | 3325750 buzzsaw99
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Turn it into vodka and give all us peon comrades a ration like they did in former soviet union and did also with gin in 1984.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:23 | 3325751 tony bonn
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the sugar terrorists should be prosecuted just like the tobacco companies - same goes for the fast food chains and their lard cuisine...

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:56 | 3325901 Real Estate Geek
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That's a slippery slope you're on, TB.  How about we instead let people eat, drink, and smoke what they want? 

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.

~Thomas Jefferson

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:53 | 3326097 Umh
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Did you mean persecuted?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:23 | 3325753 otto skorzeny
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ethanol sucks but there is alot more energy for it in sugar than corn(which is not a whole lot). alot of brazil's ethanol comes from sugar cane

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:34 | 3325795 Cursive
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@otto skorenzy

At this rate of Kafkaesque silliness, the USDA will buy it with our tax dollar and send it, free of charge and shipping, to Brazil.  Meanwhile, SNAP participation continues to climb....

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3325866 Dr. No
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My bet is sugar cane ethonol is illegal due to corn lobby.  I know sales of ethanol from natrual gas is illegal.  It wouldnt surprise me sugar is as well.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:58 | 3325908 Real Estate Geek
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And even more energy in hemp.  (But now that I think about it, Jesus made hemp a bad, bad plant.  So we should hate it and all that stems from it.)

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:42 | 3326065 Rustysilver
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How much Brazil's ethanol makes to the US?  How much $$$ makes to Brazil for cotton subsidy?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:23 | 3325755 Lets_Eat_Ben
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"we're going to be unfairly leaving consumers and businesses on the hook to foot the bill and that is unacceptable," said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.), co-sponsor of a bill that would give the USDA more flexibility in handling the sugar program." - The financially illiterate bitch.


Gotta find ways to spend the oceans of currency being manifested. Use that money to line our pockets and to keep the people complacent by giving them chocolate.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:53 | 3325871 pods
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I could not understand her statement.  Did she mean if the loans defaulted we are on the hook as taxpayers?

Or if they made the loans good we would be on the hook in terms of higher prices?

Either way I have a sinking feeling my ass is getting fucked again.



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:25 | 3325761 NoDebt
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I know nothing about the sugar industry.  But I know if the government and "loans" are involved it's bound to end in disaster.  Not for the borrower, but for me the taxpayer.

Applies to a lot more than just sugar, too.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3325788 machineh
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All you need to need to know is that these uncompetitive losers have been on the gov't tit since we were in diapers.

Without a protected market featuring U.S. domestic sugar prices that are multiples of the freely-traded world price, these corporate welfare queens wouldn't exist.

BIG SUGAR -- losers, extorting money from productive people through bent politicians.

Bill Bradley tried to shut down Big Sugar's stinking scam a quarter century ago ... and got nowhere.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:43 | 3325850 NoDebt
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Is Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) involved with sugar?  I always keep my ear to the ground for ADM.  They have got to be the biggest government-teat-sucking ag company on the planet.  I swear they wouldn't exist if they stopped getting government hand-outs.  This just FEELS like something they would be involved in, but, like I said, I don't know the sugar industry so I don't know if they are involved in this market.  Wouldn't want to paint them with this brush without knowing the facts first.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:52 | 3325888 pods
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Pretty much every large corp still going strong has their hand in our pocket.

I read a sugar racket story about a couple brothers in Florida a while back.  Everyone has carved up their own little niche of the taxpayer.

The whole government is one dead, bloated and stinking pig floating down a polluted river.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:36 | 3325807 Cursive
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Solyndra, FTW.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:26 | 3325763 rehypothecator
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I would be happy to have more Big Gulps, if it would help.  But it won't, because most soft drinks are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, due to the high price of sugar - thanks to sugar price supports.  Archer Daniels Midland produces HFCS, and by an amazing coincidence, also lobbies for sugar price supports. (Hard to believe, I know.) 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:26 | 3325766 the not so migh...
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Pro Bailout forces must be routed out and terminated.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:27 | 3325768 eclectic syncretist
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Bernanke you sorry sack of shit,...get the price of silver down so my HL call bid gets hit now, you stupid motherfucker.  What the fuck do you think you're printing my money for anyway, to give away to the big banks?????  Jackass.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:37 | 3325816 GolfHatesMe
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Calm down, Friday is your friend, POMO $4.75 - $5.75 billion, and no VIX

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:20 | 3325974 eclectic syncretist
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How can I calm down when 15 years of experience is telling me that a big window of opportunity is currently open but will probably begin closing anytime now?  I don't give a damn about Friday, because my timing is so bad I have to look out over a year into the future to have any success forecasting (chronically early). 

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:28 | 3325769 busted by the b...
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Equities, banks, auto cos, houses, sugar... how many fingers do they have left to stick in the leaky dike?

Soon our eceonomy will be all government all the time, aka central planning, I guess. 

Good luck with that.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:27 | 3325770 Desert Irish
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but... but.. wait didn't they resind Bloomberg's ban on excess sugary drinks? BULLISH!!!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3325775 the not so migh...
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thats corn syrup anyway.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:45 | 3325860 monad
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Thats genetically engineered high volume aphid excrement. Like us, corn is the unwilling, unwitting host. That shit makes sheople. You don't see the party members eat it, do you? Anyway.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:28 | 3325776 IamtheREALmario
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Comrade dictator Obummer has foiled the free market and decided who wins and who loses again. Maybe if the banks were not manipulating the price of sugar there would be no need for Obummer to buy the sugar from the banks and speculators.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3325777 Spastica Rex
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Drop bags of sugar from helicopters.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:29 | 3325778 rehypothecator
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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3325783 Cursive
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Where is Mike Bloomberg when we need him?  Probably making crass comments about some woman and worrying that somebody, somewhere is having a better time than him.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:31 | 3325784 Cdad
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The loan program was designed to operate at no cost to taxpayers.

I'm sure no one can spot the problem contained within that sentence.  MOAR fascist government programs, please.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:36 | 3325806 machineh
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You mean this program is not being funded with unlimited free money?

I am shocked -- SHOCKED -- to learn that taxpayers may be on the hook for gov't largesse.

Surely Congress will investigate this travesty! /sarc

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:10 | 3325785 GraveyardSpiral
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MOAR SUGAR!!!!!!!!!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:35 | 3325802 Lord Of Finance
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The federal government is like so many Americans health situation. It is out of shape, overweight, and lazy. Now it can also be a diabetic government as well. 


You are what you eat. So it is with individuals, so it is with nations.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:39 | 3325813 swissaustrian
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Everytime I meet a socialist telling me that speculators are responsible for high food prices, I'm telling him that governments are the biggest food speculators in the world via

- Farm subsidies, either to cultivate or NOT to cultivate

- Ethanol subsidies

- Government sponsored agricultural credit

- Import tarrifs

- Export subsidies

- the grant of intellectual property rights on seeds and crop protection

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:18 | 3325964 Racer
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And in the UK farmers can get a criminal record for not telling the seed companies that they didn't grow anything on their own land!!!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:38 | 3326257 swissaustrian
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Guilty until proven innocent

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 15:55 | 3327247 darteaus
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I bet it get pretty quiet right after that.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 15:55 | 3327248 darteaus
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I bet it get pretty quiet right after that.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:37 | 3325815 yogibear
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Bubble Bernanke and the Fed are buying up everything with printed money. Until the US dollar crisis occurs.

Once the US dollar is toast Bernanke and the Fed loose all control. Bernanke and the Fed will trash the US dollar until it blows up, it's a given.


In the mean time enjoy the party because Bernanke and the Fed are going for broke.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:39 | 3325821 Zen Bernanke
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the scumbaggery continues.  

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3325828 RhoneGSM
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Easy fix make rock candy sell at Whitehouse 



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3325829 RhoneGSM
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Easy fix make rock candy sell at Whitehouse 



Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:40 | 3325830 Keyser-Soze
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That's a SWEET deal for the sugar corps. Get it!? SWEET Deal? Like sugar is sweet and the deal is benefitting the Sugar corporations because theyr'e getting bailed out. Get it?!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:44 | 3325853 darteaus
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hmmm. Sorry, but I still don't get it.


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:21 | 3325945 Lord Of Finance
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You dont get it?


What Keyser IS saying IS that it IS a deal about sugar. Since sugar is SWEET, it becomes a SWEET deal for the sugar companies, since they make sugar, which is SWEET. Get it? 

Sugar is SWEET! So the deal is SWEET for the sugar companies, since they get a bailout by the gov't. 


Get it? It's SWEET.


Get it?



/sarc + 3





Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:01 | 3326122 Keyser-Soze
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See LoF Get's it!!

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:41 | 3325835 Bansters-in-my-...
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If you think precious metals are not manipulated have a look at kitcos gold chart.

Fuck YOU's all bankers.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:42 | 3325840 darteaus
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Just like the depression! FDR dumped milk, and 0bama will be dumping sugar, and GM cars, and ethenol, and.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:45 | 3325858 TrulyStupid
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Don't worry we can switch to Aspartame and give the subsidies to Monsanto.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:49 | 3325875 TrulyStupid
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There is also a subsidy opportunity to the dairy industry:

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:46 | 3325869 GolfHatesMe
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10:30, Nice to see you Mr. Henry.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:47 | 3325872 MickV
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Get a clue TD. There is no "law" and no "Constitution" and no "United States". It has been Usurped by the New World Order and its front man Barack Hussein Obama, a non natural born British subject, born of a British subject father.

There is no "law" when the President, who is the executor of the laws, is an illegal entity. The law is now what evil and capricious men say it is, and the beatings will continue until the mass realization that the President is an illegal entity. Only with that realization will Obama's entire presidency be voided, and the blood of tyrants and patriots restores the Republic.

I thought your mission was to inform the public. Are you a coward?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:51 | 3325884 Mr. Hudson
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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:52 | 3325886 TrulyStupid
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Hmmm.. I thought Obama, like most people, was born of his mother.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 20:54 | 3328166 MickV
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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:48 | 3325873 Mr. Hudson
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"...pour a little sugar on it, honey, ahhh sugar..."

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:49 | 3325876 Seasmoke
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Sugar Daddy

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:51 | 3325883 gaoptimize
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As a new bee keeper, a policy that drives up the price of sugar does me direct harm.  Winter and parts of April, the bees need to be fed sugar if there is going to be honey to spare in the fall.  I'll never see any of the ~10% to 30% increase in productivity of the fields my bees visit.  I deserve a subsidy, but would rather they stop.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:23 | 3325981 Winston of Oceania
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Maybe you could keep enough bees to make it without subsidy?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:36 | 3326041 Lord Of Finance
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Totally unfair, but the government is not about fairness, no matter what those lawyers/politicians spew at the voters.


Do you get property tax breaks for the bee's? In my state we do. I rent a cottage on old former farm land and the owners are retired and are financially fed up with their dwindling dollar holdings. We have been talking about becoming bee-keepers. Their son does it, but he lives up in the mountains in our state. He does it to avoid the taxes. 


We want to do it for that purpose, but also because the honey that bees provide is such an amazing product of nature. We are very health conscious and we know the value of honey to our well beings. Do you get property tax breaks? In my state, we get farm tax benefits if you keep bees and produce honey. It qualifies as a bee farm.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 19:26 | 3327910 de3de8
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Just don't tell the bees what's up .

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:52 | 3325890 shovelhead
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Suger frosted gubbmint cheese. Awesome.

Can we gets it in them spraycans too?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 10:55 | 3325899 Bansters-in-my-...
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Sweet deal .

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:10 | 3325940 Racer
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Less sugar producers would be a boon for consumers.. less sugar in food would be fantastic news

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:23 | 3325973 Winston of Oceania
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:13 | 3325947 Decimus Lunius ...
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Those fucking neo-mercantilist Germans and Chineses directly supporting domestic industry by manipulating prices.  Wait...


Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:38 | 3326029 shuckster
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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:37 | 3326045 thebondfreak
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I wonder how many union workers these surgar companies employ?

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 11:41 | 3326061 Paracelsus
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The Booze mfgr's were discussing whether to water down their products.Take the surplus sugar,make alcohol from it,put it in the booze.Fixed it for ya.

Don't worry.Be happy.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:11 | 3326150 ToNYC
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UST coupons will offer better terms when clipping bags of sugar and bricks of cheese instead of weak and tasteless paper.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 13:29 | 3326388 Quinvarius
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You knew it all along.  All crony bailouts lead back to JPM.

>>>1.35 Million Tons

“JPMorgan’s futures business accepts and makes deliveries on behalf of clients, as part of our normal business operations that facilitate customer access to global commodities exchanges,” Justin Perras, a JPMorgan spokesman, said today in an e-mailed reply to Bloomberg questions. JPMorgan is the second-largest U.S. bank by assets. <<<

JPM was storing their bad trade at Cargil.  All you ever have to know is that JPM took delivery of 1.35 million tons of sugar.  The rest is smoke, mirrors, and complete lies.  They tried to bluff and muscle the market.  They were destroyed.  It was just another whale trade.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 01:23 | 3328790 Youri Carma
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Obama the Long-Legged Sugar Daddy

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