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Levin: If Conservatives Can’t Get Rid of Ethanol Subsidies, 'Then What Are They Going to Cut?'

By Mairead McArdle | December 15, 2015 | 4:31pm EST

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin asked his listeners Monday what conservatives would cut if not ethanol subsidies, which he said are a failure environmentally and economically.

“Your typical, big government, Stalinist-like program, and that’s exactly what it is,” said Levin. “And if people can’t even recognize that, then what are they going to cut?”

Here is the transcript of Levin’s comments:

“The way you stay away from OPEC and that Middle East stuff is to unleash our productive sector, not subsidize – with tens of billions of dollars – ethanol.

“Folks, don’t we believe in competition?

“Ethanol’s not going to help us get away from oil in the Middle East. Productive sources of energy will help us get away from oil in the Middle East, and we’re almost there. We were almost there, until Obama screwed up.

“But let us not pretend that government subsidies of ethanol have somehow made us almost energy independent or will get us away from the Middle East. Of course, it won’t.

“And by the way, it drives up the price of your food in this country when 40 percent of corn is spent making ethanol. This has no consumer value whatsoever. If you’re on a fixed income, this is a disaster. This whole thing is a disaster.

“Number one: you’re paying for these agribusinesses to promote ethanol. Number two: your engine isn’t going to last as long. Number three: the price of gasoline is higher. Number four: the price of food is higher.

“Your typical, big government, Stalinist-like program, and that’s exactly what it is. And if people can’t even recognize that then what are they going to cut? What are they going to cut? This is just the worst kind of pandering.”

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