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You can’t sugarcoat the sugar industry’s greed

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Derek Hunter
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              FILE - In this May 3, 2006 file photo, a student purchases a brown sugar Pop-Tart from a vending machine in the hallway outside the school cafeteria, in Wichita, Kan. High-calorie sports drinks and candy bars will be removed from school vending machines and cafeteria lines as soon as next year, replaced with diet drinks, granola bars and other healthier items the Agriculture Department said Thursday June 27, 2013.(AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher, File)

​When it comes to money-fueled influence peddling, few special interest groups rival the sugar industry, which according to the Heritage Foundation has spent some $50 million over the last five years to preserve its near-monopolistic stranglehold on the U.S. market. A pretty sweet deal, eh? In a time when the president decries money in politics and “greed,” it’s the kind of investment that would make Gordon Gekko blush.

Patent trolls and parasites: Why it’s important to curb special exemptions in patent reform efforts

5:10 PM 12/02/2013

In days gone by, wedding officiants would ask the assembled guests if anyone knows of any reason the bride and groom shouldn’t be wed and “to speak now or forever hold their peace.” Rarely, outside of 80s romantic comedies, did anyone ever object, and that was the end of it; the happy couple were wed and legally conjoined. Imagine for a moment the chaos that would ensue if the opportunity to challenge the basis for that marriage remained open forever. Such a policy would provide anyone seeking to break up the marriage a limitless ability to do so. While this might be good for ex-boyfriends, romcoms, and daytime TV plot lines, it wouldn’t be good for marriage. The lack of certainty would inhibit everything from buying a home to building a family.

HHS’s failures extend beyond the obamacare website

7:41 PM 10/28/2013

A caller into my radio show the other day asked, “If the government can’t even build a website that works, how can it be expected to run our health care system?” Considering the news we’ve seen since the launch of Obamacare, it’s a valid question.

Bob Woodward, liar

12:50 PM 05/16/2012

If there’s one thing those who report on others dislike more than anything, it’s the lens of scrutiny being turned on them. That explains Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s reaction to Jeff Himmelman’s new book “Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee.” While Woodward isn’t the subject of the book, he is the focus of a couple of controversial revelations from it.

A rescue mission to the end of the earth

11:51 PM 10/18/2011

Nothing is more important than our health. We’re blessed in this country to have the greatest health care system in the world. Through emergency rooms, the insured and uninsured alike have access to that health care system, without regard to their ability to pay. But imagine being in the middle of nowhere, literally, and being in need of urgent medical attention. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does we spring into action and go to extraordinary lengths to preserve human life.

What if there were an agency to implement Occupy Wall Street’s demands?

12:50 PM 10/14/2011

A tourist watching the hippies, freaks and beatniks --- people I affectionately call “mutants” --- at Occupy Wall Street would have to think that Halloween had come early to New York City this year. Yet, these protesters have achieved a degree of legitimacy thanks in part to a hearty embrace from President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and union bosses.

What’s behind the anti-BPA crusade?

3:51 PM 09/22/2011

Ever heard of a group called the “Breast Cancer Fund”? No? You’re not alone. BCF is a friendly sounding advocacy group that “works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments.” The “connect the dots” part is key. BCF has taken it upon itself to replace science with conjecture and draw conclusions based on a desire to rid the world of chemicals that actually keep us safe and healthy.

In the name of love: One man takes on health care rationing

12:59 PM 05/16/2011

Maybe you can’t fight city hall, but Terrance Kalley isn’t fighting city hall, he’s fighting the federal government. His wife, Arlene, has breast cancer. She relies on the late-stage cancer drug Avastin to survive. Insurance covers the cost of the drug despite its expense, which is significant. But if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules the way it’s looking like it might, Kalley’s wife, and thousands of other women fighting breast cancer, could die. An FDA advisory panel has recommended delisting Avastin from official government formularies for late-stage breast cancer treatment due to cost concerns. If this happens, Avastin will no longer be covered by Medicare. And private insurance companies, which follow the government’s lead, would likely deny coverage for the drug. This would make this crucial drug available only to those with the means to afford its hefty price. But Kalley isn’t just sitting by while bureaucrats contemplate his wife’s fate; he’s taking action.

Battle of the bans

4:36 PM 05/12/2011

To say that liberals love big government is an understatement -- but it’s also not quite true. When liberals have the reins of government, it grows, but it grows in a million tiny directions. It’s a giant micro-government that infects every cell of American life. It’s the sum total we see in Washington and on TV, but it’s these tiny little pieces that impact our lives on a daily basis in ways most people are not aware of.

Liberals embrace death panels

12:20 PM 04/27/2011

When Congress was debating Obamacare, the left needed cover against those who pointed out that the bill, in many places, would lead to health care rationing. The media happily provided that cover.

Righteous Indignation: Andrew Breitbart is out to save the world (and he just might)

12:01 AM 04/15/2011

You won’t find too many people who are indifferent toward Andrew Breitbart. But love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him. With his ever-growing collection of “Big” websites (Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism and Big Peace so far), Andrew has redefined how the political right views and uses the Internet. He makes no apologies for his “in your face” style, nor should he. That style has won him many victories and many enemies. He seems to occupy the time of a disproportionate number of left-wingers, including many employees of the ultra-left-wing censorship factory called Media Matters. Those “senior fellows” are about to have their weekends ruined as Breitbart moves from the virtual world to the book world with today's release of Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World (2011 Grand Central Publishing).

Righteous Indignation: Andrew Breitbart is out to save the world (and he just might)

10:34 PM 04/14/2011

You won’t find too many people who are indifferent toward Andrew Breitbart. But love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him. With his ever-growing collection of “Big” websites (Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism and Big Peace so far), Andrew has redefined how the political right views and uses the Internet. He makes no apologies for his “in your face” style, nor should he. That style has won him many victories and many enemies. He seems to occupy the time of a disproportionate number of left-wingers, including many employees of the ultra-left-wing censorship factory called Media Matters. Those “senior fellows” are about to have their weekends ruined as Breitbart moves from the virtual world to the book world with today's release of Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World (2011 Grand Central Publishing).

PATIENTS Act seeks to restore doctor-patient relationship

9:26 PM 04/13/2011

Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) has introduced one of the most important pieces of health care legislation of this Congress: the Preserving Access to Targeted, Individualized, and Effective New Treatments and Services (PATIENTS) Act of 2011, which would bar the federal government from using “comparative effectiveness research” -- a tool used by socialized health care systems to dictate treatment based on cost rather than effectiveness. Comparative effectiveness research gives bureaucrats the excuse they need to deny coverage of a health care treatment or micromanage the practice of medicine.

Media Matters and reality on Obamacare

3:29 PM 03/28/2011

Forget comedy clubs, if you really want a laugh these days you simply have to venture over to the Media Matters website. The extent to which the organization is willing to contort reality to keep fellow “progressives” in line is nothing short of an expert yoga class. Given their recent “declaration of war” against Fox News for perceived bias, and the questionable legality of it given the group’s “charity” tax status, this is as surprising as the sun rising in the east each morning. There is no length to which Media Matters’ employees will not go to defend anything Democrats do; it’s what they’re paid to do. So it came as little surprise that on the one-year anniversary of Obamacare’s passage, Media Matters was there to defend the unpopular law.

Three strategies for repealing Obamacare

1:25 PM 02/18/2011

The House Leadership appears to be, to paraphrase Margret Thatcher, going wobbly. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has moved to include a straight repeal of Obamacare in the continuing resolution but has hit a roadblock from an unexpected place -- House Republican Leadership. The continuing resolution is the bill needed to fund the government through the rest of the year. The King amendment would put the president in a box -- would he shut down the government in order to ensure the continued government takeover of our health care system?

GOP would benefit politically from cutting defense spending

4:45 PM 02/07/2011

Everyone agrees that there’s a lot of waste in Washington. Unfortunately, no one seems able to agree on what that waste is. One man’s pork project is another man’s lifeblood. When it comes to government spending, we have the equivalent of NIMBY, or Not In My Back Yard, except it’s Not In My District -- no waste here. That’s why the self-imposed earmark moratorium is a minor miracle. But earmarks are only a snowflake hovering over the tip of the spending iceberg.

They’re coming for your hand soap

4:57 PM 01/18/2011

To say the government regulates everything is an understatement. Aside from the black market, which is only unregulated insofar as it avoids taxes and bypasses age restrictions on such things as alcohol (not including illegal products), there really isn’t much in which the government doesn’t have a hand. And now they’re thinking about coming after your hand…well, your hand soap, anyway.

What’s next in the fight to repeal Obamacare?

4:20 PM 01/07/2011

Despite efforts by Senate Democrats to severely restrict the use of the filibuster, it seems as though they will use any tactic, including the filibuster, to see that the effort to repeal Obamacare never makes it to this president’s desk. It’s clear that House Republicans’ repeal efforts are just the first step in a long process. Republicans and conservatives understand and accept this, which is why a strategic plan is needed.

Time to put lame-ducks out of our misery

4:34 PM 12/22/2010

The lame-duck government is all the rage in the news these days. Entire news shows with talking head after talking head discuss what the lame-duck Congress will do, what it should do, what it is right for it to do, and so on. Meanwhile, states are having their own lame-duck sessions, with their own new laws, regulations and deals being pushed through by governments populated by people who’ve been rejected by their constituents. Yet that simple and obvious rejection by voters deters no one with a vote and inspires little questioning of the legitimacy of the concept.