To the editor:
U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels.
Serrano continually votes to maintain the U.S. sugar program.
Why? It is really quite simple, Congressman Serrano received well over $48,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 1989.
Thanks to Rep. Serrano and others, the U.S. sugar program continues.
The sugar program is a Soviet-style command and control scheme that restricts planting and imports.
This inflates the prices of sugar in the United States to almost double the world. So when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program makes Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to $58 per household.
In Rep. Serrano’s 28 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform costing each New York family an additional $1,624 for groceries. You have to ask yourself, is my congressman really fighting to make light better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions?
It’s time for Congressman Serrano to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels.
The Independent Bakers Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family-owned wholesale bakers and allied trades.
For more information about IBA and sugar program corruption, visit IBABAker.com.
Nicholas A. Pyle
The author is president of the Independent Bakers Association.