I like Doug Holtz-Eakin. I liked the health care plan he designed when he was with John McCain's presidential campaign. And I like most of the work he is doing as President of the American Action Forum. Especially when he writes articles like this for The Hill: Time for Congress to End Its Ethanol Addiction. In the article Doug writes:
Congress has mandated that motorists use 7.5 billion gallons of renewable fuels (read ethanol) by 2012. Not to be outdone, agribusiness was able to increase this to a staggering 36 billion gallons by 2022. Finally, for good measure, Congress also enacted a 54-cent tariff on imported ethanol. Subsidies, mandates, and tariffs; this must stop.
Unfortunately, the Coburn-Feinstein bill was defeated by Senators like Dick Lugar from Indiana. Lugar supports ethanol mandates because they enrich some of his more politically active constituents.
One would think then that the 501(c)(4) ‘action tank’ arm of Doug's American Action Forum, the American Action Network, would be supporting "limited government" conservatives like Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock opposes ethanol mandates and is challenging Lugar in the Republican primary. But the opposite is true. Politico reports:After massive ad buys against Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar by national conservative groups like the Club for Growth, the establishment cavalry is coming to his rescue, with the American Action Network launching a nearly $600,000 broadcast buy just in Indianapolis, the group confirmed to POLITICO.
If a "policy adviser, and strategist" like Doug really wanted Congress to end its addiction to ethanol, they should spend less time writing op-eds in The Hill and more time making sure their "partner" organizations aren't supporting pro-ethanol candidates.