‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and in the U.S. House;
Sugar policy critics were still busy running off at the mouth.
Spreading lies about sugar price was their preferred tact;
A not-so-jolly, bearded Norquist even got in on the act.
They claimed Americans get burned as domestic prices soar;
Ignoring the fact that the rest of the world pays 20% more.
They bemoaned “sugar subsidies,” vowing to protect taxpayers in their zest;
Don’t they know U.S. sugar policy is no cost – a loan paid back with interest?
The economy and security seemed of little concern to the lot;
Reopening the Farm Bill to unilaterally disarm took the top spot.
They fired cheap shots at those who champion Zero-for-Zero;
For fighting foreign subsidies, they attacked a Republican hero.
Outsourcing U.S. production to foreigners is foolish, the hero did say;
Losing 142,000 sugar jobs and $20 billion is too steep a price to pay.
Still, enriching Big Candy remained critics’ singular goal;
Good thing all they received was a big lump of coal.
No riders, no deals, no votes could be found;
Bipartisan support for sugar policy abounds.
Congress’ leaders said past votes provided plenty of debate;
And since 2012, Big Candy has batted zero for eight.
To top off their trouble, a compromise in Nairobi was met;
The world agreed to small subsidy reforms in an historic first step.
Sugar’s opponents said it couldn’t be done, an impossible feat;
Instead of fair prices and free markets, they wanted U.S. retreat.
But our negotiators targeted export subsidies in a brilliant move;
Sure there’s still a lot of work to de done, but a lot did it prove.
It’s clear our trading partners and the WTO are willing and able;
Now we need to get all countries and all subsidies on the table.
Zeroing out goodies in India, Thailand and Brazil is not as far-fetched as it seemed;
Then roll back U.S. policy for a marketplace of which all efficient producers dream.
No dumping, debt forgiveness, payments, or government control should be allowed;
A true market where prices reflect supply and demand is what all countries must vow.
It’s a difficult task for sure. Subsidizers and confectioners will assuredly gripe;
But we will achieve success, and until then, we wish everyone a good night.