Oh those subtleties, and subsidies, that go unnoticed. As Don Boudreaux once again points out, liberal access to global markets enriches our lives in myriad ways, not the least of which being affordable access to healthy foods.
Maybe she'll tell him at night "Let's Move you to the Oval Office couch!"
3 October 2012
Editor, Chicago Tribune
Michelle Obama must be crazy angry at her husband!
In a move to win more votes from Florida farmers, Mr. Obama's administration will end a 16-year-old trade agreement that allows Americans to buy low-priced tomatoes from Mexico ("U.S. groups fear Mexican trade war over Obama tomato move," Oct. 3).
By artificially forcing up the price of tomatoes - a low-calorie food rich in vitamins and antioxidants - Mr. Obama's trade policy might well fatten his vote total. But his gluttony for votes will also raise Americans' costs of eating the healthier diets that the First Lady so publicly and passionately insists are vital to our nation's well-being.
Because Ms. Obama selflessly wishes to improve Americans' eating habits, I'm sure that she'll vigorously denounce the greed that prompts her husband to jeopardize our health for his own narrow interests.
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030