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Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho, is in the pocket of the nation's beet and cane sugar cartels! Crapo continually votes to maintain the U.S. sugar program. Why? It is really quite simple: Sen. Crapo received well over $68,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 1993.

Thanks to Sen. Crapo 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 price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price. 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 means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to upwards of $50 per family.

In Sen. Crapo's 24 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform costing each Idaho family an additional $1,200 for groceries. You have to ask yourself, is my senator really fighting to make life better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions? It's time for Sen. Crapo to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels!

Nicholas A. Pyle is president of the Independent Bakers' Association based in Washington, D.C.

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