*This article was originally posted on Politistick. It is reposted here by permission.

If you are against crony capitalism; if you are against favoritism, if you are for free markets and against government picking winners, and if you still support Donald Trump after reading this new story, then just admit it:

You are smitten by a cult of personality.

“Coincidentally,” less than two weeks before the Iowa Caucus, the first actual test of voters in the nation, Donald Trump offered Iowa a shameful display of good old-fashioned vote-buying just like the establishment candidates he pretends to not be one of.

The Hill reports just that on the same day that supposedly anti-government subsidies, anti-cronyism Sarah Palin endorsed the bombastic billionaire, Donald Trump who has called for a higher government ethanol mandates:

Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Trump, a real estate mogul and the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ought to follow the ethanol volumes Congress set in 2007.

“The EPA should ensure that biofuel … blend levels match the statutory level set by Congress under the [renewable fuel standard],” Trump said.

Just hours earlier, Republican Governor Terry Branstad (RINO-Iowa) called for Iowa voters to stop constitutional conservative Ted Cruz, the only candidate in either party to call for an end to all energy subsidies — including both oil, “green” energy, and so-called renewable energy sources such as ethanol.

Cruz “hasn’t supported renewable fuels, and I think it would be a big mistake for Iowa to support him,” Branstad said at the “Renewable Fuels Summit” in Iowa on Tuesday. Asked whether he wanted to see Cruz defeated, Branstad said “yes.”

Surprisingly, Sarah Palin, who markets herself as a principled constitutional conservative like Cruz, in 2011 was vehemently against the very same ethanol subsidies — in fact, all energy subsidies.

“I think that all of our energy subsidies need to be relooked at today and eliminated,” Palin told Real Clear Politics in May 2011.

Setting aside the fact that ethanol is so bad for car engines that using it can void car warranties, Trump’s announcement — and Palin’s support of his crony capitalism — is beyond shameful.


Matthew K. Burke is a former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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