Even Hershey’s Dark Chocolate with Almonds…
As if it’s not enough to have an admitted sexual predator and alleged rapist as president of my country, each day I discover new avenues of his fiscal corruption. Today it’s the headline “ ‘Big Candy’ lobbying Trump hard.” (I’ll ignore the double entendre, however appropriate).
It seems the National Confectioners Association is holding events at Trump hotels in Florida and Washington D.C, providing attendees perks at Trump spas and golf courses, all while trying to take advantage of a “very narrow window of time now with the current administration and political dynamics” to win a rollback of government sugar subsidies that the candy firms (Hershey, Mars and Jelly Belly among others) say drive up the cost of making their tooth-decaying goods. Other things on the agenda at the Doral Trump resort near Miami, is to end Obama-era regulations on genetically modified organisms and food labeling. A spokesperson for the confectioners group CEO John Downs said the conference sites were chosen for their locations and amenities, not in any effort to seek political favors.
Oh yes, and a victory on the sugar issue could save the industry $280 million annually.
Whatever their rationalization, the candy kings are making payments to businesses that directly benefit the minority-selected president’s personal fortune. As we know, Trump has not divested from his business empire, and may have more financial interests that would be revealed by his withheld tax returns. I feel a severe tooth ache coming on…
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