Small gems of dopey government policy

James Surowiecki writes about our sugar and ethanol tariffs, small gems of governmental stupidity.

These tariffs are bad economic policy, bad energy policy, and bad foreign policy. Talk about your Domino effect.

And then there's the USDA with its ban of commercial processing of meat without refrigeration.

This is astonishing, because since Neolithic times, people have safely cured and preserved meats without refrigeration. . . . Salt, time and a good dose of fresh air are the only additions needed to produce salsicce, culatello and 24-month-old prosciutto or serrano — foods that Americans smuggle home from Europe in their luggage.