The sugar subsidy extracts profits for billionaires and helps poison people, poison the Everglades, and poison democracy.
Then there is the Tallahassee give-away to Big Sugar. The legislative session Big Sugar got what it wanted on several important fronts: all point in the direction of a status quo that imposes minimal penalty on the industry for its pollution of the Everglades. Moreover, while Florida environmentalists were making gut-wrenching compromises in order to avert the worst of what the sugar lobby set in motion, Big Sugar's lawyers were busily probing every available avenue to weaken protections required by federal law.
On this political pool table, every bank shot by environmentalists is against a curved surface. Every bank shot by Big Sugar is guided by magnets straight into the pocket. That's the power of money.