As anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis—all two of you—knows, I am not the greatest fan of the Republican Party.
Yet every so often, I have to give full credit to one who goes above and beyond all expectations. Today, that Republican is Florida governor Charlie Crist, who today purchased 187, 000 acres of land from U.S. Sugar, one of America’s last remaining sugar farms seated above the Everglades.
The downside to this move is that it eventually puts 1,700 people out of work; the upside, however, is that it helps sharply curb the annual fertilizer runoff that has steadily poisoned the Everglades for a century.
And though Big Sugar—which, like Big Tobacco, survives only because of government handouts--is still alive in Florida, the industry’s days now seem happily numbered.