If you have ever wondered why Congress cannot seem to get its act together, try Roquefort cheese. Apparently, in the waning days of his administration, former President Bush, no doubt still angry at France for its stance on Iraq, imposed a 300% tax on Roquefort cheese. Sacre bleu (OK, Roquefort)! As Representative James Oberstar (Dem-MN) makes clear, this is no trivial matter. If President Obama wants to improve U.S.-French relations, this is an easy way to begin. You want affordable Roquefort? Tell your Congressional representatives to reverse this tax!
As for contacting Congress, nothing could be easier.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”