Okay, that’s not exactly what he said, but it’s close. The senator told attendees that he would only favor ending federal financial perks for the sugar industry if other countries did the same thing—in other words, when it comes to sugar subsidies, Rubio opposes unilateral disarmament.“[H]ere’s why,” he told attendees, per* National Review*. “Otherwise, Brazil will wipe out our agriculture and it’s not just sugar.”**
Our agriculture. All those big red barns. Gone. Poof.
“Other countries will capture the market share, our agricultural capacity will be developed into real estate, you know, housing and so forth, and then we lose the capacity to produce our own food, at which point we’re at the mercy of a foreign country for food security,” he continued.
In the meantime, though, here’s something interesting: One of Rubio’s most open-handed donors is also—this will stun you—a major benefactor of the the sugar subsidies that protect us from al Qaeda. Pepe Fanjul, a south Florida sugar magnate, was listed on an invitation for one of Rubio’s first big-deal fundraisers when he started running for Senate in 2010, according to SaintPetersBlog.