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Report: Cut energy subsidies to trim deficit

The Daily Caller -- With federal sequestration triggering a fierce debate over what government programs should be cut, a fiscal watchdog group proposes putting energy subsidies on the chopping block.

Unless Congress reaches a deal, there will be automatic across-the-board spending cuts.

“Sequestration is bad. It is irresponsible. It would cut the best and the worst the government has to offer without distinction,” Taxpayers for Common Sense president Ryan Alexander said in a statement.

“And no amount of finger pointing can change the fact that both Congress and the President are responsible for this threat,” she continued.

TCS put together a list of programs that should be cut because they are “an inefficient, ineffective, or wasteful use of taxpayer dollars” and can be safely eliminated, including a wide


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remay
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 6:55:16 AM

The "trim" would be so small, it wouldn't be noticed.
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 6:41:07 AM

Don't know about that???
MAC48
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 9:52:57 PM

Learn the difference between a tax deduction and a subsidy. A tax deduction is a reduction in gross income to recover a recognized cost of generating income such as depreciation, employee health insurance, etcetera. A subsidy, a.k.a. grant, is a hand out of cash in order to support an activity that could not otherwise be conducted based solely on its own efforts due to its products uncompetitive economically such as solar and wind electricity generation, etcetara.
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 8:55:29 PM

Can not understand why our tax dollars are still subsidizing the oil industry.
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:48:30 PM

What, cut out the spots at the govt trough for the grafters?
Skunk63
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:42:19 PM

Cut subsidies? How novel.
crep1291
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 11:35:56 AM

Yes, no more subsidies. Instead the government should tax all non-renewable fuels enough to make them uncompetitive. The government could probably collect 12B$ every year.
puinsai808
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 11:23:17 AM

Cut out the Solyndras.
Norm10
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 10:10:53 AM

This means government officials would stop getting their payola!
Prius_III
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 9:29:16 AM

I agree that the government should stop subsidizing all forms of energy and let the free market sort this out on its own. Nevertheless, the savings being discussed here come to only 1% of the current federal deficit. There must be other more significant savings to be found in that monsterous federal budget.
zwsn01
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 8:20:58 AM

Stop giving MY money away. It's not the government's money, it's MY money.
Mark8601
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 5:23:21 AM

Wow!Never knew how much monies went out the door on subsidies.
wild3bill
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 4:02:24 AM

Subsidies are BAD. Broken As Designed!Tax payers foot the bill for the susidy and ALSO pay highe prices because price gougers charge more Gov't subsidies go to the price gougers who do not see as many lost sales due to too high prices!
jcurley
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:57:38 AM

Ha!

“Sequestration is bad. It is irresponsible. It would cut the best and the worst the government has to offer without distinction,” Taxpayers for Common Sense president Ryan Alexander said in a statement.

“And no amount of finger pointing can change the fact that both Congress and the President are responsible for this threat,” she continued.

Congress is 100% responsible for this. Obama offered a deal. $10 in spending cuts for every $1 tax increase to the top 1%. And the GOP said 'no'.

Don't vote for those terrorist, anti-patriotic tea baggers who almost made this country default on our debt - in violation of our constitution!
mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:56:33 AM

To start - Kill Ethanol mandate, ethanol subsidies and oil company tax breaks
UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:53:20 AM


But big oil will swear up and down that they do not get any credits or subsidies. Liars!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:51:42 AM

sounds good
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:48:21 AM

cut all subsidies to do that free housing, phones , and the rest of the crap they give away

[Edited by: billy44bo at 10/2/2012 2:49:46 AM EST]
Retowered
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:45:27 AM

Good Idea!
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:44:16 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:39:24 AM

The way they have worked together on all the issues this list won't help.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:39:07 AM

Both Congress and the President's pay should be cut about 3/4% to start.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:38:34 AM

As long as the green guys give him money... the subsidies will continue... all he cares about is staying in for 4 more years... to finish screwing us
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:30:27 AM

Sounds like a good start at getting our fiscal house in order.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:30:11 AM

Great post by gmcgas!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:29:44 AM

Cut them first.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:28:53 AM

They have to figure how to reduce expense or shut it down.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:25:47 AM

Many should be eliminated.
gmcgas
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:25:15 AM

they casn't agree on a budget, how are they going to cut?
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:22:52 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:17:00 AM

Gee ... I wonder who sponsored that report.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:15:53 AM

Good
jkpsr
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:11:24 AM

Everyone seems to have a plan to reduce spending. What we need is more stimulus.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:11:00 AM

Right on RonElp!
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:04:21 AM

cut Union projects - too save money
RonElp
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:03:38 AM

If we could manage the government better we could cut the deficite..Crack down on the businesses that do medicare fraud... Have a government agency that can stop us from buying the $1200.00 hammers and the $900.00 crecent wrenches... among other government wastes. And while we are at it... cut out the grants that give $200.00 for someone to study the mating habits of the teetsy fly.. FYI flies, are large biting flies that inhabit much of Jamaica and mid-continental Africa between the Sahara and the Kalahari deserts. They live by feeding on the blood of vertebrate animal.. Heck, we don't have them here in the U.S. they are in Africa!
wally52
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 2:01:58 AM

This article is not about gas prices, but we do need to address the wasted funds that the tax payer our paying.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:59:59 AM

Good Idea!
JohnofGB
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:59:42 AM

At least this article does not limit itself to just a few fuels. It gets all of the subsidies. Good riddance.
bsg75
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:55:26 AM

Wacko greenie companies in the environmental green sense represent a drop in the bucket compared to wacko greenie corporations in the money green sense, who have gamed the whole system to their kleptocratic advantage. Big Oil, Big Defense, Big Pharma, Big Brother. Amazing how some fail to see the Big Picture. You're so Bain you probably think this post is about you, parrot squawking Fox know-nothings.
btex49
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:54:44 AM

"It would cut the best and the worst the government has to offer without distinction," I agree the sequestration is bad... however, it would do something that Congress doesn't have the ability to do and that is cut spending.
gasandgoAL
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:52:03 AM

cut Obama;s solar buddies
LostToo
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:51:11 AM

Another big chunk they could cut on that chopping block is Foreign Aide.
bsg75
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:48:37 AM

Military is not considered a subsidy but unnecessary military spending definitely needs to be cut.
HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:46:26 AM

That's like saying cut politics it is not going to happen with these criminals in power today.
Bruno44
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:46:15 AM

Cut wasteful subsidies to the wacko greenie companies.
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:45:09 AM

I agree cut where wasteful first, but who makes up that list..... we have all had to learn to live on less and so does the government, but alas then we all have to pay a fare share, maybe some of it in a national sales tax form on all we buy. That way everyone gets to pay a little with no exceptions. Guess we will not see that one.
DozenSpeed
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:35:31 AM

Cut MOST of them. Except military and infrastructure. You don't HAVE to cut SS and Medi-money, just stop the billions in fraud stemming from it.
snky2k
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:34:41 AM

The legislative branch is bought and paid for. Not gonna happen.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:30:29 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 1:30:05 AM

not gonna happen
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