Sunday, May 01, 2011

Jokers wild

Guessing all the President's jokes about The Donald are going to stifle the news cycle for at least another couple more days, while this story goes down the memory hole. The very serious Paul Ryan said oil subsidies should be ended at a town hall last week. Boehner also said as much a few days earlier. In response, the White House issued a statement on oil subsidies, saying in part:
While there is no silver bullet to address rising gas prices in the short term, there are steps we can take to ensure the American people don’t fall victim to skyrocketing gas prices over the long term. One of those steps is to eliminate unwarranted tax breaks to the oil and gas industry and invest that revenue into clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Our outdated tax laws currently provide the oil and gas industry more than $4 billion per year in these subsidies, even though oil prices are high and the industry is projected to report outsized profits this quarter. In fact, in the past CEO’s of the major oil companies made it clear that high oil prices provide more than enough profit motive to invest in domestic exploration and production without special tax breaks. As we work together to reduce our deficits, we simply can’t afford these wasteful subsidies, and that is why I proposed to eliminate them in my FY11 and FY12 budgets.

I was heartened that Speaker Boehner yesterday expressed openness to eliminating these tax subsidies for the oil and gas industry. Our political system has for too long avoided and ignored this important step, and I hope we can come together in a bipartisan manner to get it done.

The House Dems also issued a letter asking Boehner to take a vote on ending the cursed oil subsidies. I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that Boehner refuses to do so.

In fact, both Ryan and Boehner voted to extend those subsidies more than once and have no intention of ever ending them. Everybody who's paying attention knows that, and also knows it's unlikely to be mentioned again in the near future. Hells. It's already old news.

I wish we would be talking about this tomorrow. Sadly, it's much more likely we'll be talking about that idiot Trump.

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Blogger Ruth said...

Saying one thing, doing another, really the Gas & Oil Party needs to get much more attention. Fat chance.

11:33:00 AM  

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