Shrinking Government the Tea Party Way
House GOP Says ‘So Be It’ To Taxpayers, Votes Unanimously to Protect Big Oil Subsidies
House Republicans voted in lockstep this afternoon to protect corporate welfare for Big Oil, even as they call for draconian cuts to programs that everyday Americans depend on each day. As the House of Representatives moved toward approving a stopgap resolution to avert a government shutdown for another two weeks, Democrats offered a motion to recommit that would have stripped the five largest oil companies of taxpayer subsidies, saving tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds. The motion failed on a vote of 176-249, with all Republicans voting against (approximately a dozen Democrats joined the GOP). A similar vote two weeks ago to recoup $53 billion in taxpayer funds from Big Oil was also voted down, largely along party lines. The former CEO of Shell Oil, John Hoffmeister, recently said Big Oil doesn’t need subsidies “in face of sustained high oil prices.” From 2005 to 2009, the largest oil companies have made a combined $485 billion in profits.
A couple of weeks ago I pointed out the tea party voted against freedom and extended the patriot acts most intrusive provisions into Americans privacy. It was pointed out to me that the tea party did not run on "freedom" but fiscal responsibility and small Gov so any expectation I have of "freedom" was misplaced with the Tea Party.
Now they've blown this one too..
But I have always believed that their platform would bring a corporation owned Congress. Handouts to Shell, teachers go to h*ll.
Maybe it would be better for me if oil subsidys were slowly shifted to fund renewable energy. Solar panels on my roof could save me my entire electric bill, and my gas bill if I have an electric car. Sadly the economy would shrink, but lowering my expenses would be good for me and remove my demand for the oil you want to buy.
And its not like they ended the handout in the name of fiscal responsibility.
I could have gotten behind you on this one.