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Here comes the bride... and it’s House Speaker John Boehner?
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a website inviting viewers to a “R-Oil wedding”. Except this union is between Republicans and Oil companies, hence the play on words -- “R” and “Oil”.
The flowered invitation tells “guests”: “In lieu of gifts, please send corporate tax breaks at the expense of middle class Americans.” (roilwedding****)
But jokes aside - the campaign is opening up debate over oil subsidies. The Huffington Post says the DCCC has a point when you look at campaign contributions.
“Indeed, the Republican Party's acceptance of campaign contributions from big oil vastly exceeds that of Democrats … $21.8 million for the GOP in the last election, compared to the Dems' $6.5 million.”
The R-oil wedding comes at a time when President Barack Obama is calling for repealing $4 billion in yearly oil subsidies. What’s interesting is that Republican Speaker Boehner opened the door for the conversation in an interview with ABC earlier this week.
Jonathan Karl: “For Speaker Boehner it was a significant shift that stunned Washington, suggesting a willingness to do away with tax breaks for big oil.”
John Boehner: “We’re at a time when federal government is short on revenues, we need to control spending, but we need to have revenues to keep the government moving. And they ought to be paying their fair share.”
The Wall Street Journal calls the whole thing a “gas price freakout” -- and it says Mr. Obama’s plan for increased revenue isn’t going to make things better at the pump.
“Oh, and Mr. Obama wants to devote the proceeds to even more spending on ‘clean energy.’ The problem here is that some renewables (ethanol) increase the cost of driving, while the others (wind, solar) are irrelevant in transportation.”
A columnist for Townhall says, if it’s all about gas prices, then there’s not much the U.S. can actually do.
“[E]liminating subsidies for oil and gas will show little effect on either lowering or increasing prices at the pump because of the nature of the U.S.'s role in global prices in the crude oil market ... there is only so much the United States can do.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the $4 billion in subsidies are no longer needed as an incentive to search for oil. He says repealing tax breaks is just a part of the solution.
“There is no single silver bullet that’s suddenly going to bring us back to $2.50 gas. And that’s a reality, and that’s why we need a serious long term energy policy.” (Fox News)
To get a sense of what $4 billion from oil subsidies means -- Exxon, alone, reported $11 billion in earnings in just the first quarter this year. (SOC)
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