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Fred, you cannot be serious. First, these are not subsidies, they are tax breaks that all corporations receive. Maybe study the industry a bit before you start castigating Congressman Schweikert’s votes. He knows what he is doing, and unlike your contribution (disguised as a constituent email) here is how the “subsidies” or “tax breaks” break down: Domestic manufacturing tax deduction-$1.7billion (designed to keep jobs in the US); Percentage depletion allowance-$1b (the cost of capital equipment); Foreign tax credit-$850m (companies get credit for paying taxes to other countries); Intangible drilling costs-$780m (a tax write off as part of the cost of doing business).
Exxon paid 42% of income before taxes in the 1st quarter of this year—that is $8billion. And what did they do with their “windfall” profits (liberals love to put a bumper sticker phrase on everything they don’t understand just to confuse everyone else)? They invested $7.8 billion into capital and exploration!
Well the Obama administration is going to subsidize one company—yes, Petrobras, invested in by George Soros and Brazil’s state-owned oil company! And this “subsidy” is for Petrobras to drill in the Gulf, where we can’t, and create jobs for Brazilian’s but not us and send tax dollars to Brazil’s economy, not ours. I hope I have done some explaining to you Fred.May 13, 2011
RE: Schweikert’s Vote on Women’s Health
Sadly, the reader is misled by yet another agent for the democrat party talking points and we are all challenged by the writer’s misinformation.
The writer states that an “overwhelming majority of Americans support birth control”. That is not the issue. Rather, the facts are that a majority of Americans are against abortion (http://www.gallup.com/poll/118399/more-americans-pro-life-than-pro-choice-first-time.aspx?version=print) 51% to 42%. And, to receive any taxpayer dollars violates the Hyde Amendment (remember?) and violates the conscious of those of us who would rather adopt and raise a child. You see, Representative Schweikert is an adoptee and so was my own father.
Planned Parenthood, according to its most recent annual report (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PPFA_Annual_Report_08-09-FINAL-12-10-10.pdf) has received $363.2 million of our tax dollars in terms of government grants and contracts and performed nearly 290,000 abortions! And, even more sad, is that this taxpayer funded organization made less than 1000 adoption referrals-how principled was that?
Planned Parenthood fights informed consent laws (where 88% of Americans favor them) that provide information about the risks of, and alternatives to, abortion for women; Planned Parenthood fights for keeping information of underage children who have had an abortion from their parents; and Planned Parenthood fights to force physicians to give abortions even though their conscience is against it.
In short, David Schweikert is doing exactly the right and principled thing in voting NO to spending taxpayer dollars to support this organization. I am sure that Planned Parenthood does some good things, but then, so does the Salvation Army. We do not give tax dollars to the Salvation Army and if Planned Parenthood wants to provide its services to those who want them, then those who want these services can pay for them or Planned Parenthood can raise money the old fashioned way- through donations and gifts. Do not ask me or expect the Federal government to help an organization that is so anathema to a majority of Americans values and principles.
Apr 2, 2011
Is this going to be starting another "hit job" on Congressman Schweikert and Republicans? C'mon, already, get your facts straight before taking your orders from the Arizona Democrat Party and the very misleading Washington Post story of 2/12/11! The Appropriations Committee in the House eliminated funding ($350M) for a program that does not work—maybe you heard about the problems with the Strategic Border Initiative technology that not only 1-did not work, but 2-was over budget and 3-behind schedule? Yeh, that makes a lot of sense—just throw money at the problem—just like with the hole democrats put us in by running up our debt by another $5+trillion passing all sorts of legislation like the failed nearly trillion dollar stimulus program, the bail outs and the rest of the misguided appropriations? But I digress.
The facts are this: $500 million have been appropriated to support border operations that work, maintenance of current infrastructure and fencing and proven technology that is already operational!
Republicans increased funding by $148 million over the Administration’s request while providing for more border security agents and more bed space to detain unlawful entrants who have been caught by more agents using technology that works!
This is apparently what Democrats do not understand and do not want you to understand—no one in this current administration has apparently not run a lemonade stand or had a paper route or taken an economics course and, when Republicans come along, assess the spending, determine costs and benefits, make a plan, stick to it and measure its effectiveness, democrats complain because we did not throw away enough money.
Maybe you’ve heard—we voted to change this wastefulness and abuse of our taxpayer dollars. And, unlike the misguided healthcare bill where Nancy Pelosi said we would “have to pass the bill to find out what is in it”, Republicans are actually being responsible with our hard-earned tax dollars, listening to us, reading the legislation, holding hearings, bringing in expert witnesses and trying to protect us as a nation from continuing down the path that got us here in the first place.
Mar 12, 2011