Vote on Corporate Tax Breaks

Chuck Sheketoff

Here's your chance to vote on corporate tax breaks. From the CNBC website:

"One person's incentive is another's handout.

For instance, farmers, lobbyists and other backers of ethanol say the fuel can help Americans break their addiction to imported oil. They seek incentives, including tax breaks, to speed development of the alternative.

Are tax incentives equivalent to corporate welfare?"

Vote in CNBC's online ballot.

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    Nice... I like how they use THAT example for the question of taxbreak=corpwelfare. Something just short of saving cancer-stricken children in popularity....

    Why not use something more typical of corporate welfare?

  • Sid Leader (unverified)

    I think farms should be run like the Trailblazers and KXL -- if the farmers do not make enough money to stay in business they should be closed. Today.

    Imagine what we could do with the $40,000,000,000 W paid the lazy farmers to watch Nascar instead of work, like the rest of us.


  • LT (unverified)

    Sid, there is a diff. between family farmers and corporate farmers. I agree with you about corporate farmers.

  • Sid Leader (unverified)

    I enjoy your stuff, LT, and agree there is a difference, but most farms are now run by greedy conglomerates. ADM and those folks are cleaning out the Treasury and then sitting back and enjoying their naps since they are paid to not play.

  • Justin (unverified)

    You mean all the big agribusinesses that use millions of tons of petroleum-derived fertizer, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides - which poison the once-fertile farmland into a chemical stew, leaching into our waterways (guess why the Mississippi and Willametter rivers are so messed up?), and buildup toxins in our bodies - would end?

    Yea, you'd pay a ton more for groceries. Boo-hoo. Yea, about 50+ countries would starve their populations to death because they rely on US imports. Boo hoo, too many people. Africa would have to rebuild their food growing infrastructure (farming) instead of petty warlords politcally gaming UN handouts. North Korea would be screwed, too. Ditto with Hawaii... and lots of other places.

    But... organics would rule! Market-derived prices would put us more in line with real-world prices, and no longer would big-box stores hold sway over the grovery business.

    <h2>Small farmers currently receive hardly any subsidies from the government as compared to huge farms (which typically are completely mechanized with only a handful of workers for tens of thousands of acres). I'm completely in favor of it. Probably make farmland around Oregon a HECK of a lot more valuable, too - and less resistant to developments if crops are actually worth something.</h2>

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