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somone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:39 PM
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Boehner: Congress should consider cutting subsidies to oil companies
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/boehner-gas-prices-cost-...

Boehner: Oil Companies Share Blame for Gas Prices, Open to Cutting Subsidies
By JONATHAN KARL

At a time of skyrocketing gas prices and near-record profits for oil companies, House Speaker John Boehner made a major concession today: Congress should consider cutting multi-billion dollar subsidies to oil companies.

"Everybody wants to go after the oil companies and, frankly, they've got some part of this to blame," the Ohio Republican told ABC News today.

Blame aside, what about the cold, hard cash -- the billions of dollars in tax breaks and other subsidies big oil receives every year? President Obama has proposed doing away with many of them, which he says would save $45 billion over the next 10 years.

"It's certainly something we should be looking at," Boehner said. "We're in a time when the federal government's short on revenues. They ought to be paying their fair share."

That is a departure for the speaker on an issue that Republicans have long defended as necessary to encourage domestic oil production...
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:40 PM
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1. "John, we'd like to you come up here in a private plane and talk this over with your sponsors"
n/t
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:42 PM
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2. OK, they've looked at it...
time to move on now. More important issues to discuss, like Obama's birth certificate. It looks good for the homefolks but they know he isn't serious. The oil companies have them bought and paid for. They are fooling no one.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:43 PM
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3. Well there is the "No Shit" statement of the century
"Everybody wants to go after the oil companies and, frankly, they've got some part of this to blame,"

Well fucking duh!
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Wounded Bear Donating Member (665 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:44 PM
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4. Things are pretty bad when Boner starts sounding like the reasonable one...
I'm confused.

:wtf:
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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:30 PM
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9. He will take credit for it and twist it for his own benefit
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:44 PM
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5. If it came up today, he would vote against it.
Seriesly.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 05:53 PM
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6. So, bring up the legislation, Boehner.
Talk is cheap. You're the House Majority leader...where's the bill?
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SDuderstadt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 06:27 AM
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12. Boehner is the Speaker...
Cantor is the Majority Leader.
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Curmudgeoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 06:24 PM
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7. I have to say, I never thought I would ever hear him saying this.
Even if he isn't serious, even if it will go nowhere, even if it is just politically smart. I would have said this was impossible. I have fallen down the rabbit hole again.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:06 PM
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8. Somebody put a bill that does this up for a vote in the Senate. Fast.
Do it quick and make it super-simple.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:40 PM
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10. Ickyleaker absconding with democratic party voice. WTF is that about?
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 11:41 PM by lonestarnot
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 06:24 AM
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11. Let's have a vote today. n/t
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 08:46 AM
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13. Dems should seize this moment
Craft a bill and label any opponents "pro-high gas prices" and quote their own Speaker.
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