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Skarface November 2nd, 2013 10:44pm

Corporate welfare costs the average American taxpayer about $6,000 per year. Before we start cutting programs that benefit real people, should we cut corporate subsidies and incentive programs?

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suppressedID That is my secret Cap
11/02/13 5:46 pm

If corporations are people - as SCOTUS has supported - they should be taxed at individuals' rates.

That should about cover it.

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Mattwall1
11/02/13 11:42 pm

That's not going to happen

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/02/13 4:26 pm

Depends on the program. Weapons and technology development is a worthwhile investment, most of the time.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
11/02/13 4:59 pm

Because we don't already have enough weapons to blow the world up like 10 times?

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/02/13 6:47 pm

Weapons development is not a static game. The first army to field ranged weapons gained an immediate advantage on the battlefield. Same with horses. And gunpowder. And planes. And tanks. And missiles. And nukes.
The arms race is not a race to lose.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
11/02/13 6:51 pm

I suppose you are right - I remember President Obama made that exact point to Mitt Romney during - I believe - the third Presidential debate of the 2012 election season

skinner Wisconsin
11/02/13 4:07 pm

Corporate subsidies do benefit real people. That said we need welfare reform on both corporate and individual measures

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Skarface Banned
11/02/13 4:39 pm

Corporate subsidies help CEOs afford solid gold humvees. You'll have to excuse me if I prefer giving a poor person the money required to eat first.

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
11/02/13 5:00 pm

Skinner - repeat after me - corporations are not people

skinner Wisconsin
11/02/13 5:54 pm

Hypothetically, if a corporation has greater revenue those profits will translate into either lower prices, higher wages, or expanded enterprise. That said I think we should end most corporate welfare

skinner Wisconsin
11/02/13 5:54 pm

@Shelly: corporations are not people

Cole12 ...
11/02/13 3:45 pm

Cut all welfare, it's all equally immoral.

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shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
11/02/13 3:48 pm

Sorry Cole - I completely disagree with you

shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
11/02/13 3:49 pm

But what else is new

Skarface Banned
11/02/13 3:50 pm

We could easily have a good welfare program and a balanced budget if we made serious cuts to the defense budget and the corporate welfare budget, as well as a few others.

alek12 Orlando
11/02/13 4:16 pm

How is welfare immoral?

Mattwall1
11/02/13 4:41 pm

I also want to know how all welfare is immoral

Skarface Banned
11/02/13 4:43 pm

That's a typical libertarian sentiment. It makes less than no sense, but I don't have the time or the patience to talk to every libertarian that says something like that.

Cole12 ...
11/02/13 4:44 pm

The money used in the welfare program doesn't just come out of nowhere. It is stolen from hard working Americans - and theft, in my opinion, is immoral.

Skarface Banned
11/02/13 4:52 pm

You say that as if welfare recipients aren't also hard-working Americans. Also, are you this upset about your money being "stolen" for services like education, police, and fire stations?

Cole12 ...
11/02/13 4:56 pm

Yes. I believe these services could be performed more efficiently and cheaper by private companies.

Skarface Banned
11/02/13 5:00 pm

I think that it would be a good idea for the government to hire private companies for certain things, at least on a small scale, but either way the government should pay for things like this with tax revenue.