Subsidies Articles


Senators Dueling over Solar Subsidies

Will the rich win again?
3:02 PM, Feb 03, 2016
With the Senate dedicating a fair amount of floor time to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, Republican senators are taking the opportunity to shine a light on bad practices in the energy economy through the amendment process. Read more

New Group Launches to Zap Electric Car Subsidies

'Electric Cars: Built by billionaires, bought by millionaires.'
4:43 PM, Dec 17, 2015

A new group called the Energy Equality Coalition launched on Thursday. The group's goal is to "end taxpayer subsidies and ensure a level playing field for middle-class American energy consumers."

For now, the group is starting with a focus on electric cars, but sources close to the group tell THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the group could expand its focus to other subsidies, particularly ones that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. The impending extension of current tax subsidies helped prompt the group's formation. In the short term, the goal is building a grassroots list of those opposed to such subsidies, and the end goal is dismantling them.

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Not on My Dime

Time to phase out subsidies for higher education?
Dec 07, 2015

At the University of Missouri, feminist professor Melissa Click cried out “I need some muscle over here!” to expel a reporter from the Concerned Student 1950 protest in a public quad. A more apt encapsulation of what conservatives feel ails academia—identity obsession, rights-curbing, self-righteous bullying—can scarcely be imagined. It’s exactly the kind of thing that might make them cry out for some muscle of their own: someone to force intellectual diversity.

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Growth and Inequality

Sep 07, 2015

The economic recovery is barely worthy of the name, and there is evidence that inequality in America is increasing. Ignoring the first rule of statistics—correlation is not causation—progressives see this as a new reason to expand government. Reduce inequality and the growth rate will increase. 

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Now, Focus on Repeal

1:20 PM, Jun 25, 2015

The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell is disappointing. But it also provides a welcome moment of clarity: We can finally dispense with the false belief that the Supreme Court will save us from Obamacare.

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Obamacare Subsidies of $2.8B Can't Be Verified, Funds 'At Risk'

12:36 PM, Jun 16, 2015

A review of $2.8 billion in subsidies paid to health insurers on behalf of Obamacare enrollees during the early days of the program could not verify the accuracy of those payments.

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WSJ's Bad Advice: In Response to King, Republicans Should Try to Fix Obamacare

10:46 AM, May 26, 2015

In the initial years following Obamacare’s passage, Republicans remained solidly united on one crucial point:  Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced, not “fixed.”  But some Republicans and center-right pundits have since decided that trying to fix the president’s signature legislation is a good thing.  Witness this advice from the Wall Street Journal editorial board.  The Journal calls for a “subsidies-for-deregulation deal”

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Special Editorial: A Step Toward Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

9:05 PM, May 13, 2015

Assuming a Republican wins the presidency in 2016, his top domestic priority will be—and should be—to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Might as Well Go Green Yourself

The five hidden ways you’re paying to subsidize renewable power.
Apr 27, 2015

Do you want to know how to beat the stock market? In 46 of America’s 50 largest cities, installing a fully financed, typical-sized, residential solar power system will do just that, according to a Department of Energy-backed study released earlier this year. In other words, by investing in solar panels, most homeowners will save more in electric costs over the next 25 years (the approximate life of the system) than they would earn from investing the same money in the stock market over that same time period.

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Podcast: Don't Let Justice Kennedy's Talk of 'Federalism' Fool You

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:30 AM, Mar 05, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributor Adam J. White on his King v. Burwell blog post "Kennedy's Constitutional Concerns, Then and Now."

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Sasse Steps Up

10:05 AM, Mar 05, 2015

Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who rode his opposition to Obamacare to a seat in the Senate, has introduced legislation that should help Republicans avoid turning a potential victory at the Supreme Court into a defeat for the cause of repeal.  Sasse’s bill, introduced yesterday evening, is designed to keep Republican governors and state legislators from setting up state-based exchanges in the wak

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Obamacare’s State of Crisis

Halbig, but King bigger
Nov 24, 2014

In their final push to enact Obamacare, Nancy Pelosi urged her fellow Democrats to “pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” They probably should have found out first. Now they need the Supreme Court to “find” once again in their favor.

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Hayes Podcast: Gruber's Terrible Week

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:00 PM, Nov 14, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Steve Hayes on Jonathan Gruber's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

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Key Obamacare Architect Said Subsidies Couldn’t Flow through Federal Exchanges

6:01 AM, Jul 28, 2014

The New York Times has described M.I.T. economist Jonathan Gruber as “a card-carrying Democrat” whose “position as an adviser to the influential Congressional Budget Office also left him perfectly positioned to advise the White House on health reform.”  Moreover, the Times writes, “After Mr. Gruber helped the administration put together the basic principles of the [Obamacare] proposal, the White House lent him to Capitol Hill to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation.”  Now it turns out that, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute has unearthed, Gruber told audiences as far back as early 2012 that Obamacare’s taxpayer-funded subsidies couldn’t flow through federally established exchanges, but only through state-established ones.  More recently, Gruber has been singing a different tune, as legal challenges on that aspect of the law have proceeded. 

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Republicans to Unveil 'Conservative Reform Alternative to Obamacare' in Senate

3:17 PM, Jan 26, 2014

The boss reported this morning on CBS that Republicans will unveil an alternative to Obamacare tomorrow in the Senate:

Said host Bob Schieffer, "Bill, you actually have some news, I understand, because you've learned that the Republicans are going to, what, present an alternative to Obamacare?"

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Bait and Switch: The Farm Bill's Expensive and Pointless Catfish Subsidy

5:23 PM, Nov 20, 2013

As Congress moves ahead with the farm bill -- legislation that has historically been full of (figurative) pork -- there's one really obvious measure that needs to be eliminated. A new program that will require that catfish be monitored by the Department of Agriculture. Catfish, like all fish consumed by Americans, is already monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. Supposedly, this extra layer of regulation is a matter of food safety.

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House GOP Votes to Replace Obamacare Subsidy Verification Program

Plus, the law's privacy problems haven't disappeared.
1:42 PM, Sep 12, 2013

As the October 1 implementation of parts of Obamacare nears, House Republicans continue to pass legislation aimed at highlighting the health care law's flaws and weaknesses. On Thursday, the House passed a bill to reform an Obamacare verification process that would better stop fraudulent claims to health insurance subsidies. Politico reports:

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Dead Men Don't Farm

7:41 AM, Aug 01, 2013

They do, however, receive subsidies from the Department of Agriculture according to a recent GAO investigation that discovered that, as Mark Micheli at Government Executive writes:

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Farm Bill Fiasco

Big Ag’s big subsidies.
Jul 29, 2013

With this month’s passage of a farm bill that doles out tens of billions of dollars in subsidies to agribusiness interests, the Republican-controlled House has signaled that the class of 2010 dream of a genuinely “small government” majority is well and truly dead.

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The Farming Game

8:01 AM, May 30, 2013

The oldest and most durable of all Washington handouts is the agricultural subsidy. Without it, of course, farm families would be forced off the land, food prices would rise, and all manner of woe would be the nation's lot.

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Subsidizing Sweetness

7:48 AM, Apr 02, 2013

Senator Charles Schumer has discovered a new cash crop that requires taxpayer support.  As Pete Kasperowicz writes in the Hill:

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Shoot More, the Government's Paying

9:34 AM, Jan 10, 2013

The headline on a press release from the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife reads:

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