August 4, 2012

THEN WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AUTHOR AND THOSE LOBBYISTS?:

There is an Honest Republican (Michael Tomasky, Aug 3, 2012, Daily Beast)

Mitt Romney may be terrified of getting specific. But not Coburn. I had been unaware, until his aides emailed me, that the senator had produced this rather voluminous 63-page study of tax giveaways that, he believes, might all be candidates for elimination. Whether you agree or don't, it's a fascinating document if, as you read through it, you imagine all those conversations (many in "quiet rooms," no doubt!) between lobbyists and lawmakers, all those checks written, all those scotch and sodas and steaks and mulligans and four-foot gimmees that must have gone into the making of this mess.

Some of them are plain silly. The fishing tackle boxes industry gets a break that manufacturers of other types of fishing equipment do not. I counted four different kinds of ethanol credits.

But others don't seem silly at all to me. 



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