A bill to keep the Bush tax cuts in place has, in the words of the Associated Press, become a “Christmas tree,” for every special-interest handout, earmark, and give away imaginable. Sadly, when Congress trims a Christmas tree, its the one time you’d rather have something that looks like Charlie Brown brought it home.
Though there is plenty in this bill for everyone to hate, as an environmental analyst, the continued subsidies for green pork (i.e., renewable-energy grants, tax credits, payouts, and mandates) are especially egregious.
Billions more in direct grants and mandates are being given to solar- and wind-power manufacturers, installers, and energy producers (including a bunch to some of the biggest companies in the world, and companies in China). As I’ve detailed elsewhere, these energy sources are unreliable and expensive and often kill more jobs than they create.
The question is, where is the Tea Party’s vocal outrage over this bill? The Tea Party movement was supposed to be about shrinking the size and scope of government, getting back to Constitutional principle and forcing the government to live within its means. It was not about keeping taxes low at any cost — or so I thought.