When the drinks are flowing at the open bar, it's not a big surprise that patrons swarm for their free pints. Tax bills are the same, with amendments aplenty as the hours ticked on towards the Senate passage of a massive tax reform package last week. Hey, when you are spending somebody else's money and nobody has time to read what you are sticking in anyway, why not take a gander on a nice payout for your district friends?
With pressure building in Congress to strip out at least the most obvious subsidies to oil and gas, Taxyapers for Common Sense has released a new tally of some of the major ones. The report is useful in providing updated cost estimates, and for going beyond the narrow set of provisions that the legislation has targeted. For example, they pick up the billions in losses due to negligence by the Minerals Management Service in structuring lease contracts for 1998 and 1999 that resulted