Ask yourself: Are the oil, coal and gas going to suddenly move to the North Sea? My guess is that with subsidies or not, Exxon will still want at the fossil fuels here. Want another reason to end these subsidies?
People of faith and of conscience must add their voices to tell Congress to act reasonably and responsibly. Rejecting the House leaders' efforts later this summer to extend the unfair tax breaks for the top 2 percent would be a good start.
We could learn a lot from the election of 1912 where a third and fourth party shook up the foundations of corporate control. It's a disgrace that 100 years ago the United States could run an election with far greater choices than it is capable of running today.
Austerity folks keep insisting starvation is the only way to recover from the biggest credit binge since the Great Depression. The latest example is House Republicans' passing of Paul Ryan's budget proposal that punishes the poor to pay for the excesses of the wealthiest.
We know Victor Hugo's message is alive and well when Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal continues to punish the poorest for the sins of the wealthiest, who caused the Great Recession and have yet to be punished.
For most Americans, our recent tax day was about as welcomed as a trip to the dentist. But a cab driver working the double shift probably had more reason for discomfort than a hedge-fund manager on Wall Street.