There's a problem: the very word "subsidies" makes American eyes glaze over. If due attention is to be paid, we have to figure out a language in which to talk about them that will make it clear just how loony our policy is.
The President and Democratic Leaders obviously have a huge responsibility in the debt limit talks. But if there's ever been a time to drive a hard bargain, this is it. There's nothing irresponsible about staring down the Republicans and making them blink.
Though repealing tax breaks for oil companies is a great idea, it's not enough. What's needed is comprehensive corporate tax reform to close the loopholes exploited by a wide range of U.S. firms -- not just those in the petroleum industry.