EDITORIAL Corporate welfare tactics

03/31/1997
Before they do serious damage, U.S. lawmakers and administration officials should quit slinging around the words "corporate welfare." The very phrase is a reductionist gimmick, a self-convicting allegation designed to fit television news formats. By asserting the existence of corporations on the public dole, it snuggles comfortably into the moral dialectic of congressional fairness judges: Welfare for poor people and welfare for corporations must somehow balance. If the government cuts the former, it must also cut the latter. Anything tagged "corporate welfare" thus becomes a target for budget cuts as latter-day liberalism co-opts conservative fiscal sympathies. Congressiona...
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