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Letter: Save by cutting corporate welfare

The Senate will pass a bill extending unemployment insurance benefits, with no strings attached, for three months for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans. This includes 20,000 veterans.

The bill then goes to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. House Republicans indicate that they will consider extending unemployment insurance for three months only if the $6.3 billion cost is offset by cuts to other programs. By the way, President George W. Bush extended long-term unemployment benefits five times with no offsets. Here are a few suggestions for those cuts.

The Republican-controlled House should get paid only on the days they work. Since they only work about a third of a year, they should only be paid for a third of a year. This would save about $25 million. The rest of the time, they can live on unemployment benefits that expire after 26 weeks. Good luck buying food for your family or heating your home during a Polar Vortex.

They should also kick multi-national corporations off of corporate welfare. We can start with the farm bill and cut giant multi-national agribusinesses like ConAgra and Monsanto off the taxpayer funded welfare rolls. This should save several billion taxpayer dollars a year.

How about ending the taxpayer funded subsidies for welfare queens like Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, Shell and other large multi-national oil giants? This would save another $4 billion a year. We could also cut 1 percent from the obscene defense budget that would save $5 billion a year. All we have to do is get out of Afghanistan a few months earlier than planned. They don't want us in their country anyway. If you look at what's happening in Iraq, the same thing will likely happen in Afghanistan once we are gone. We've already wasted a few trillion dollars on these wars with little or nothing to show for it, other than a huge national debt and wounded and dead soldiers.

It's not that hard to come up with $6.3 billion if you look in the right places. It's time to start respecting American workers and their families by providing support when they lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Those who serve in the military pledge never to leave other Americans behind. The Republican Party seems to have no problem leaving millions of Americans and their families behind. That's unpatriotic, and it won't be forgotten in the 2014 elections.

David J. Iacono

Westminster

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