Wednesday Open Line

Earlier in the week, some commenters here likened government subsidies and grants to business are no different than welfare programs for people. In the news yesterday, President Obama repeated his call for an end to $4 billion in oil industry tax breaks as gas prices approach $4 a gallon and after a top lawmaker indicated a possible shift in Republican policy. John Boehner said regarding his opposition to ditch the tax breaks “I don’t think the big oil companies need to have the oil depletion allowances, but for small, independent oil and gas producers, if they didn’t have this, there’d be even less exploration in America than there is today,” Boehner said on ABC’s World News Tonight. “It’s certainly something we need to be looking at.”

Welcome to the Wednesday open line…