Federal Subsidies

Subsidies are direct payments that the government hands out to select communities, industries, businesses and individuals.

They prop up a particular economic activity or sector over their competitors.

These handouts take a number of forms, from payments to mega-farms to payments to airline carriers for flights that no one want—to a hundred other examples.

Unsurprisingly, these subsidies usually go to the wealthy or well-connected, even when they’re supposed to go to the needy. For example, the Community Development Block Grant program was developed to support low-income individuals and address immediate threats to community welfare where “no local funding is available.”

In 2012, however, none of the nation’s 10 poorest counties received any funding through the program. Eight of the 10 richest counties did—two of which, not surprisingly, are adjacent to the Washington, D.C. city limit with easy access to Capitol Hill.

That’s unjust. Politicians and bureaucrats have no business picking the economy’s winners and losers—only consumers have that right.


Dec 08, 2015

Keep the Ex-Im Vacancies

Arlington, VA — Special interests may have revived the Ex-Im Bank, but what the U.S. Senate does next will prove whether Ex-Im supporters’ “small business” rhetoric was nothing more than…

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Dec 04, 2015

There’s Nothing “Mystifying” About Opposing Special Interests

By: James Davis “Befuddlement.” That was how Politico described a lawmaker’s reaction to why Freedom Partners would advocate so strongly for something that doesn’t impact their bottom line. Here’s…

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Dec 02, 2015

We Will Continue Rooting Out Corporate Welfare

Arlington, VA — After months of back and forth, the once-dead Export-Import Bank is expected to be renewed for at least four years as part of the unrelated highway bill. The…

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Nov 12, 2015

GE Gets its Subsidies While Pennsylvanians Lose Their Jobs

Arlington, VA – The day after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to revive the Ex-Im Bank, GE announced another round of layoffs—this time 1,500 jobs in Erie, Penn…

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