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Sen. Lamar Alexander

Wasteful subsidies for ‘big wind’

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 6:14 am

LAMAR ALEXANDER u.s. senator One of the things we remember most about the late President Ronald Reagan is what he said about government programs: “The closest you will come to eternal life on this Earth is a government program.” Well, my nomination for the most glaring example of a government program that seems to have eternal life is the wind production tax credit. Last week in Washington, the Senate Finance

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