March 12, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 59

Spending cuts could avoid entitlement programs

To the Editor:

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Over the past several months our Congress has been talking about government spending and deficit reduction. The only thing that appears to be on the table to accomplish this is entitlements that have been contributed to by those eligible to receive them.

What I do not see on the table is corporate welfare and subsidies, like paying farmers to let their land lay fallow, farm subsidies, tax breaks for businesses to hire or relocate, or depletion allowances to gas, oil and coal companies.

Nor do I see foreign aid reform, which appears to be another large welfare program. Indiv...