Roemer: Eliminate Energy Department, Subsidies

Friday, 22 Jul 2011 08:26 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer says that the cut, cap, and balance “has its moments,” but it is not enough. The government also should eliminate the Energy Department and purge energy subsidies, Roemer told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Buddy Roemer, subsidies, energy, GOP, president“We need to cut 1 percent from the GDP [gross domestic product] — that's $140 billion,” the newly minted Republican presidential candidate said. “It is real simple. Do away with all energy subsidies for big oil, ethanol. Then do away with the Department of Energy. [Donald] Trump had it right on your show. We need to be energy independent. We can do it by the end of the decade, Greta. There is no leadership, Greta, none.

“I'm the only guy running for president who has been a congressman and governor — only one. I've been there, done that,” he said. “Left there very happily. It’s a circus. These people are clowns. They are wearing makeup. They don't tell the truth. There’s no plan to reduce the deficit or to manage it.

“Washington is bought and sold. You know why we done do these things? You know why we don’t revise the budget? You know why we don't check the books? You know why we have a tax code that you can’t read? Because the lobbyists are paying these guys,” Roemer said.

“The clowns in Washington better pay attention, or they will be gone,” he said. “America is in trouble. And it is going to get worse before it gets better. We have a debt that we cannot repay. And excessive debt shrinks a nation.”

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