We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I oppose all subsidies. I have no problem with the government supporting American business and using caution when passing laws/regulations affecting businesses. But otherwise they should be hands off. But let's not do this piecemeal and not in a way that causes problems. End all subsidies or none and phase them out over a two year period.
The Candlemaker Petition is super. There is also Bastiat's Broken Window Fallacy: 3w's dot: bastiat.org/en/twisatwins dot html
As a rule I am also opposed to all subsidies . . . but, if temporarily they were used to buy and distribute surplus basic foods to the unemployed, the illegals, and the welfare bums and to do completely away with EBT cards, food stamps and obamaphones it would be a step in the right direction. Cheese, peanut butter, potatoes, apples, flour, grain (instead of ethanol to ruin our engines), etc. could satisfy basic human nutritional needs and provide an incentive to get off the couch at the same time.