For the most part, Sen. Bob Corker stuck to Republican talking points when he spoke today to the Knoxville Economics Forum.
The first-term Tennessee Republican said the fiscal crisis the nation faces requires tax reform, entitlement spending cuts and otherwise slashing the size of federal government.
And he made standard Republican cracks about health care reform, Dodd-Frank and the Environmental Protection Agency.
However, he made some in the mostly friendly audience squirm when he suggested a few tax reform specifics.
If you are a fan of tax breaks — the more obscure the better — spend a little time this holiday weekend reading the tax law President Obama signed recently.
There are tax breaks for windmills, rum subsidies, race horses and other goodies.
Or check out this story. It’s a quicker read.
More on the tax cuts from the White House White Board:
Tax Cuts, Unemployment Insurance & Jobs
Struggling East Tennessee businesses should send Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich a thank-you note for providing the crucial 60th vote for a bill that will deliver $30 billion in credit and $12 billion in tax breaks to small businesses.
And while they’re at it, business owners should send lumps of coal to Tennessee senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. The Tennessee Republicans have toed the party line and helped hold the much-need bill hostage to filibuster.