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1. The federal Bureau of Land Management rents out public lands to ranchers for cattle grazing. In 1992, the BLM's annual grazing fee was $1.92 per animal, according to the National Wildlife Federation. But private landowners charge their grazing customers, on average, $9.26 per animal. The low grazing fees amount to a food stamp program for livestock belonging to wealthy ranchers. In 1992, the government's below-market rates cost the taxpayers an estimated $55 million in revenues.

2.Data is old...but the result is the same. A new book by two investigative reporters at the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, has documented how Congress has shifted the tax burden from the wealthy and corporations onto the middle class and the working poor. They document, for example, that Chase Manhattan Corporation, the parent corporation of Chase Manhattan Bank, in the 2-year period 1991 and 1992 had net income (after expenses but before taxes) of $1.5 billion. Chase paid $25 million in U.S. taxes, for a tax rate of 1.7 percent, even though the official corporate tax rate at the time was 34%. Texaco, the oil company, with before-tax net income of $2.7 billion in 1991 and 1992, paid $237 million in U.S. taxes, a tax rate of 8.8 percent. Ogden Corporation, which sells incinerators for solid waste (among other things), reported net income before taxes of $217 million in 1991 and 1992 but Ogden paid less than $200,000 in U.S. taxes, for a tax rate below 1 percent. Meanwhile, the average family making $30,000 to $40,000 per year paid federal taxes at an average rate of 10.6 percent in 1991 and 1992. [2] In 1954, corporations paid 75 cents in taxes for every dollar paid by individuals and families; in 1994 they will pay about 20 cents in taxes for every dollar paid by individuals and families. [3] As Barlett and Steele document thoroughly, Congress has created two tax laws --the privileged person's tax law, and the common person's tax law

3. The federal government spent $92 billion in direct and indirect subsidies to businesses and private- sector corporate entities - expenditures commonly referred to as "corporate welfare" - in fiscal year 2006. The definition of business subsidies used in this report is broader than that used by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, which recently put the costs of direct business subsidies at $57 billion in 2005. For the purposes of this study, "corporate welfare" is defined as any federal spending program that provides payments or unique benefits and advantages to specific companies or industries.
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Boeing, Xerox, IBM, Motorola, Dow Chemical, General Electric, and others have received millions in taxpayer-funded benefits through programs like the Advanced Technology Program and the Export-Import Bank. In addition, the federal crop subsidy programs continue to fund the wealthiest farmers.IBID
 
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