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Deep inside the "Taxpayer Relief Act" – Cui bono?


Well, finally – in the 11th hour and 59th minute – Republicans and Democrats negotiated a fiscal reform package, which they touted as the "American Taxpayer Relief Act."

But if you had been allowed to peek behind the curtain during the deal-making, you would've noticed that the Dems and Repubs were not alone – and some taxpayers were getting extra-special relief. Captain Morgan, Bacardi, and other Caribbean rum peddlers, for example, were at the table, picking up a half-billion-dollar-a-year liquor subsidy; NASCAR wheeled in to win a multimillion-dollar loophole for building racetracks; railroad conglomerates hauled...