There is another way to look at oil subsidies. Every one in America benefits from cheap oil especially when you compare it to other country's prices. Oil is in the ground and is either considered owned or not owned by someone depending how you see it. Oil companies are going to make a profit either way subsidies or no subsidies that is just a fact. Asking all Americans to voluntarily pay for cheaper oil would never fly so those that understand how our economy works know that cheap fuel is essential to a healthy economy and use the strongarm of the federal government to see that it is available. It is no different than government collecting taxes for infrastructure to enrich builders of roads and bridges. That is why republicans AND democrats defeated Obama's attempts.