Congress Takes Aim at 'Big Oil'

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    The Dems are once again wasting time by attacking another US industry. With their approval numbers sinking like the Titantic, Dems are trying to appease their rabid base by going after one of their favorite targets - the oil companies




    June 21, 2007
    Congress Takes Aim at 'Big Oil'
    By Steve Forbes

    In what's become an annual rite of spring, politicians in Washington are posturing before the cameras about how they are going to deal with rising gas prices. Their solutions always start with how they are going to take on big, bad oil companies and end with more taxes, regulation, price controls and mandates. While the rhetorical attacks may sound good on TV or in their press releases, these policies would only harm the very consumers they claim to be concerned about.

    First up is to outlaw "price gouging," which they allege is behind the run up in prices - never mind the rise in the price of crude oil on the world market and other market forces. Ignoring the fundamental laws of economics, as they often do, Congress wants to criminalize the law of supply and demand and keep the specter of criminal penalties hanging over the industry. Every investigation by the FTC and by state and local officials has concluded that there is no evidence of gouging or manipulation.

    Even the New York Times in a recent article asked if gouging was a "phantom menace." In the article, reporter Edmund Andrews pointed out "if the oil industry is so powerful, why did it let gasoline prices fall through the floor throughout the 1980s and part of the 1990s? For that matter, why did it let gasoline prices fall sharply after they spiked in 2005 and 2006?" This political posturing by Congress will only result in de facto price controls, and anyone who lived through the 1970's will tell you how that worked - it only led to shortages and long gas lines

    More worrisome are the various tax proposals coming out of the economic geniuses in Washington. Every increase in gas prices or positive profit announcements from energy companies is met with a call for more taxes on the industry despite the fact that oil companies already pay more in taxes than most other corporations. According to the Tax Foundation, the "average effective tax rate" on oil companies is nearly 39%, compared to 33% for other industries. The reality is that increased taxes and regulation creates an environment for less investment, which means less production and higher prices.

    The crown jewel of their tax proposals is always the windfall profits tax. Year after year, members of Congress reintroduce the legislation to tax the "excess" profits of oil companies. Never mind that the last time we enacted the windfall profits tax in the early 1980's it led to decreased domestic production and increased our reliance on foreign oil, according to the Congressional Research Service.

    And to make matters worse, earlier this year the House passed legislation (H.R. 6) that would increase taxes on the energy industry to create a government fund to support alternative energy. Many referred to the bill as a national version of Proposition 87 in California, which was resoundingly defeated in one of the greenest states in the country. Voters understood that it makes no sense to raise taxes on the domestic oil industry to create a pot of money for politicians to play with. The House passed the disastrous bill anyway, putting American companies at a disadvantage to foreign oil companies, many of whom are controlled by their governments.

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    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/06/criminalizing_supply_and_deman.html
     
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    A windfall profits tax is a bad idea.
     
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    It will only drive up the price of gas - then libs can bitch about that as well

    Oil companies make a dime profit on a gallon of gas, while government makes about 50 to 60 cents in taxes off the same gallon
     
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    The liberal media does not share your opinion


    CNN’s Velshi Takes Shots at GOP, Oil Firms
    Posted by Dan Gainor on June 22, 2007 - 15:31.
    The energy debate on the Hill could help determine policy and prices for decades. Just don’t expect CNN to report it in a fair way.

    Instead, you get Ali Velshi, the ‘American Morning’ business reporter, taking swipes at energy companies and the Republican Party. While the GOP stopped plans for a new tax to pay for more Democratic goodies, Velshi said the Republican wasn’t “particularly sound.”

    That’s OK, he also complained that the oil companies are “getting off free.” Apparently, Velshi, not always known for math accuracy, needs a tune-up when it comes to taxes. Oil companies paid an estimated $48.36 billion in income taxes in 2004. They also collect a similar number in excise taxes for Uncle Sugar.

    http://newsbusters.org/node/13675
     
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    LOL I think Pelosi and company forget what fuels her PRIVATE jumbo jet she requests to have her and her children to fly in
     
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    DO you mean her original jet Speaker Hassert had - or the more larger one she demanded?
     
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    umm the one that has the big white dove with the Syrian flag in it's mouth painted on it
     
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    or the huge jet with the screening room, bedroom, shower, and all the luxury the Speaker of State demands and deserves?
     
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    LOL come on RSR all the other speakers of the house around the world have one or two these babies. How would it look to the French or the Syrians if our speaker of the house wasnt "pimped" out with the latest high tech fully loaded private jet, she'd be a laughing stock if she didnt have it all, oh wait.... never mind
     
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    Screecher Belosi at her best
     

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