I'm no whore

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    Ok, nobody's said it yet, so here I come. In case none of you have heard (it's old news by now, so no link), some of the fatcats in Washington have decided that it's finally time to address the issue of rediculous gas prices. Some have blamed the oil companies and suggested a windfall profits tax, a stupid idea, especially considering that the government makes 5x the gas company per gallon.

    Then comes the Republican idea, and that's to give every American taxpayer a check for $100 to help alleviate these high gas prices. So, our staunch, majority allies in the Republican party sat down the other day and thought, "Ok, how much money do you think it will take to just buy off the American people so they'll leave us alone and still vote for us." Apparently, that number is $100. Let me just repeat that again, Congress is suggesting that the government bribe you into not kicking up a stink about the price of gas, and the cost of that bribe is a mere $100. Now, I don't know about the rest of you folks here at USMB, but $100 is not enough for me to whore my support out to politicians who have continually failed to do anything but pander to the nutjob environmentalists that got us into this mess in the first place, and I'm insulted that the politicians think it is.
     
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    woudl that be a week or month? a one timer isnt going to cut it.
     
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    Ya know the bigger insult is this $$ comes from us to start with.
    Yeah, they ALL think we are ALL idiots.
     
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    I don't need a $100 check, cut $1000 out of my income taxes each year then I would be bought off.
     
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    So the government wants to bribe me with my own money? :cuckoo:
     
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    Not only is this idea demeaning to me as an American, it's also terrible economics. If gas companies know that Americans have more disposable income, they'll just raise prices accordingly. Besides, what will it buy us? Two tanks? I might get three tanks, since I've got a smaller car. But for those filling a pickup-truck with two tanks, that's not even one trip to the gas station!

    Idiotic. They'd be better off using that money for alternative energy research.
     
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    The bigger issue is price gouging, no? Exxon/Mobil just posted the highest quarterly profits of any publicly owned company in history and just overtook Wal-Mart as number one in the Fortune 500.

    That not trouble any of you?
     
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    Gouging? I hear that all the time. I need to see figures, real figures, credible figures, that show what it costs for these companies to bring gas to the pump. I haven't seen any, yet. So I can't climb on that bandwagon.
     
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    The cost of bringing gas to the pump is alaready taken off the top before "profits" are figured. Otherwise they wouldn't be "profits", but would be "income".

    I forget that, too, sometimes ;)
     
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    Not if these numbers are "gross" profits. ;)
     

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