In Congress, Democratic lawmakers said the sky-high profits reflected misplaced policies by the adminstration of George W. Bush.
"Americans are paying near-record gas prices, oil companies are reaping billions in profits, but the response from the Oil Men in the White House and the Republicans in Congress has been billions for Big Oil and a backhand to the American people," Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Thursday.
"It would be shocking in normal times, but it is standard procedure for Republicans in Washington."
I've almost given up reading stories like this. Out come the social justice and the social contract and the social responsibility johnnies. Truly, it's as if these clowns -- who know better, believe me -- want people to believe that Exxon-Mobil's $10.7 billion quarterly profit has all been piled in a huge vault somewhere with an open top, like Scrooge McDuck's money hoard. Then the executives of the company strip down to their BVDs and swim in it and rub the $100 bills over their paunchy, middle-aged, white northern European bodies.
I swear that's what comes to mind when some people see the headline "Obscene Oil Company Profits". There are those fat cats diving into a tub of money, and then spending it on mink coats for their trophy wives, fast cars that they don't deserve, and filet mignons at fancy-schmancy New York restaurants.
Enough, already! The 10th Commandment says "Thou shalt not covet". Old Moses knew what he was about. It is human nature to covet and to wish ill on those more prosperous than we are. But isn't the entire history of the human race enough to show us that we should get over our jealousies and grow up? I just wish the 10th Commandment could be amended to say: "Thou shalt not covet. Thou shalt buy as much oil stock as thou can lay thy hands on." Now that's a Commandment with some relevance!
And something else: that enormous Exxon-Mobil profit represents just a few cents out of every gallon of gasoline sold. Do you happen to know how much of that gallon of gasoline is excise taxes? In Wisconsin it's about 43 cents. I'd say that if the politicians have really got their g-strings in a gordian about gouging the consumer then they oughta consider cutting the gasoline tax!
And the Europeans! Holy cow! According to MSNBC, in the Netherlands the actual cost of a gallon of gasoline before taxes are tacked on is $2.61 (as of April). But after a 158% tax, the pump price is $6.73! Who's gouging whom?
Yeah, but it's them greedy oil executives, that's what it is!