$100,000,000,000.00 in profits. Big Oil complains about losing tax refunds. Big Babies?
The big five of Big Oil might want to mull over a bit of advice
that baseball great Ted Williams once offered to rookies: "If you don't
think too good, don't think too much."
Apparently, the chieftains of BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips,
ExxonMobil, and Shell thought that a bit of gruff, CEO bluster would be
just the thing to brush back public anger over the industry's all-star
avarice and arrogance. Bad thinking.
Last week, the head of these multibillion-dollar behemoths,
pumped up on narcissism, strode into a U.S. Senate hearing room and took
wild swings at a bill titled: "Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes." In a time
of $4-a-gallon gasoline, stratospheric rises in petro profits, and a
federal budget deficit severe enough that Republicans have called for
killing Medicare, the spark that exploded the public's fury at oil
giants was the revelation that the big five are on the government dole,
drawing more than $2 billion a year in corporate welfare payments.
Exxon's top exec flailed at the bill, absurdly labeling it
"discriminatory." Next up was Shell's man, who feigned almost-comic
outrage at the notion that our nation's budget deficit should be reduced
"by taking more from the few," as though he was unaware that "the few"
in question are notorious tax dodgers, paying little or nothing on their
enormous profits. Wildest of all though was Conoco's chief, Jim Mulva,
who inflamed senators and insulted the public by calling the bill
No, Mr. Mulva, what's un-American is that you five clueless CEOs
expect to haul in $100 billion in profits this year, yet you're whining
that you should be given $2 billion in special tax breaks, even as
little kids are being cut-off from Head Start and the GOP threatens to
take Medicare away from Grandma. Start thinking about someone besides
your sorry selves.
"The Showdown Over Big Oil," www.thinkprogress.org, May 5, 2011.
"Big Oil execs hit back on tax proposal," www.cnn.com, May 12, 2011.
"Big 'Un-American' Oil," Austin American Statesman, May 15, 2011.
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