On Tuesday, June 10, 2008, all three networks informed us of how the Republicans block the Democrat's plan to tax oil companies' "windfall profits." They couched it in a manner that left the viewer with the impression that somehow the Republicans did a horrendously bad thing in light of the rising gas prices.
ABC: "Senate Republicans block Democratic plan to tax oil companies' windfall profits."
NBC Nightly News: "Senate Republicans today blocked a Democratic plan to impose a windfall profit tax on oil companies."
CBS Evening News: "Senate Republicans today blocked Democrats from slapping a tax on the windfall profits of oil companies."
No one disagrees that oil companies are putting the screws to us. But apparently the Democrats AND the three major networks are in the same oil tank together. It would have been nice had the networks been honest enough to have explained the consequences of the plan the Republicans fortunately blocked. If the objective is to truly lower gas prices, it makes absolutely no sense to tax those who are going to pass that tax onto us.
Sure, tax the bad oil companies, that will teach us. We obviously didn't learn from the Democrat's energy plans of the past, so put it to us again. (When the Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the average price of regular gasoline was $2.33 per gallon. Remember how they blamed Bush, promising that if we voted Democrat it would all change? Change is good, huh? Well, today, thanks to the Democrats, gas is over $4.00 per gallon. Now, that's change you can believe in.)
Damn, stuff like this really ticks me off. How stupid do they think we are? So, to the three networks and the Democrats who supported this ridiculous plan, I give you... "THE BIRD."