It is rare to see someone so lacking in awareness of the situation of most Americans and so clearly devoted to the writings of Ayn Rand that they would openly advocate the praising and worship of Mammon on the floor of the Senate. But Rand Paul is just that kind of person.
Paul argued Big Oil deserves even more favors from government, because they’re doing such a good job extracting wealth from American families:
Instead of punishing them, you should want to encourage them. I would think you would want to say to the oil companies, “What obstacles are there to you making more money?” And hiring more people. Instead they say, “No, we must punish them. We must tax them more to make things fair.” This whole thing about fairness is so misguided and gotten out of hand. [..] We as a society need to glorify those who make a profit,” Paul concluded.
::head desk:: Those poor, put upon, oil companies. How dare we consider rolling back tax breaks to some of the most profitable corporations in the entire world, who are raking in those profits on the backs of Americans struggling to get by!
The top five oil companies announced profits totaling $32 billion for the third fiscal quarter, bringing their total profits for 2011 to an astounding $101 billion.
- Chevron today announced its third quarter profits of $7.83 billion, bringing their total earnings for 2011 to over $21 billion. [Washington Post, 10/28/11]
- Exxon Mobil had third quarter profits of $10.3 billion, bringing their 2011 total profits to over $31 billion. [CNN, 10/27/11; ThinkProgress, 10/27/11]
- Royal Dutch Shell had third quarter profits of $6.98 billion, bringing their 2011 total profits to over $21 billion. [Wall Street Journal, 10/27/11; ThinkProgress, 10/27/11]
- ConocoPhillips announced $2.62 billion in profits for the third quarter, making their total profits for 2011 $9 billion. [AP, 10/26/11; ThinkProgress, 10/26/11]
- BP had third quarter profits of $4.9 billion, bringing their 2011 total profits to $16 billion. [AP, 10/25/11; ThinkProgress, 10/25/11]
C'mon, people, that's an American success story. Anyone who would begrudge them tax breaks are just jealous of their success. After all, the CEO of Chevron told Congress that he doesn't think Americans want shared sacrifice, but shared prosperity.
Tell you what, pal. Looks like you've had your time enjoying prosperity, how about letting the rest of us get a chance now? And Rand Paul? What do you say to someone so enamored of selfishness under the guise of self-determination, and blinded by greed and avarice that they worship a bad writer who was a "moocher" on society herself?
How about "one-term Senator"?
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