Big Oil Pays Big Taxes

Discussion in 'Politics' started by KenH, May 1, 2006.

  1. KenH

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    The windfall profit tax implemented during the Carter administration reduced domestic oil production by 3%-6% and increased foreign oil imports by 8%-16%.

    Americans pay $0.18/gal. in federal gasoline tax and on average $0.28/gal. in state gasoline tax.

    From 1977 to 2004, federal and state governments, in 2005 dollars, collected $2.2 trillion in income taxes from oil companies and taxes at the pump.

    The oil industry pays 39% in taxes, even after deductions and credits compared to an average of 33% for other industries.

    In 2005 the Big Three - Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips - paid more in taxes than the GDP of 150 countries.

    Ultimately, individuals are the ones really paying taxes and placing additional taxes on corporations simply means that the consumers of oil products will pay more for them.

    Additional taxes will not reduce the price at the pump. And there is no ready-to-eat microwave solution to the high price of energy.

    "Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem." - Ronald Reagan

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    Looks like the federal and state governments have been reaping a windfall from the success of oil and gas companies for decades.
     
  2. Hope of Glory

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    I know that when they raised the property taxes, everyone's rent went up. Yet, so many people look at it as "sticking it to the rich".

    As a side note: In states that have a sales tax on gasoline, vs states with a fixed tax, the states with a sales increase at a faster rate.

    Instead of blaiming the oil companies with an 8% profit margin, why not blame Big Daddy government that gets a higher profit margin?
     
  3. KenH

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    Because in today's "victim mentality" society, Hope of Glory, if people don't like the impact of something on their lives then somebody besides themselves must be to blame for it.
     
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    For that matter, Big Daddy's getting 39% profit margin on Exxon's profit margin, in addition to the 30% or so profit from the consumer.
     
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    Extortion is not the same thing as profit.
     
  6. KenH

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    That's right and until we get the size and scope of government down it will be difficult to stop the government from extorting money from us and from the corporations that make a profit.
     
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    The cost of the oil war subsidizes the oil cartel and American drivers.
     
  8. KenH

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    There was a study I was reading about in The Oil Daily a couple of weeks ago that pointed out that when you add in the cost of defense to keep the sea lanes open, etc., that the cost of gasoline is several dollars per gallon higher than what we pay at the pump.
     

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