Skip to comments.OBAMA AND THE OIL COMPANIES
Posted on 04/24/2012 5:54:50 AM PDT by shortstop
It's the oil companies, Obama says.
If only the oil companies paid their fair share. If only we stopped the tax breaks. If only we made them pay.
That was his topic over the weekend on his radio address.
Unfortunately, like almost everything out of his mouth, it was a lie.
Yes, a lie.
When you distort reality in order to deceive and manipulate people, that is a lie. And of late, the sad fact is that the president of the United States is a serial liar. There is almost no honesty in anything he says, and every speech is intended to provoke his followers to anger and to exploit their ignorance and prejudice for his political advantage.
He tells lies about the "haves" so that the "have nots" will get mad, so that they will feel aggrieved and entitled and so that they will rally to his cause. The worst megalomaniacs always need a scapegoat. Hitler had the Jews, Obama has the rich. The comparison is shocking, but apt. Hitler lied to unite his followers by focusing their hate. Obama lies to unite his followers by focusing their hate.
Take the oil companies, for example.
In the Obama world, we are supposed to hate the oil companies.
And the rich and Mitt Romney and corporations and anybody whose money you want.
But right now, it's the oil companies. Obama's mantra is that they must be made to pay their fair share.
So maybe we should look at it. Maybe we should review what the oil companies pay. Maybe we should see just how badly they're ripping us off.
Here are the numbers.
The three biggest oil companies in the United States are, in descending order, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips. Interestingly, the three largest taxpayers in the United States are, in descending order, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips.
They are not America's largest companies, but they are America's largest taxpayers. That's extra interesting because they do not operate under a particularly large margin. Unlike companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple which typically maintain profit margins of some 30% -- oil companies in America have profit margins of roughly 5 to 8%.
But they pay taxes through the nose.
Here are the numbers.
The largest taxpayer in America Exxon Mobil paid $27.3 billion in federal taxes last year, for an effective tax rate of 42%.
Thats the chief company Barack Obama accuses of not paying its share. Which is interesting, because Exxon Mobil paid an effective tax rate more than twice as high as the rate Barack Obama paid.
His recent taxes showed he was taxed at an effective rate of 20.5%.
And hes one of the 1 percent.
Second biggest taxpayer last year, kicking in some $17.4 billion to the federal Treasury, was Chevron, which paid an effective tax rate of 43.3% And rounding out the top three, Conoco Phillips, which kicked in $10.6 billion, for an effective tax rate of 45.6 percent.
Thats essentially the rate paid by Warren Buffet and his secretary combined.
Yet these three biggest taxpayers in America are being vilified by the president as not doing their part. Over and over, he says they arent paying their fair share, and that they are the beneficiaries of special tax breaks.
Lets look at those.
If you took all the tax breaks on the books for the oil industry, and you added up all the deductions that would allow all the oil companies in America not just the top three and then multiplied that by 10, to see what the entire industry takes in deductions over a decade, you end up with about $25 billion.
A decades worth of deductions for the entire industry is less than a single years tax for a single oil company Exxon Mobil.
So those tax breaks arent much of a break.
They are a ruse.
A small percentage on the edge that the president harps on while ignoring the massive percentage in the middle.
America has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. The American oil industry pays the highest corporate taxes in America.
And yet Obama says they dont pay enough.
Even though the federal taxes collected from oil companies and the purchasers of their products are larger than the profits of the oil companies. The government Obama leads takes more money from the oil industry than the oil companies do.
And still he vilifies the oil companies.
Because he is a liar.
Because he exploits his followers ignorance and envy to maintain his grip on power.
Like most dictators of the past.
Heres all I know for sure. The oil companies have done a lot more for me and my country than Barack Obama has.
And the oil companies pay a lot more in taxes in both dollars and percentages than anybody else in this country.
And that every dime the Treasury takes from them, I paid at the pump.
So when Obama says the oil companies must pay more, hes really saying we must pay more.
Which comes as no surprise.
Because thats what he always says.
And hate freedom, capitalism and America. It is all according to the plan.
President of the envious...
Only the real stupid would believe that oil companies pay taxes; the consumer pays them. You have to be a hammera$$ to think otherwise.
I have never believed in corporate taxes on any federal level. But if you’ve gone thru and probably dropped out of our public screw-els, you will believe that a corporation is a person who therefore must pay taxes.
We have an idiot talking to idiots.
And of course, General Electric isn't.
Excellent short summary of the “Oil Companies are Evil” scam.
I’d take Big Oil over Big obama (little soetoro) anyday. At least there’s competition among businesses. With government there is none.
When Obama attacks Wall Street, bankers, and money manipulators he is drawing on age old anti-Jewish stereotypes. By October it may be jewelers and delicatessen owners.
Ping. Excellent article.