The White House has very recently learned that gasoline is getting too expensive for the voters.
The reason it is too expensive is that oil companies are selling the stuff and charging voters more than they used to, just because it is costing them more to buy the oil in a politicized international market with various governments attempting to manipulate prices, and more to transport the oil from Canada and South America and the Mid-east, and more to refine the oil into gasoline, the greedy bastids.
So the White House, mindful on the burden that high gas prices places on ninety-nine percent of us voters , has figured out that if the government will cancel "tax breaks" or raise taxes on the oil companies, that will necessarily deprive them of their greed-soaked profits, the greedy bastids.
Of course, once deprived of profits, the oil companies will naturally want to charge voters lower prices at the pump . . . and . . . . and . . . Hey! Wait a minute.
What's the chances the oil companies would raise voters' gasoline prices even more to make up the difference?
But it's okay. Think of the satisfaction you'll feel, as you are walking to your job because you can't afford both to feed your car and feed your kids, knowing that the greedy bastid oil companies at least had been punished for their greed.
What? You don't have a job anymore, since your employer's bankruptcy?
Well, fortunately you still have your old 401K you can liquidate, right? They can't take that away from you, can they? Just pay the government the income taxes on what you withdraw, with the extra 10% penalty tax the government says you owe for using your own money before government planned for you to do, and you should be okay. I bet you're glad you didn't put your retirement investment into oil company stocks, aren't you?
Much safer to invest in wind energy companies and solar panels and electric cars, right? Nobody would ever accuse those sorts of businesses of being run at a profit, unlike the greedy bastid oil companies, seeing as how green companies all require government tax rebates, and outright loans of taxpayers money just to stay in business.
And how about this? Maybe the government will be driven to nationalize the gasoline companies, and then us voters would own the greedy bastid oil companies! Like with General Motors and Chrysler. If that happens, the White House will be able to see to it that greedy corporations will supply voters with what government determines the voters need. Instead of what we want.
Provided the wealthy will shut up and pay their fair share.