Originally Posted by 2gun
If the oil companies could only get the subsidies that Ethenal recieves they would be happy. Also the government takes in almost 2 times as much tax money as the companies recieve in subsidies.
So, they are paying half the taxes that they would otherwise be paying.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love an increase in the benefits that oil companies receive from public policy. My job has me driving about 200 miles a day, I'm filling up 3 to 4 times a week, nearly $60 each time. I use a hell of a lot more fuel than the average person, but my tax rate is fairly typical.
When you calculate my fuel bill, you need to look at the share of the tax burden I pay that would otherwise be paid by oil companies. Everyone who earns the same as me, pays the same amount of tax as me, shoulders that burden equally. Even if they don't consume any fuel at all. That is the crux of the matter.
You are demanding that the general public pay the tax burden that should be assigned to a company, and you're demanding that they pay it regardless of how many of the services or products a member of the general public actually consumes from that company.
Thanks, you prius-driving hippies, for helping me pay my fuel bill. My jeep literally burns what your prius saves, both the fuel and your money. So thank you, hippies. But I'm a fair guy. I'll vote with you to send me the bill I should be paying.