AUTHOR: Responder TITLE: Profits Bad DATE: 2/17/2006 08:51:00 AM ----- BODY:
Oliver Willis is amongst several of the more popular liberal blogs. Many of his entries are rife with errors, falsehoods, DNC talking points, and just outrageous nonsense (He claims Republicans are 'evil.'). One of his favorite bogey-men is Fox News, which he claims is nothing more than a propaganda outlet for the RNC and the Bush administration. He writes the following regarding Neil Cavuto:
Neil Cavuto gives us a preview of the kind of idiocy we’ll get from Fox when they launch a business channel.

It is easy to make the oil companies villains, when they’re making dough. It hardly seems to rate when they are not.

The oil companies need no lobby. Sometimes I just wonder if they need something else: a fair shake.

Who, who will stand up for the poor oppressed oil companies? They may not break the record for profits by a U.S. company for the third quarter in a row! And poor Rex Tillerson may not have as much money to dispense into RNC pockets. The tragedy of it all.

This is often the kind of tactic Oliver uses. He takes a quote and then puts his own spin on it. All Cavuto is doing is wondering if people like Oliver will care if oil companies start losing money should energy prices plunge. Oliver turns that into some nonsense about "poor oppressed oil companies." Something Cavuto did not allege. It would be interesting to hear from Oliver what he thinks we would be doing if oil companies were losing money? He should remember that many people who work for the oil companies are not billionaires or even millionaires. Many of them are the average working Joe's that Oliver claims the Democratic Party represents. I sincerely doubt Oliver and others who think like him were sending 'Thank You' notes to oil companies 5-6 years ago when most Americans were paying less than a dollar for a gallon of unleaded. Another thing Oliver needs to remember is the relatively low amounts US citizens pay for gasoline in comparison to other countries. In many countries in Europe for example, they're paying more than twice what we pay here. Finally, why is Oliver only attacking oil companies? If record profits are such a bad thing, why doesn't he go after Dell, Microsoft, 401K companies, and other industries that are seeing huge gains in their profits? Because those companies don't fit the left's model of bad companies out to score profits off the backs of working Americans. That and they can't tie those industries to President Bush.