Big Un-American Oil By AL LEWIS
Not paying taxes, that's un-American.Last week, James Mulva, chief executive of Houston-based ConocoPhillips, tried to add a new activity to the list: asking big oil companies to give up tax breaks.The Senate Finance Committee pulled Mr. Mulva and honchos of BP America, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Shell into a hearing where CEOs repeated their usual sound bites: Getting rid of their cherished tax breaks would mean higher energy prices, fewer oil-industry jobs, more dependence on foreign oil, reduced competition and lower returns for shareholders.Mr. Mulva went further, issuing a press release decrying "un-American tax proposals."
Being too big to fail, that's un-American.
When huge multi-national companies are bailed out by the government, not only is is un-American, it's un-capitalist.
When extremely profitable multi-national companies are given subsidies, it's not only un-American, it's insane.
Raising health insurance costs to the point where average Americans can no longer afford health insurance, that's un-American.
Cutting off your nose despite your face by destroying the actual people who buy your products is un-American and sociopathic.
Invading countries and starting wars for profit, that's un-American.
Indiscriminately carpet bombing countries back to the stone age, that's un-American.
Using WMD such as depleted uranium and cluster bombs, that's un-American.
Torturing detainees, that's un-American.
Assassinating enemies, that's un-American.
Holding detainees indefinitely without a trial, that's un-American.
Being brainwashed by the media, that's un-American.
When all television personalities and pundits are either Democrats or Republicans, that's un-American and undemocratic.
Defending the government by news hosts is un-American.
Not criticizing you government, that's un-American.
Blind patriotism is un-American and dangerous.
Apathy and complacency as the corporations take over the government while continuing to curb your civil liberties is un-American and happening right now...
Wake up America!