May 9, 2011

DEMOCRATS SEE HIGH GAS PRICES as a good occasion for raising taxes on oil companies. The NYT passes along the Democrats’ puzzling PR on the subject. Senator Menendez says: “Big Oil certainly doesn’t need the collective money of taxpayers in this country. This is as good a time as any in terms of pain at the pump and in revenues needed for deficit reduction.” The collective money? Interesting use of the word “collective.” It’s a tell, isn’t it? If anyone has money, they have the people’s collective money. Somehow taking that is supposed to to help people who are feeling “pain at the pump.” It’s hard to see how. But maybe the key phrase is “This is as good a time as any.” It’s always a good time for taxing!

(Also posted at Althouse, where you can comment, if you like.)

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