Barack Obama and Joe Biden will enact a windfall profits tax on excessive oil company profits to give American families an immediate $1,000 emergency energy rebate to help families pay rising bills. This relief would be a down payment on the Obama-Biden long-term plan to provide middle-class families with at least $1,000 per year in permanent tax relief.
Now let's get this straight. We're going to place a windfall profits tax on energy companies. We're going to pass out that money to American families as an energy rebate. American families will take that money and pay the energy companies. Hmmm.
Let's try this in playground. Johnny has a protection racket. We're going to charge him five dollars in a windfall profits tax. We are going to give each of his 20 victims a quarter each. Then each of those victims will give Johnny a quarter to pay for not being beaten up this week. Johnny will have been punished, and the victims will have been empowered.
Right. No, left.