Totally Didn't See That Coming

The headline is so perfect; it could be archetypal. Republicans block extra taxes on oil companies
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked a Democratic plan to tax the windfall profits of the largest oil companies.

Democrats on Tuesday failed, 51-43, to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster of the energy package, and bring the bill up for consideration.

Democrats said the huge profits enjoyed by the largest U.S. oil companies should be reined with motorists paying more than $4 a gallon for gasoline and oil prices soaring well beyond $100 a barrel. But Republican critics said higher taxes on oil companies would increase — not lower — gasoline prices and reduce the incentive for domestic oil exploration and production.
Republicans to America: Suck it up, bitchez. Our profits are untouchable.

(Edit: For the record, here in Chicago, we're about twenty cents away from $5 gas.)

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