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  1. iangoodson

    iangoodson said, almost 4 years ago

    Haliburton, Transocean – American companies, American run, American screw-up. But Obama came after the British. It is British pension funds that are paying for American mistakes. It’s called a good old-fashioned shakedown. I just wish that our leaders had the guts to tell Obama where the door is.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Will Congress cap the subsidies our tax dollars are providing to the oil companies and other mining businesses harvesting minerals and chemicals from our soil and seabeds? I hear talk of taking away the child deduction on taxes, but no one has mentioned oil subsidies or gold mining subsidies/freebies since the elections ended.

  3. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, almost 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    What subsidies? What freebies? Are you saying the Govn. has a net loss concerning these producers?

  4. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    the fat oil guy doesn’t look British enough.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    @narrowminded and Ima,
    Liberals believe everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed, without unfairly weighing things in favor of one person or another. I may be wrong, but I think most liberals feel a corporation is NOT a person, but that it is a group of people who may or may not depend on those subsidies. In most cases, companies extracting chemicals and minerals out of the earth pay a miniscule amount of money to do so, and the CEOs of those companies still want low taxes, less regulation, and 7 figure salaries and bonuses.
    I do believe there is a net loss to the Government for what they give to these companies.
    And Ima-
    I just heard the radio ask for people to join a local cities volunteer fire department and EMTs. Some of your income subsidizes people who work a full time job and still volunteer to respond to people just like you when they are having a life threatening emergency.
    When corporations invest their money in maintaining the roads and power lines that get to the buildings, when they provide the facilities where employees can buy food and clothes and power, I’ll be more wiling to let companies keep their subsidies, but as long as taxes pay for roads and infrastructure, I’m afraid I will want them to pay their fair share, even more than their fare share when profits are as high as they are for some.

  6. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    You can form an LLC and put all of your savings in it.
    Then if you cause a traffic accident or have an illness and you are sued, your money won’t go anywhere.

  7. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @iangoodson It is British pension funds that are paying for American mistakes. It’s called a good old-fashioned shakedown. I just wish that our leaders had the guts to tell Obama where the door is.

    No, it’s called an all too small punishment for corporate malfeasance and deliberate negligence. BP was found to have been willingly breaking environmental and safety laws as well as committing fraud for many years.

    As reported by ABC News, “BP’s safety violations far outstrip its fellow oil companies. According to the Center for Public Integrity, in the last three years, BP refineries in Ohio and Texas have accounted for 97 percent of the ‘egregious, willful’ violations handed out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).”

  8. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    For lack of $500,000 safety valve, BP Oil caused billions in damages. I have no sympathy for them.

  9. disgustedtaxpayer

    disgustedtaxpayer said, almost 4 years ago

    some of you posters make me sick.
    I live in an old LAND oilfield area, and the business of finding, drilling, producing oil from below the earth’s surface is one of the most dangerous jobs for any worker.
    Ocean oil production is even more dangerous.
    maybe you do not know of the enormous money investments it takes for each stage of finding and producing crude oil and natural gas so that Americans can use the refined product for vehicle fuels and for heating homes and businesses. So far in 2012, it is still the cheapest fuel available. Gas and oil is used to produce electricity….
    the NY and NJ areas found out how important electricity is..when it was cut off by the superstorm Sandy.
    it is easy to criticize and condemn people who have paid the price, money and time and effort and far more than 8 hour workdays…to succeed in building a profitable industry that humans NEED. But when you curse the OIL CO’s, you expose your own pettiness.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Regulation changes in 2007, among others, that BP helped write, led to the spill, they owe for damages, and finally got nailed. No sympathy should be shown to them.

  11. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, almost 4 years ago

    ^a case for the oil worker, not the oil company (person) or industry.

    disgusted taxpayer does, however, make a great case for green energy with her post.

  12. Jeddidyah

    Jeddidyah said, almost 4 years ago

    “The wheels of justice grind slowly but when they do they grind very, very fine.”

    -An old Gaelic saying.

  13. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    "some of you posters make me sick.
    I live in an old LAND oilfield area, and the business of finding, drilling, producing oil from below the earth’s surface is one of the most dangerous jobs for any worker. Ocean oil production is even more dangerous.

    And you make many of us sick. Are you defending the willfully negligent actions that cost the lives of 30 hard working people?? BP is one of the most profitable companies on Earth. Time and time again, it has been fined for falsifying maintenance records and safety violations in the name of profit. Their corporate greed cost the lives of it’s own workers and the livelihoods of thousands living along the cost. If you defend that you are truly contemptible.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Hello Ima,
    I do believe what I write. If I find I’m wrong, I apologize and make the proper adjustments. How about you?
    That question didn’t bother me and I almost didn’t respond to you, and you don’t really care about “facts”. I make that assumption as you nearly never provide links from objective sources backing your assertions.
    However-You write
    “We get our money by providing a service and delivering a wanted product. We don’t hold a gun to anyone’s head to buy electricity. In fact, whenever someone calls me to disconnect their service I do it willingly.”
    Electricity IS a gun pointed at a person’s head. For heat, air conditioning when temps exceed 100, for medical equipment and preserving food… if you provide electricity to people, you know this. You say when someone wants to be disconnected, you do it willingly. In the context of a person who is moving out of the area, I understand, but if a person can’t afford to pay their bills because their pension evaporated because of mishandling by their fund managers, or because they lost their jobs, or a myriad set of reason, it makes you sound hearltess. Like when Mitt Romney said he likes firing people. I know he meant he liked firing people who didn’t do their jobs right, but you are disconnecting people, at times, who are simply having very bad luck. And you make it sound like you enjoy disconnecting people from the power grid.
    People can live without air for a few minutes. They can live without water for a few days. They can live without food for a few weeks. But they cannot easily live without shelter for very long, especially in the extreme cold of winter or the extreme heat of summer.
    I don’t believe Government can do things better than private business, but Government doesn’t have the profit motive or the “duty to shareholders”. Government employees have a much lower salary cap than executives doing similar work in the private sector. Private business is too greedy and too unregulated to be trusted to take care of pension holders, employee rights, and many other things that honor and “Christian values” should compel them to do.
    Up until 1998, it was working real good for me and millions of Americans. In 1998, Congress was convinced by bank and investment banking lobbyists to loosen the rules regarding pension funds. After 1998, pension funds were raided, corporate profits rose, bonuses were paid, and retirees, trusting their retirement funds were safe, trusted their fund holders to take care of their money and their government to make sure those protections were in force. How did that free market attitude work out for Americans, Ima?
    You also say you have explained how allowing people to keep their earned money is better for the economy. I have rarely seen explanations or evidence supporting comments from you. I do see you doing best to counter the extreme views of liberal posters with some of the most extreme views posted by conservative extremists.
    So, you work for a power company and you are happy to disconnect people who request it. How do you feel about disconnecting an Iraqi war vet who can’t find a job and can’t afford to pay for power? How do you feel about disconnecting a WW2 vet who came back from the Battle of the Bulge and worked thirty years for a company that went bankrupt and no longer had to pay retirement to pensioners? How do you feel about disconnecting a family of five in the middle of winter?
    If you think private business can help take care of disenfranchised people more than the government, by all means, cut taxes and entitlements. Tell me how that goes for you.
    It won’t go well for the victims on wholse heads you pull your electric “gun”.
    I truly hope that you never have to walk in the shoes of the people you so often criticize. I also hope you have a happy Thanksgiving spent with loved ones.
    Please pray for the millions of Americans who will not have a Thanksgiving Day meal, or time spent with family. You might even want to think about those who are without power because of storms or financial misfortunes.
    Have you ever wondered if a person who died in their home because the froze to death or developed heat stroke because your company cut their power?

  15. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 4 years ago

    Ima asked if I believed what I write. He also said He used the pronouns, “We, Our, and I” when discussing the company for whom he speaks. When he says he cuts power for those who request it willingly i agreed at two points. My question was how he felt about those who lost service when it was no fault of their own. So, it is “his” company, not mine…unless he works for Dominion Power.
    It is not laying a guilt trip to present facts(as one understands them) and/or consequences to actions/inactions. If I am wrong, tell me in what way. But don’t focus inaccurately on single sentences in order to discredit the entirety of the message.
    You are not the first person to tell me they didn’t think anyone in this forum would let a person die from action or inaction. But Orthodox Catholic says that those involved with abortion should be fined, imprisoned, and, and he did say “and”, executed. Elsewhere, a lady ran over her husband because he didn’t vote, he didn’t vote for Obama, he didn’t vote for ANYONE. The number of people posting in other forums I visit use “kill” words very freely.
    My cousin was murdered, shot in the back five times, because he gave a man’s little brother an F and the boy wouldn’t be able to play football. I am constantly amazed over the things for which people will kill neighbors, friends, and family.
    Then there are the unregulated companies dumping pollutants into the air, water, and earth near communities. How many people suffer needlessly because of laws written by both parties that allow such companies to operate without becoming safer? Or is suggesting such things providing a guilt trip?
    I like the statement of the President being everyone’s PoTUS, I know he agrees.

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