Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Interesting article in U.S. News & World Report: Should Uncle Sam Take Oil Company Profits?, by James Pethokoukis:
How about a windfall profits tax on Google? It's an idea that came to me after watching a video of Sen. Hillary Clinton, speaking at the Democratic National Committee's winter wing-ding, apparently call for the confiscation of oil company profits. As the front-runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination put it:
The other day the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits, and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy ... technologies that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence.
Why stop there? Why not confiscate a portion of Google's fat annual profits–the company's 2006 earnings were some $3 billion on revenue of $10.6 billion–and use it for some relevant national goal?