Kucinich's 100% Oil Profit Tax Idea Goes Unchallenged at CBS

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It’s not every
day a politician calls for a 100-percent tax rate on national TV. Even the most
liberal-friendly of journalists would be inclined to question such a punitive
idea. But when former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich called for such a
tax on the “windfall profits” of oil on the July 28 “Early Show,” CBS’s Hannah
Storm didn’t even bat an eyelash.

Opening an
interview segment with the liberal Rep. Kucinich (D-Ohio) and the libertarian
Cato Institute’s Jerry Taylor on the so-called windfall profits tax, Storm
asked Kucinich how such a tax would “translate to consumers and help the people
who are paying at the pump.”

The former Cleveland mayor replied
that “when you start imposing some discipline, a 100-percent tax on excess profits,
then the oil companies aren't going to be making $1,300 a second like
ExxonMobil is.”

Yes, he said 100
percent. Rather than pressing Kucinich on the 100 percent figure or how he
expected it to lower the price of gasoline, Storm asked Taylor for his rebuttal.

Yet when Taylor finished explaining how the Congressional Research
Service found that a similar tax in place in the 1980s actually raised prices,
Storm pushed Taylor
with a talking point that echoed Kucinich’s rhetoric.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.