No big surprise that Roy Blunt does his best to pay off his Big Oil patrons. Alternet’s Tara Lohan didn’t characterize him as “Exon’s man” for no reason after all.
Yesterday he voted against the Buffett Rule. No big surprise there either. What’s the connection? Check out what Blunt had to say on his Facebook page about his Buffett Rule vote (and try not to laugh out loud):
I voted against the Buffett Tax today because it would do nothing to jumpstart job creation or lower gas prices – a fact my colleagues across the aisle readily admit. Americans are struggling with high unemployment and skyrocketing fuel costs, and the last thing job creators need is greater uncertainty. We must work together to pass bipartisan solutions like the Keystone XL Pipeline and a pro-growth tax structure that will encourage businesses to invest and hire more workers.
Tell me again what tax fairness has to do with gas prices – or Keystone XL? Apart from the big tax subsidies with which we the taxpayers gift the oil companies – thanks to GOP pols like our Senator Blunt – most of us, I’m pretty sure, would say not too much. Unless, of course, like Roy, you’ve been working double-time to use higher gas prices to club the opposition while drumming up support for letting the oil companies run wild and free.
Given that Blunt’s so worried about gas prices that have nearly reached levels that last prevailed under his pal George W. Bush, he will surely be pleased to support the President’s latest initiative to deal with factors that actually affect prices – and no, they have nothing to do with the Buffett Rule:
With average gasoline prices at $3.90 nationwide and higher in various regions, the Obama administration will announce this morning new measures to boost federal oversight of oil markets, tougher penalties on market manipulation and requirements for empower energy traders to put more money behind to back their commodity transactions.
You’re correct, of course, that I shouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Blunt’s endorsement. We all know that while he’ll come out swinging in defense of the big guys who, incidentally, richly finance his political campaigns, he’s no more interested in asking oil company execs and financial types to do their part and act responsibly than he is in taking a stand for tax fairness.
* Last paragraph slightly edited for clarity.