Clinton takes aim at Obama, Big Oil

April 28, 2008

GRAHAM, N.C. – Offering Americans a summer tax holiday from soaring gasoline prices as another example of why she is the best candidate for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton took aim on Monday at her Democratic Party rival Sen. Barack Obama.

“This is one of the big differences in this race. My opponent Senator Obama opposes giving consumers a break on the gas tax at the federal level. I support it. I understand the American people need some relief,” she told supporters gathered in a fire station here.rtr1zx96.jpg

“Meanwhile Sen. (John) McCain says he’s all for a gas tax holiday, but he won’t pay for it. Well, that is a mistake because we can’t give up on building and repairing our roads. My plan is 100 percent paid for with the windfall profits tax on Big Oil,” she said.

U.S. drivers are reeling from soaring costs at the pump that have seen gasoline reach $4 a gallon in some parts of the country, with an average price around the country of $3.60, after oil scaled a record near $120 a barrel.

Clinton’s plan would use the windfall profits on oil to subsidize the federal gas tax holiday over the summer to make sure the country’s Highway Trust Fund — used to build and repair roads and bridges — doesn’t suffer.

Major oil companies report first quarter earnings this week and are expected to chalk up bumper profits thanks to record crude prices, with Exxon Mobil forecast to see net income rise around 22 percent to over $11 billion.

“Last year, Exxon Mobile made $40 billion in profits. So you paid through the roof and they made out like bandits. I don’t think those profits were the result of a free and fair market,” she said, blaming energy market manipulation.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Frank Polich (Clinton campaigns in Indiana).

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When you go to a christen church for 20 years, you’re Christian
When you go to a Jewish Temples for 20 years, you’re Jewish
When you go to a KKK meeting for 20 years, you’re a Racist
AND
When you go to a church that preaches hatred of whites for 20 years, you’re a Racist

Obama says he is trying to “change type of stereotyping and false division” [racism], but uses “typical white women” to describe his grandmother. Obama, is a Liar, a racist, and a FAKE.

A VERY GOOD ARTICLE FROM FACTCHECK.ORG ABOUT THE RACIST THEOLOGY OF OBAMA”S CHURCH:
The “theology” that Wright teaches at his church is nothing like Christianity as most people understand it. The brand of theology which Wright has been teaching Obama and the others at his church is called “black liberation theology.” Wright admits this and it is stated on the church’s website. Black theology is based upon the premise of the white oppressor against the black oppressed. This is why, for example, that Wright refers to Jesus as black, and his killers as white. This is the only way the story of Jesus fits within this brand of “theology.” Rev. Wright cites James Cone, another proponent of black liberation theology, as his theological inspiration. Here are just a couple of James Cone’s quotes: (1) “To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people.” (2) “While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism.” (3) “All white men are responsible for white oppression.” (4) “Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man “the devil.” (5) “If there is any contemporary meaning of the Antichrist, the white church seems to be a manifestation of it.” (6) “Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.” *** These statements, and this “theology,” are fundamentally racist and divisive. The fact that Obama has chosen to belong to this racist church for 20 years speaks volumes about his character and judgment, and flies in the face of his pronouncements about his ability and intent to “unite” this country.

Posted by james | Report as abusive

Obama also proposes windfall profits tax on Big Oil but uses if for different middle-class benefits. This is just a shell game.

Posted by hopeful08 | Report as abusive

Obama’s tax on big oil is vague and undefined, and it is clear that he does not intend to actually pass it. Obama’s plan is nothing more than a political ploy, and a dodge of the critical issue that Cliton has identified – that Big Oil has manipulated the market (ie, price-fixing and gouging) to generate record profits.

Another poster here has comments on Wright. While that post might be in the wrong thread, I have to agree that Wright’s comments are as racist as they come. Why is it that a black preacher can talk about “black religion,” but a white, hispanic, green or purple preacher cannot do the same? The game of “race card” is past its prime and holds no longer holds power.

If Obama is truly interested in a new society, he will denounce any attempt to segregate whites from blacks, and therefore denounce Wright. Yet he steadfastly refuses to do so, instead supporting Wright while at the same time attempting to disagree with some – not all – of Wright’s misguided rants.

Another political dodge from the Obama camp, and certainly not the “new politics” that Obama preaches. The emperor has no clothes.

Posted by jk | Report as abusive

Surely enough, let the Big Oil over charging the consumers billions of dollars and our next commander in chief (Hillary Clinton ?) will be ready for the windfall profits tax. Take note please, don’t be too hurry because there will not be enough beef if we collect this windfall tax too soon. How about wait a few more years from to date? It’s all good.

Posted by NoWhereNear | Report as abusive

I think that Obama is out of touch. I’d like a gas tax holiday! Maybe $40 doesn’t matter to him, but it would certainly make my groceries easier to pay for.

Hillary is the way to go if we want some real help.

Posted by SD | Report as abusive

Hillary & Bill Clinton continue to be friends with the Bushes. Big oil? Naaaaaah. They’d rather hang out with those who do business with the bin Ladens, the Saudi Royals, who sold arms to Iran & Iraq, and who make them feel good about themselves.

Dear Mr. Alister,

I am sad to say that your articles look more like propaganda then serious reporting. You always bring Senator Clinton statements and not a word about Senator Obama statements or even responses. You call him ‘her rival’ while she is ‘the Presidential Candidate’.

It would be OK if you formally join Senator Clinton;’s campaign, but otherwise it is pretty misleading and not serious reporting.

Wouldn’t you agree? (I’d be very surprise to receive an answer, please surprise me!)

Gershon Luria
San Lorenzo, CA

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