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What Are the Big Oil Companies Thinking When They Fight Having to Pay Taxes?

Last week, the heads of 5 multibillion-dollar oil behemoths strode into a U.S. Senate hearing room and took wild swings at the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes bill, which then failed.

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Meanwhile, Chevron's CEO says: "I don't think people want shared sacrifice (from oil corporations). I think they want shared prosperity." Hello, Earth to Chevron-Man, you've been grossly prosperous for years — where's the sharing?

If ignorance goes to $100 a barrel, try to get drilling rights on that guy's head.

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, " Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow ." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly " Hightower Lowdown ," co-edited by Phillip Frazer.

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