Heh. What the oil companies would tell congress if they had a pair (and a death wish).
The lesson of the congressional hearings about Big Oil’s “windfall profits”, so far as I can tell, is this: if you’re going to make a lot of money, do it on the sly and without drawing attention to yourself. In the words of Senator Daniel Inouye:
In the midst of pain, in the midst of suffering, the public sees headlines about record profits. It’s not about fairness, it’s not about reality, it’s about the perception of gain while others suffer hardship. So keep your shameful profits to yourself, and you’ll be left alone.
How this message benefits the American people is something I haven’t quite figured out.