Yesterday on Fox News, Neil Cavuto slammed Sen. Chuck Schumer for advocating an investigation into oil company price gouging. Cavuto accused Schumer of “playing games” and “motor[ing] past the facts.” Watch it:
Surprisingly, Cavuto didn’t have any criticism for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) or President Bush. Frist and Hastert announced last week that they would ask for Bush to open an investigation into price gouging. Bush has done so and will publicly announced the investigations this morning.
After all, Schumer just requested an investigation. Bush actually ordered one. We’ll be waiting for Cavuto’s denuciation of Bush this afternoon.
CAVUTO: Well, I see that Chuck Schumer wants to investigate the oil companies for price gouging. Why doesn’t he ask his fellow politicians to do the same – about tax gouging? After all, oil companies’ profit works out to about nine cents a gallon. Taxes more like fifty cents a gallon. But you don’t hear him whining about the taxes. After all, that’s an easy source of revenue for a monotonous list of social programs whose failures are legendary. Better to keep funding them through taxes that are killing us than demanding accountability due all of us.
Look, if you want to bring gas prices down, Senator, start offering solutions and stop playing games. Start opening areas for more oil exploration here, so we don’t rely on oil from over there. Start ending the environmental catchpenny of blended fuel mandates that’s done squat to clean our air, but done tons to sully our wallets. Start removing the restrictions that prevent companies like Wal-Mart from selling more gasoline here, and start demanding the same accountability of our tax dollars that you do oil giants’ dollars. You do motorists no good, Senator, when you motor past the facts, and only stop for an open microphone. No one is a saint in this process Senator – least of all, you.