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Exxon Mobil upbraids Vermont’s socialist senator for his tall tales

Home - by - January 7, 2013 - 16:15 America/New_York - 8 Comments

American Thinker

Exxon Mobil’s public affairs department no doubt knows all about the dangers of the Big Lie — a communications strategy perfected by Herr Goebbels, practiced by community organizer Alinsky & Friends, and now embraced by the powers that be in Washington.

Repeat an outrageous lie often enough, and the public will take it as the truth.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist and advocate of wind power, has recently been playing the Big Lie game with Exxon Mobil — claiming it paid no federal income taxes in 2009. On Saturday, the energy giant fought back with a letter-to-the-editor in the Wall Street Journal – “Inaccurate Statements about Exxon Mobil” – signed by Kenneth P. Cohen, Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for the Irving, Texas-based company. He wrote:


In his Jan. 2 letter defending taxpayer subsidization of wind power, Sen. Bernie Sanders repeats his inaccurate claim that Exxon Mobil, one of the largest taxpayers in the United States, paid no federal income taxes in 2009.

That is not true, as we and others, including the PolitiFact truth-checking website, have told Sen. Sanders repeatedly.

He also incorrectly repeats the claim that billions in subsidies are going to the fossil fuel industry, when he’s really talking about tax provisions available to all industries to support job creation and economic activity.

The fact is that Exxon Mobil is one of the largest taxpayers in the country. Over the past five years, our total U.S. tax expense was $57 billion, about $18 billion more than the company earned in the country during the same period.



  1. grayscape

    January 7th, 2013

    Windpower? Why do progressives like Sanders hate birds so much?

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  2. Maudie N Mandeville

    January 7th, 2013

    Is Bernie lying or does he not have the mental capacity to understand facts and figures? He seems of very shallow substance.

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  3. Tim

    January 7th, 2013

    Socialists cannot fathom truth or facts … if they could understand facts, then their socialist worldview would dissolve in an instant.

    Not believing in God, that would leave them lonely and alone in a vast swirling indifferent cosmos.

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  4. Hedgehog

    January 7th, 2013

    Sanders is a Communist. That’s all anyone needs to know about him. Once you undeerstand what that means, the fact that he is a liar comes as no suprprise. Beside bieng a Communist, he is also a carpetbagger who is not even from Vermont. What the hell enver happened to beautiful Vermont. I guess it has been overrun by Communists from New York. So sad. Come on Woodchucks! Kick his bastard out!

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  5. Hawaiian

    January 7th, 2013

    Q: How many Socialists does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: None, they all think it still works.

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  6. SgtZim

    January 7th, 2013

    C’mon Exxon, get your lawyers busy with that libel suit.

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  7. eternal cracker p

    January 7th, 2013

    total U.S. tax expense was $57 billion, about $18 billion more than the company earned

    Exxon should leave the U.S. completely. It’s impossible to run a business if it is taxed more than it makes.

    But then again, U.S. deficit is about 100% of GDP and we’re all still here. Son of a bitch is the government big, overly big, just too goddamn big.

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  8. Stephen Kirk

    January 15th, 2013

    Hey Bernie — “Worship God; not gov”

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