I've often received nasty comments from people critical of my posts on oil companies. As I mentioned in my post on random thoughts, people will scream about the profits of big companies but don't say much about the wealth of the Kennedy's, movie stars or athletes. Today I read a great article called No Such Thing as Obscene Profits.
As far as I am concerned profits are what motivates me to work long hours after my regular job. Will my profits be big? I sure hope so, but I have taken lots of personal and financial risk to achieve any profits and I risk all of that if I lose money. Big companies do the same thing. It can cost a billion dollars to build an oil refinery. Drilling for oil is not a sure thing. There is lots of risk involved, so companies deserve to be rewarded when they take a chance and win.
Big loses also happen to companies. There was an article in the WSJ today that talked about all the layoffs and salary cuts that employees have had to take due to excessive losses by the industry. Daimler had to pay to have someone take over Chrysler this week. In a capitalist society there is no guarantee that you will make a profit. Those who scream about obscene profits are, in my opinion, either naive Marxists or too damn lazy to work. Jealousy is one of the seven deadly sins and the critics have it in spades.