Saturday, July 15, 2006
"Pulling no punches"
From the Stephenville Empire-Tribune:
His motto is "Fight 'em 'til hell freezes over, then fight 'em on the ice."Standing in front of the Erath County Courthouse, Van Os gave a fiery speech to those in attendance, railing against big oil companies and what he called "insurance monopolists."
Those were the words coming from David Van Os, Democratic candidate for Texas Attorney General, who was in Stephenville Wednesday as part of his Whistlestop tour.
Saying he will speak to "anyone who will listen," Van Os said that if he becomes the next attorney general his first order of business will be to go after the "rich oil companies."
"The oil companies are raking in big money while telling the working-class guy that he has to pay more for his gasoline," he said.
Van Os said that last year ExxonMobil enjoyed a $36 billion net profit, while the price of gasoline reached upwards of $3 per gallon.
"Something is wrong - and the people know it," Van Os told the crowd. "They've got a nagging discomfort in their bones. They know there is a monopoly of power in this country and they don't know what to do about it."
Van Os said the people sitting in political office do nothing to protect working class people from the "fat cats" who are ripping people off, including insurance companies who are also enjoying record-setting profits.
Texans, he said, pay the highest premiums for homeowners insurance than anyone in the country. He accused Greg Abbott, Texas' current attorney general, of not doing enough to foster competition and keep rates down.
"He's just sitting on his hands," he said. "The people who are sitting in political office are there for the purpose of enriching themselves and their cronies. And that bunch in Austin who only represent the rich people are about to get fired."
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