Lord, almighty, I can't continue! You've misplaced your brain.
1. Your first point certainly doesn't serve you. Profits are WAY up, look in the Wall Street Journal. WTF do "costs of business" have to do with increased profits in this case? Are you going to argue that they have somehow killed off their R&D, marketing, and all other programs, somehow become "leaner and meaner," and generated all this extra profit on the same (actually LESS) volume?! You're on another planet.
2. Exorbitant (learn to spell) is when the CEO of Exxon is compensated 686 million or so over 8 years. And it's getting even better! Save your Adam Smith "people pay what it's worth" crap. This is out of control. You'd like to see us back in the 20's, wouldn't you? Supply and demand worked then, too! Some people just couldn't afford anything.
3. Your argument about homes doesn't make any sense. Using completely unreasonable figures, of course your argument works. No, genius, there are few if any $500 homes. But we do not have a problem with living space supply in this country. We have little control over oil supply because it is manipulated behind the scenes by corporate interests. A man can still build a house.
4. This is the stupidest statement yet. Why wouldn't they charge $50 a gallon? Well, HMMM. . .let's think. What would happen at $50 a gallon? Riots? Probably? Emergency legislation to regulate the prices? Probably. These companies understand you can only steal so much before people get really upset. They're not limited by the economic system, you idiot. They're limited by what they can get away with. People would have to pay unless they stole it.
5. Well, you're not quantifying anything, either, you brilliant theoretician, you. "Fair and honest" is subjective and is assessed via the public view of businesses. Most people agree the oil companies are making too much profit. But then, you would say it's just part of the system. I can't wait until you get jacked by some part of the system and complain. I'll be there to tell you to be self-reliant and to understand it's part of the system.
6. Uh, WTF? To what foundations are you referring? Are the voices in your head inserting non sequiturs again? Most foundation funding doesn't come from Big Oil! The robber barons did lots of good, but look at where a lot of funding comes from now, and it's from entrepreneurs who appear to run more and fair and honest businesses. Take Ronald Burkel, one of the biggest philanthropists in the world. His first business was grocery stores. In the LA riots, his were the only stores not burned down. Why? Because he paid his employees an honest wage and treated his customers right, charging them fair prices--not the highest prices he COULD charge them. He's a billionaire, by the way.
You seem to think the system is wonderful because it is self-regulating, however woefully ineffective it is in certain markets. An unregulated market would have crushed people like you and me entirely by now, which you seem to forget. Markets take a long time to stabilize and regulate themselves, and in the mean time, people suffer disastrous consequences. Caps and controls are often necessary to keep things fair. There are countless (literally) incidents of companies unfairly exploiting and even killing workers, because they could, and because it was profitable. You seem to like these companies. If it weren't for regulation, these companies would be widespread.
The public is not aware enough to be able to fight forces it can't see. We don't get to see what goes on behind the scenes in corporate boardrooms and in closed congressional sessions. All we can do is fight for laws that even things out a bit. A little regulation can go a long way.
But you don't seem interested in making anything other than the most ridiculous arguments with no middle ground. Good luck and good riddance.