We do not just desire windfall and excess profits, we positively lust after their existence: for the shortages that cause them get solved by their appearance. The cure for excess profits is excess profits. Those windfall numbers are exactly what generates the change in production that increases supply, the very thing that brings profits, and prices, back down again.
As a think tank number cruncher myself I’m willing to slide over the manipulations about inflation and so on – it’s very difficult indeed to consistently produce outrage if you have to be wholly and perfectly truthful all the time. But getting the actual driving forces of the most successful socioeconomic system ever, this free market capitalism, wrong is more than just smoothing the edges or being a bit careless, isn’t it?