An Administration Shakedown?
Just when I think the GOP members can sink no further, Rep. Joe Barton, (R-TX), proves me wrong. He decided to apologize to British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward- on Capitol Hill today to explain BP’s role in this crisis- with this shameful statement: “I apologize,” Barton told Hayward. “I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is — again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.“
Seriously Rep. Barton? He further seals his political fate with the following idiocy: “I think it’s a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown — in this case a $20 billion shakedown — with the attorney general of the United States, who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the American people, participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that’s unprecedented in our nation’s history, which has no legal standing, which I think sets a terrible precedent for our nation’s future.”
Unbelievable. President Obama has proven once again that we elected the right man for the job. I, too, grew frustrated by his lack of emotion, but he has done more than posture, and pose, and spit venom at BP, then shake their hands in a dark room as GOP Representatives such as Michele Bachman and Barton have continued to do.
He has put his money where his mouth is. He has forced this mammoth corporation to pay for their mistake by the only measurable means available…money. Would the GOP rather the tax payers foot the bill again? Because that’s what would have had to happen. Is it then acceptable for citizens to bail out BP, but not to improve an ailing healthcare system? 20 billion will not break BP’s bank, but it does ward off the inevitable boycotts, and it also provides positive PR. Do not think for even a second that this corporation did not carefully decide on a number that would seem exorbitant to the average citizen, yet not send them into bankruptcy. This was a carefully crafted business deal, and it took our “calm and collected” President to negotiate it successfully. Rep Barton’s apology reeks of entitlement and ignorance, and shows how woefully out of touch he is with the citizens of this country.
I have one question for the GOP: Where is the outrage for the citizens of the Gulf? I have heard more anger on behalf of BP than for any bird covered in crude oil, more “passionate” cries of wrongdoing directed at this administration than any emotional response to the plight of the fishermen and small business owners who have lost their livelihoods.
There are members of the Republican Party who in a pathetic attempt to show themselves “business friendly”, have forgotten to show themselves “citizen friendly.”
There are some people in the Republican Party who would oppose Obama if he said the sky were blue, and not only proclaim that it was purple, but that Obama was a socialist for saying otherwise. By siding with BP on this issue, and basically stating that no punishment or repercussions are necessary, they are the ones guilty of lack of emotion and insight. Being pro-business should not make one anti-common sense.
It is time to put childishness aside. This President has accomplished a great feat. He has held BP accountable for their actions, and we should all be applauding him. To suggest that BP should not be required to assist in the Gulf financially is absolute foolishness, and Rep. Barton should issue an apology immediately to the American people for his glaring lack of empathy and understanding.