Thursday, June 17, 2010

GOP Representative apologizes to BP CEO

GOP Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologizes to Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, for the Obama administration's acting to compel BP to pay for the damage it is causing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite Barton's disclaimer, his behavior is typical of the GOP's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The GOP is working overtime to shield BP from actually having to pay for the damage it has caused.

Last week, Republican House minority leader John Boehner floated a proposal by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to use taxpayer funds to pay for the spill. The uproar was tremendous and Boehner had to pull back his comments and completely repudiate them.

This debate is really quite simple: the Republican Party is on the side of oil companies and the Democratic Party is on the side of everyone else. If you think that BP should get some kind of government bailout--or bailout by another name--then vote Republican. If you think that BP should be compelled to pay for the damage it is creating in the Gulf of Mexico, pay as they go, then vote Democratic.


Cargosquid said...

So, by that token, the President is going to pay all of those oil workers HE'S going to put out of business with his idiotic moratorium, right?

The Democrats seem to be impatient with the process. We already have laws in place to handle this. There is no need for the President to illegally shake down a private company and hand over $20 billion over to one of his cronies.

J.C. Wilmore said...

Why should the president pay oil workers the oil industry put out of work? Your question makes no sense.

Look, it's as simple as this: the oil industry has been lying on its drilling license applications. They've been saying they could stop a leak in deep water with no problem. They were lying. They don't know how. So were shouldn't let them continue drilling for now.

Let the oil companies develop their emergency technologies to where they can do what they promised--plug any leak that occurs--and then maybe we can talk about drilling again.

But if they can't promise to do it safely--and right no you know they can't because they've admitted as much--then no, we can't let them drill where they might cause more damage.

The President did not "shake down" anybody. The President suggested and BP agreed because this is extremely good for BP's badly damaged reputation right now. But it's typical that Republicans would stand up for a big corporation against ordinary Americans.