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.