Thursday, June 17, 2010

Republican Joe Barton Apologizes To Big Oil For "Guvment Shakedown"

H/T AMERICAblog. Your congress in action - Republican leaders:

I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of 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.

This from Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX). He's more concerned about the profits of the oil company that just caused the worst man-made disaster in this country, eveah.

This is what oil money has done to our government. Corrupted it so that not even a sitting congressman is afraid to voice his sentiments that go deeply toward the "unfairness" of our government to "force" the giant oil company to put up money in an escrow account to be sure there are funds to pay for the clean-up and reimburse those AMERICANS who lost money, and will continue to lose money, thanks to BP, et al. Comparing it to a "shakedown," of all things.

You know, last time I looked, Texas has some land that hits the Gulf Coast. Just saying. You Texans with property and business on the Gulf better be praying hard that this oil doesn't end up on your shores. Because, we all know your congresscritter ain't gonna stand up for your rights.


Arno said...

This latest verbal flatulence by Mr. Barton is a prime example of what got us here. The asshole just doesn't care, to the point of saying (and believing!) this kinda thing. Rio Stupido runs deep in Red-World.

Mealy-mouthed half-assed nothingburgers like Obama gave us the other night just makes the situation worse, and encourages these people.

Don't know if you watch Rachel Maddow, but if you did last night you would have seen what a real president would have said.

Pass me a glass of vinegar, please, I've drank too much oil...

Carrie said...

I like that last line of yours. Makes for a great "signature." And, yes, I do watch the Maddow show as often as I can.

Right now, I'm getting ready for game seven, got my rum/coke/limes all ready to go. Then I have to get up early to watch USA play Slovenia at 7 a.m. PST. Not as bad as my Korean friends that had to get up at 4:30 a.m.! And they lost, so all was not well in Koreatown today.

Bob said...

I note Barton's district stretches from the burbs of Dallas to Houston.