BP Oil Spill: You Pay for It

It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game,” said Tom Donohue, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up. We are all going to have to do it. We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies and we will figure out a way to do that.” – Tom Donohue

First thing Tom you obviously don’t know history, because if the first line of your statement was true, then there would have never been the need for Dred Scott to petition the U.S. Supreme Court, Emancipation Proclamation, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, Civil Rights Act, Voters Rights Act, American’s with Disabilities Act and so many other legislation, court decisions that are now law. This country is all about changing the rules during the play.

Second, are you serious? You are actually suggesting that the government, meaning you (the taxpayers) pay for the BP Oil disaster.

Don’t your organization typically side with Republicans when the government in this regard? I thought you were against what you’re now suggesting the government & taxpayers do. So, why the change of heart?  It almost sounds like your trying to protect someone or something.

What surprised me was to hear the House Minority Leader, Republican, John Boehner actually co-sign what Tom Donohue is suggesting of requiring taxpayers to pay for the BP Oil disaster.

John Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning…

I think the people responsible in the oil spill–BP and the federal government–should take full responsibility for what’s happening there.

Um… unless he’s referring to the de-regulators, for which most are found in his own party, why does the federal government have to pay for the BP Oil Disaster?

I’m just waiting to see what everyone will have to say about that.

There’s so much I can and have said about Republicans, but if anyone have noticed I’ve stopped. Primarily, because I can get through to a mule faster than trying to help you see the contradictions and understand the history and consequences of your actions. But you’re not totally alone, because some Democrats are just as bad as you, so it goes both ways.

If Rep. John Boehner was simply making a general statement, in his reference about the role of the government had to play in this disaster, then it still doesn’t make sense politically because the finger points back to members within his own party for the most part. Does the name Dick Cheney or George W. Bush come to mind when you think about De-regulations, Big Oil and Government?

So how politically wise is it to be co-signing on such an absurd declaration by the president of the US Chamber of Commerce?

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5 thoughts on “BP Oil Spill: You Pay for It

  1. I agree with you on this sentiment. BP has already said repeatedly that it is their responsibility to take care of the damages and have repeatedly reassured us that they will. Here is one time that I disagree with a fellow republican.

    John Wilder

  2. Here’s the video for whomever wants to see it.


    UNSURPRISING UPDATE:
    John Boehner makes attempt to back track on his statement.
    Although I’m not too surprised over this, I guess that’s politics as usual. Boehner-style. Say something insane, that contradicts your earlier positions to see how it goes then back track.
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/boehner-spox-walks-back-bp-spill-comments.php

    It wouldn’t be politics if Democrats didn’t seize the opportunity to score a point by wacking Republicans over the head with their own words. I don’t blame them on this one, because it’s insane to even suggest taxpayers pay for an oil spill. Sounds like something an oil guy who use to call the Naval Conservatory home would say.
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/pelosi-whacks-boehner-over-oil-spill-damages-controversy.php?ref=dcblt

  3. I think your logic is sound on changing the rules to make the offending party share a burden proportional to the damage they caused. But I almost do want to see a “cleanup tax” or “hazard tax” imposed on the public, just like I want to see a tax to fund the trillions of dollars we’re spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. If Americans directly experienced the true cost of our activities and habits in the world, we might expect politicians to act a little more urgently in setting a clean energy policy and completing our mission in the Middle East. And besides, if we as a country truly thought that these activities were vital to our nation’s wellbeing, we shouldn’t mind paying the tax.

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