Discussion in 'Politics' started by hjmick, Jun 17, 2010.
That is all...
Let's at least hear him in his own words:
Congressman Joe Barton's Comments a 5-minute segment - BP and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Opening Statements - From C-SPAN Video Library
You may be astounded by how many corporatist wingnut fringers will support him.
Political pressure from the White House amounted to a shakedown. They didn't follow due process. Is that what the problem is?
While I don't necessarily disagree with this assessment, Barton did not do himself any favors by voicing this opinion, and certainly did none by referring to it as a "slush fund."
In the argument against it being a shakedown, I would point out that BP did agree to the fund and I am not completely convinced that they couldn't have said "No" had they really wanted to.
I'm somewhere in the middle on this one. It's somewhat unseemly, but I'm having trouble getting upset over it.
A $20 billion slush fund shakedown with no legal standing and without precedent.
Bravo for him.
FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Top Corporate Donor to Barton Is Partner of BP on Deepwater Horizon
I listened to it again. I didn't hear 'slush fund' the first time. Yeah, that was stupid.
Someone who received over $1 million from Big Oil apologizing to his corporate masters? Not surprised.
Your GOP is no longer supporting your opinion. Even Michele Bachmann backed off he praise of BP after GOP leadership stood Barton in the corner.
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