John Boehner and Republicans want YOU to pick up BP's Tab

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    So, who's willing to hand over their paycheck to John and his GOP pals to pay for BP's mess? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
     
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    Uh...did you even bother to read this? He clearly said "BP and the Federal government".

    Considering that the Feds have collected an 8 cent per barrel tax to cover the costs of oil spill disasters (for a cumulative amount to date of $1.5B) - why shouldn't the Feds spend some of the money collected to cover the costs of oil spills on an actual oil spill?

    We have Already Picked Up The Tab - which the Feds are bogarting.
     
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    Why should the Federal Government pay a dime?
     
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    Because they have taxed oil for years to create a pool of money to deal with disasters.
     
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    Yes, he said both parties except we have no responsibility for this mess. BP promised to pay the full amount, as they should. If corporations want to be counted as people, they should have the same responsibility as I would have if I caused a oil spill. The Federal Government wouldn't help me pick up the tab.
     
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    So we should have half the bill? As much as the federal government has taxed oil for years according to you, that doesn't mean we have half the money waiting in storage.

    For someone who complains about giving $400 billion to the Palis, you certainly have no problem giving what is essentially a bailout to BP.
     
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    Perhaps by 'federal government paying' they meant all those who were complicit in the culture of corruption at MMS. Works for me.
     
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    I wish it were so, but it isn't. The U.S Chamber of Commerce are pretty tight. Donohue is suggesting that we the public pick up half the tab. Now, just consider how much it's going to cost at this moment to repair everything. Never mind when they finally actually stop the oil.
     
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    I've already posted this in other threads, but here we go again:

    Job one right now is containing the spill and preventing more damage Arguing over who is paying for what is pointless at best, and self-destructive at worst.

    If a proper investigation once the mess is contained and cleaned up yields reliable evidence that the entire disaster is BP's fault, then the government can use legal remedies to collect.

    BP actually owns only 65% of the oil well, btw. Where is the hysteria to hold the other 35% owners accountable?

    The pretext of the tax was to fund quick and effective action in event of an oil spill. I personally find it fraudulent for the government to collect a tax to deal with oil spill disasters and then refuse to expend the funds to prevent as much damage as possible.
     
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    There is nothing wrong with our politicians forcing taxpayers to bail-out their favorite corporations. That's the American way. :thup:
     
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