So let me get this straight, thousands of people who depend their livelihood on the gulf are being told by Republicans that they should apologize to BP for having to bail them out?
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME? Nope! No joke!
In his opening statement during a hearing, in which, BP Chairman Tony Hayward testified before Congress, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, delivered a personal apology to the oil giant. He said the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a “tragedy in the first proportion.”
“I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong and is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown,” Barton said. “So I apologize.”
Other Republicans are echoing his call. Sen. John Cornyn said he “shares” Barton’s concern. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said that BP shouldn’t agree to be “fleeced.” Rush Limbaugh called it a “bailout.” The Republican Study Committee, with its 114 members in the House, called it a “shakedown.”
Earlier this month, Ohio Republican John Boehner appeared to side with the US Chamber of Commerce, who called for taxpayers to help contribute to the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
What you should also know is that many of these Republicans have been given generous contributions on behalf of Oil and Gas PAC’s. Senator Cornyn received nearly $1.5 million dollars during his political career. This, according to OpenSecrets.org.
So now you know the real story. Republicans don’t care about small businesses. They don’t care about getting those who have been affected by the oil spill to get any kind of help what so ever! The only thing Republicans care about is making sure big corporations have no accountability when it comes to wrongdoing.
The sad part is that the people who are affected in the Gulf are the same ones who voted Republican in every election. Now that they need the help, Republicans are turning their backs on them.