Here’s an good idea. Let’s say that a huge company creates a natural disaster on a scope that is hard to imagine, and that will cost billions of dollars to remedy. Okay, now let’s say that instead of making those responsible for the disaster pay to make things right, the government expects you and I to foot that bill.
That is what’s happening right now in Washington, where Congress is saying “Let’s screw the consumer (yet again). Instead of making BP pay the cost of the Gulf oil spill that they created, let’s protect that huge, faceless company and pass part of the cost on to the American people. That way, they’ll have more money to give to lobbyists to pay off congressmen!”
That’s right folks, Congress is considering quadrupling the tax on a barrel of oil to help pay for cleaning up this, and any future oil spills! They expect you and me to bear the cost of BP’s negligence. Doesn’t that make you mad enough to bite nails?
In an Associated Press story released Monday, it was reported that Congress will vote as early as this week on a proposed bill that would establish an $11 billion fund to clean up oil spills. The report said that lawmakers hope to get the bill passed before the Memorial Day weekend. The House could vote on the bill as early as today.
President Obama and congressional leaders have said they expect BP to foot the bill for the cleanup, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev), said taxpayers would not pay the cost of the cleanup under the proposed bill. Yeah, right, a tax that won’t cost taxpayers any money. If you believe that, I have a bridge I want to sell you!
Christopher Guith, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Institute, acknowledged that the tax could be passed on to consumers, if the oil companies raise gas prices in response to a tax increase. If? Like there’s any chance that they won’t?
Under current federal law, the cap on liability for economic damages big corporations face in cases like this is currently $75 million. Last week Democratic senators tried to pass a bill to raise that cap to $10 billion, but Republican lawmakers blocked their efforts. They have to take care of their buddies, right? Who cares what it costs us poor working slobs?
This is adding insult to injury. A report released this week said investigations show that federal inspectors accepted “lavish” gifts from the oil companies, whose offshore oil rigs they were supposed to be inspecting. Now just how diligent do you think those clowns were in noticing any shortfalls on those oil platforms?
We need to stop goofing around and get the Gulf cleaned up, and BP needs to be held accountable for every penny of the cleanup costs, as well as for the economic disaster they have caused to those who live and work along the Gulf Coast.
And once that’s done, we need to clean house in Washington, from the congressmen who expect us to pay the bills for their big business benefactors’ mistakes, all the way down to the inspectors and bureaucrats whose greed and negligence allowed this to happen.
I think we could grab any 535 everyday working people at random off the street and send them to Washington to replace the idiots in Congress, and we’d all be better off.
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