Disjointed thoughts on the oil spill.
Every time BP representatives open their mounts about the oil spill, they do as much polluting with bulls$@& as their oil is polluting the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It seems that BP pretty much equals BS.
I couldn’t believe it, but my wife sat right beside me and heard the same news report the other day, in which a Coast Guard official said that under BP’s orders, release of news of the spill was being controlled and withheld, and that under BP’s orders, reporters and scientists were being turned away from beaches and marshes where the oil has washed ashore. Since when does a foreign (British) company give a branch of the United States Armed Forces orders? As I recall my high school American history, wasn’t it American armed forces that kicked the British out of this country back in 1783, and again in 1814?
Would somebody please find BP chief executive Tony Hayward, and give him a swift kick in the ass? A couple of days ago, this arrogant airhead told residents of the Gulf Coast “I would like my life back.” No kidding, Tony? I bet those folks would like their lives back! Those struggling fishermen, motel operators, small business owners, and laborers who are not making millions of dollars in profits. Those people who are seeing their way of life, their homeland, and their future covered in sludge. Yeah, I think maybe they want their lives back too.
Where is the Tea Party and all of those folks who are so quick to criticize everything else, when the Gulf Coast is being decimated by this nightmare oil spill? Cleaning up this mess could very well cost taxpayers much more than free healthcare or all of the corporate bailouts combined!
Where are all of those Hollywood celebrities who were so quick to get their faces in front of a camera, coming to the rescue of people in Haiti after the earthquake? I guess charity does not begin at home!
People are quick to blame President Obama for not magically forcing the oil to stop flowing, but what about the politicians responsible for strangling protective regulations for the oil industry in general, in the last ten years or so?
Why does the Halliburton Company’s name keep coming up in all of this? The news says BP is buying a chemical dispersant from Halliburton to help clean up the oil. As much as we all hate BP right now, it was actually Halliburton that was originally responsible for securing the plug in the oil well that is now destroying the Gulf. Experts say that improper cementing of the plug may have caused the original blowout. And now Halliburton is making money selling the chemical to clean up the mess they helped make? Maybe we should start a federal program to pay graffiti artists for cleaning up the messes they make too.
Let’s see, Halliburton…. Wasn’t it Halliburton that was accused of grossly overcharging the United States government (taxyayers) for its services in the Mideast? Wasn’t it a Halliburton subsidy that opened an office in Tehran in 2001 (while Dick Cheney was the company’s CEO), that was accused of violating the Trading With The Enemy Act? The company’s response was “This is a foreign subsidiary and no US person is involved in this. No US person is facilitating any transaction. We are not performing directly in that country. This is not breaking any laws.” Isn’t that kind of like you can’t be just a little bit pregnant? But nothing ever came of the accusation, or from any of Halliburton’s other misdeeds. During the 2000 presidential election, Dick Cheney retired from Halliburton with a severance package worth $36 million. Then he received at least $398,548 more from Halliburton, in deferred compensation while Vice President. And Halliburton keeps on keeping on. Isn’t that odd?
The other day President Obama said that for too long, there has been a “cozy” relationship between oil companies and federal agencies. Let’s see, didn’t BP give Obama $77,000 during his run for the White House? That’s a damned “cozy” figure if you ask me! Not that Obama has been the only recipient of the company’s largess. The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan campaign research organization, shows BP has given $6.2 million to nearly 1,000 candidates for federal office over the past 20 years. Man, I need some of that “coziness” myself!
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