Texas Republican Representative Joe Barton enraged a lot of people yesterday when he apologized to BP for the $20 billion relief fund President Obama demanded the company establish to compensate victims of the Gulf oil spill, calling it a “shakedown.”
“I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is — again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown, so I apologize,” Barton told BP’s CEO during hearings before Congress about the oil spill.
What an idiot! It should come as no surprise that Barton has received more campaign money from big oil corporations than any member of the House of Representatives for the last ten years. Barton has received at least $1.4 million from the oil industry since he took office. He may not know much about oil on beaches, but this self-serving SOB definitely knows which side his bread is buttered on!
Of course, in typical political tradition, when even his own party turned against him after his comments, and threatened to take away his prized post as chairman-in-waiting of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Barton issued an immediate retraction, saying “I want the record to be absolutely clear that I think BP is responsible for this accident. If anything I said this morning has been misconstrued, in opposite effect, I want to apologize for that misconstruction.” Then he issued a written statement that added, “I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House this morning, and I retract my apology to BP.”
And people actually have reelected this snake to office since 1985? No wonder our country is so screwed up, with people like this making the decisions that affect us all! Can anyone actually believe people like this have anything but their own interests at heart?
As upset as so many people are with Barton for his comments, I’d think the oil industry is really pissed off about his retraction. After all, they paid good money for him, and deserve a return on their investment!
Barton has also received almost $2.2 million from the healthcare industry, most of that coming from political action committees, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that he voted against the Affordable Healthcare Act either.
Now, don’t go thinking that Barton is all selfish. After all, he paid his wife Terri $57,759 in salary and bonuses, from his campaign funds during the 2006 election, according to campaign funds , for her assistance in planning fundraising and special events. Barton does believe in spreading the wealth. He paid his daughter Kristin $12,622 in salary and bonuses, and his mother $7,000.
The Clinton years convinced me that I don’t have the sex drive for the job, but I hope that if I ever do get so sleazy that I decide to run for public office, my loved ones would support me just because they believe I am the best man for the job. Then again, who knows Representative Barton better than his own family?
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