Thursday, June 16, 2010
Texas Rep. Joe Barton embarrassed himself, President Obama, the families of the eleven workers who died on Deepwater Horizon, and the rest of the nation when he apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward during a U.S. House Energy panel on Thursday.
The Republican congressman called the $20 billion dollar liability trust fund a “shakedown.”
Rep. Barton said:
“I’m speaking totally for myself and I’m not speaking for the Republican Party and I’m not speaking for anybody in the House of Representatives but myself, but I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it’s a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case, a $20 billion shakedown with the Attorney General of the United States who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the interests of the American people participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that’s unprecedented in our nation’s history that’s got no legal standing and what I think sets a terrible precedent for the future.”
Why won’t Texas just get on with it and secede, as they keep threatening? They certainly won’t be missed by most Americans.