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Brain Dead Taxpayers Subsidize B.P's Recklessness

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Republicans, in the dysfunctional U.S. Senate, can't see their way clear to lift the liability cap of $75 million that is currently all B.P. is liable for in lost jobs, and a ruined fishing and tourism industry, plus of course, the cleanup. The National Guard and regular Army troops, all courtesy of the American taxpayes are helping, as any American would, with the cleanup effort.

The point is that taxpayers are already subsidizing B.P's fixed liability of $75 million. Wikipedia describes fascism. "Fascists seek to organize a nation on corporatist perspectives, values, and systems such as the political system and the economy."

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, if he can locate his cajones, needs to schedule a twice weekly vote for raising B.P's liability limit to 10 billion. Let the Republicans, who are facing mid-term elections, explain to Americans why their tax dollars should pay for B.P's recklessness.

The National Guard has mobilized 6,000 troops to help with the cleanup putting taxpayers in the position of subsidizing B.P's costs. The Guard, helping with the spill, is right and proper. But with the Republicans blocking Senate efforts to raise B.P's liability to $10 billion their cries of sympathy for B.P. ring hollow.

To understand how utterly brainless Right Wing Tea Baggers are, one must realize they applauded happily when Dubya snuck into the White House. Then Attorney General John Ashcroft said, "I feel the best way to ensure Americans' freedom is to tighten restrictions on that freedom in any way possible. Only through wiretaps, illegal searches and seizures, unfettered government intrusion, a controlled media and a complete crackdown on free speech can we ensure the liberties of all people."

Obama, like Bush Junior, is only another corporate puppet. The media reports that he favors raising B.P's liability to $10 billion, but as is usual with Obama, he's unwilling to confront Senate Republicans by using his office to threaten Republican mid-term election chances.

Right Wing Troglodytes are not smart enough to be in positions of power. Their corporate masters will remain perfectly willing to sacrifice enormous quantities of marine life, and the livelihoods of tens of thousands who depend on that life, in the interests of profit. There is something that is essentially wrong with such people. If human survival is equated with intelligence, and the ability to think objectively, then corporate heads and elected representatives are mentally deficient.

Bush Junior amply demonstrated this. Clinton left Junior a surplus which he turned into a $12 trillion dollar deficit. The Republicans are working night and day to lay the nation's enormous debt at Obama's feet, just as they howl endlessly about Obama"s Katrina, more popularly known as B.P's oil spill.

Is there no limit to the Republican Parties, and its supporters capacity for rank stupidity? B.P, the Congress and the President, are all well aware of the length of a typical American's attention span. The U.S, given a little more time, will begin resembling Nigeria where Big Oil works with state goon squads to quash dissent. Nigeria's Niger Delta region represents an open insult to human health, and a once thriving fishing industry. Over 2,000 sites have been drenched in oil that multi-national oil companies simply ignore. No one has ever bothered computing the impact on people's livelihoods, but it"s not hard to figure that in an already poor nation, lost income has dramatically increased poverty.

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Jon Faulkner is a licensed Master Mariner. He has long considered the conservative republican mindset a form of mental illness. He lives in northern Maine.
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