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Brain Dead Taxpayers Subsidize B.P's Recklessness

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Message Jon Faulkner

Republicans, and their Tea Bag brethren, will embrace the Limbaugh and Beck aficionados and enthusiastically cheer Big Oil's relentless effort to destroy one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. It's a very safe bet that after B.P. trashes the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S, they will busily set about their usual reckless, irresponsible behavior while the pathetically stupid American taxpayers are still in hock paying for the previous disaster.

Here are a few, well considered opinions of B.P, and its pet Congress.

"please ... quit whining about big oil unless you're hand writing a letter and delivering it on horseback to your local newspaper to do it."

"I believe that the leaking area should not very large in the water, to enclose the spill unerwater can be more easy."

"Shut down Deepwater? Get real and get a life. America needs Deepwater production to operate. Without it, we'll go back in time and start riding horses instead of driving cars. Lets just go back to caveman days.. Will that make you happy?"

"the atomic bomb detionation sounds plausible but could yield results killing off all the life in the entire gulf. who know what resullts the residue from such an action would be?"

The morons who so enjoy their Mad Hatter Tea Parties think Liberal Democrats are fascists. Steeped (pun intended) in a collective ignorance, Tea Baggers are unable to grasp the very elementary concept that corporate lobbying is the gateway through which fascism marches.

A week after Deepwater Horizon exploded and burned, B.P. released its first quarter profit statement of $6 billion. Last year B.P. raked in $16.6 billion in net profit. $16 million, a handful of loose change relative to B.P's profits, was spent on Congressional bribes - uh, campaign donations. In 2008 B.P. reported a net profit of $21.2 billion. Senate Republicans are threatening to filibuster to keep the Democrats from raising B.P's liability limit from its present $75 million, to $10 billion.

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.

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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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