Friday, April 30, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Will Be Nearly Impossible (Commentary) *Who pays? You do!*


The BP Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil platform pictured above

The CNBC headline says it all, this is what the USA has come to. Republican President George W. Bush and the Republican Congress, from 2000 through 2006, did their best to weaken and preferably eliminate environmental laws, regulations, and protections. I know this because I was there, on the front lines, defending the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Parks themselves. Richard Pombo, the Republican former Congressman from California and the U.S. Senators from Oklahoma James M. Inhofe and Thomas A. Coburn were madmen running amok attempting to remove any protections for the USA natural heritage, habitat, and history. All in the Name of their God, Capitalism, "Free Markets", & Money.

Republican George W. Bush is from Big Oil, as is his family. They protected the fabulously rich oil companies and the money flowed into the Bush Family. U.S. Senators James M. Inhofe & Thomas A. Coburn are from the Oil State of Oklahoma and are heavily supported by Big Oil. Richard Pombo was a California rancher who represented western USA agricultural interests who vehemently opposed any government environmental regulation of their land but sure don't mind receiving agricultural welfare, subsidies. Michele Bachmann is another Republican, "free market", right wing, conservative, fundamentalist aka Welfare Queen who likes her agricultural welfare to the tune of $250,000.

All the free market, free enterprise, right wing, Republican, conservative, fundamentalists so opposed to regulation of Wall Street and Big Oil. These so-called God Fearing Republicans who want the rest of us to live by the free market system while they receive big donations from Wall Street Banksters, Big Oil, Agricultural subsidies, government perks, paid trips overseas, etc., etc., etc.

"Free Markets" in the worldview of these users and abusers of the public trust and treasury means it is "Free" for them - tax breaks, big donor contributions, government subsidies, Presidential & Congressional healthcare of the highest order, paid trips, paid expenses, paid everything by you, the American Taxpayer. You are to muddle along, being taxed and taxed and taxed, paying and paying and paying, all in the name of God, USA, Free Enterprise, Capitalism, and the Republican Party. You pay, They play. Funny the more politicians and clergy mention God, the more you pay and the better they live.

First, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the Republican Party deregulated Wall Street: the investment banks, the investment brokerages, the money center banks. The financial system thereupon collapsed and brought the entire USA economy to the brink of a Great Depression. This was after this same group of corrupt criminals had ran up a $5 trillion debt for me, you, our descendants.

Second, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the Republican Party deregulated oil drilling, mining, and other natural resource extraction industries. The Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department, US Fish & Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, etc. were stripped of budgets, their regulations rendered weak and preferably eliminated. The Bush Administration and Republican Congress appointed oil, gas, mining interests to important positions to watch over themselves. Instead, they helped themselves against the public interest, of which they had no interest. Profits trumped heritage, habitat, and history. To heck with you, me, our descendants.  Drill, baby, drill and let the oil spills begin while the profits pile up.

If you don't contribute to the right wing, fundamentalist, conservative Republicans such as Inhofe and Coburn you get the Free Market treatment in the Name of God. Free for them, Pay for you.

So as the rest of us clean up and pay for the Wall Street Bankster ripoff and now the Big Oil spill in the Gulf, the Republicans and George W. Bush will have the last laugh on their way to the bank. You are not their concern, money is.

Fox News, Fear & Unbalanced, through their mouthpieces will continue manipulating USA citizens in the interest of their greedy version of Free Markets via Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, William Kristol, Neil Cavuto, Mike Huckabee, Gregg Jarrett, Bill O'Reilly, Michele Bachmann, Trace Gallagher.  These people will attempt to sell you a worldview that is all about them, about Free Markets (Free for them, Pay for you).  Remember: Drill, Baby, Drill!  You want to see the results of the Fox News worldview?  I refer you to the BP Transocean Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill - Experts: Spill Cleanup is Nearly Impossible - CNBC: "Oil Spill Cleanup Will Be Nearly Impossible: Experts"

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