To all people of good sense around the entire nation, I send an embarrassed apology from the people of Minnesota!
by Charlie Leck
Here’s what the wicked woman has gone and said now and, for it (not ‘her,’ because the antecedent is “what she said” and I would never pretend to apologize for her because it is not a concept within her working accoutrement or paraphernalia), I apologize.
"But if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there — 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced,' " Bachmann told the Washington Post. "And they shouldn't be. They shouldn't have to be fleeced and made chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest — they've got to be legitimate claims."
President Obama, in ‘conversations’ with BP executives got them to agree to set up and fund an escrow that would be supervised by the same man who supervised a similar fund set up after the 9-11 Trade Towers disaster. It all seemed reasonable to reasonable people. The move closes no claims and liabilities against BP, but does get some money up-front that can be distributed to ‘real people’ who have been acutely and immediately harmed by this horrible fowling of their environment.
Yet, Michelle Bachman, a Congresswoman from Minnesota, called the arrangement a “redistribution-of-wealth fund.”
My apologies are not included to the people of Georgia; for a Congressman from that state, Republican Tom Price, said that the President doesn’t have the legal authority to set up such a fund and that “these actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this administration’s drive for greater power and control.”
Nor, of course, do I apologize to the state of Texas because one of their House members, Joe Barton, apologized to BP for President Obama’s shake-down of them. I’m aware that he later retracted the apology, but I’m not fooled that easily. Rather, I am aware that Congressman Barton receives more in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry than any other member of the House – just a few dollars shy of 1.5 million since 1989 (but, of course, we must temper that fact with our sudden and new knowledge, provided by the Supreme Court, that we are to think of the companies that make up ‘the oil and gas industry’ as just another individual within our society).
And, please understand that this apology is NOT extended to FOX News (FOX News must be an oxymoron if ever there was one); nor is it extended to any of the stupid people who believe that FOX News is really a news organization. FOX News keeps putting on all these blather-heads who keep defending BP and sympathizing with them.
And, I do not apologize to you if you are a Republican Party member because the official apparatus of that Party (that is only ‘old’ now and no longer ‘grand’) has also been defending BP (and that makes me puke).
The tone of this blog may give you the impression that I am angry. Well, have you seen the price of shrimp in your local grocery store lately? And, after BP is finished paying off all these ka-billions of dollars in damages, do you know to where the price of gasoline is going to sky-rocket? And, do you know who is going to turn out, as a result of this disaster, to be rich, rich, richer than ever?
And, finally, do you know who, in all reality, is going to take it right up the old and proverbial kiester as a result of all these events in America’s beautiful gulf coast region? Hint: It ain’t guys who have second homes in Romano, in the Dominican. It ain’t guys who keep yachts docked off of Monaco’s coast. It ain’t guys who fly about the world in their own private jets. That’s it! You’ve got the right idea! I’m looking straight at you, sucker. You may as well, as my doctor so often tells me, “pull down your pants and bend over!”
Oh, and geez, before I forget, contribute to Tarryl Clark’s campaign to put-down the wild and dangerous beast, Michele Bachman.
Now I’ll go puke again.
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