Chicago Shakedown

>> Monday, June 21, 2010

Rep. Joe Barton was right. I don't know why he apologized. Well, yes I do. Too much heat from his own party. Michael Medved thought his apology to BP was bad politically. I don't understand how the truth can be bad politically, especially if other people with spine stand up and say, "You tell 'em, Joe!!" As this article points out, Obama's pressure on BP isn't exactly kosher.

I think it wouldn't bother me so much, that of Obama's "kickin' ass" attitude, if he truly gave a rat's patooty. I don't think he does. This is just another crisis he won't let go to waste. Can you say "cap and trade"?

But indeed, if he had announced that he had "requested" that BP create a fund for the purpose of reparations to those affected, there would be no apology from Barton to BP in the first place. But to demand it in any way is beyond his job description. It's a judicial matter, as the linked article points out. Who gets what from whom and how much is a matter of litigation, of the results of a trial between BP and the lawyers representing those who do not think an offered settlement is sufficient. Barry's way out of line to pretend he has the right or authority to demand anything from a private company (and a foreign one to boot).

No doubt, this is major posturing. He's failed to lead in this crisis and this is his way of pretending that he's a strong leader. Well, it's about two months too late for that, Bucky. No one's impressed. Not even your lap dogs at MSNBC.

On a side note, I heard a great call to Mark Levin tonight as I sallied forth to aquire my nightly treat after a hard day of workin' and workin' out. (MMmm, that King Cone went down REAL good.) This guy reminded us of the recent flap in the SCOTUS (I believe) regarding foreign nations contributing to political campaigns through their subsidiaries and such. For sure, we don't want foreigners skewing our political processes. Well, BP contributed about a million to Obama's campaign. I wonder if Barry is going to throw that million back to BP to get that fund going. Any wagers?


Mark June 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

It was a shakedown, no doubt about it. The President of a country demanding (possiby under threat of some sort of sanctions)that a private enterprise pay money to a third party is way over the line.

BP had already promised to compensate all victims of the oil spill. I saw the television PSA a few weeks before Obama made his unconstitutional demand.

What right does Obama have to make these kind of demands? None whatsoever.

Another word for "shakedown" is "Extortion". Obama is guilty of extortion, and that is a felony. When a simple misdemeanor is considered grounds for impeachment, how much more so does Obama deserve to be impeached?

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