Brain Fartin’ Joe Barton and the BPublicans (UPDATE)

Republican Joe Barton, BP's BFF.

As Sarah Palin once said, “Say it ain’t so, Joe”. What’s up with Texas’ Republican Congressman Joe Barton and his unabashed defense of oil industry kingpin BP? The day after President Obama successfully negotiated the creation of a $ 20 Billion escrow fund (paid by BP) to reimburse the losses of those adversely affected by BP’s gulf oil rig spill, Barton disgracefully shunned his own President and his countrymen and sided with the foreign corporate giant. Rather than congratulate the Commander in Chief for safeguarding the economic welfare of the victims of BP’s willful negligence, the Republican had this to say:

I am ashamed of what happened at the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation would be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown – in this case a $20 billion dollar shakedown. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, (they are) subject to some sort of political pressure that … amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.

The White House was quick to react to Barton’s “apology” to BP. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said,

What is shameful is that Joe Barton seems to have more concern for big corporations that caused this disaster than the fishermen, small business owners and communities whose lives have been devastated by the destruction. Congressman Barton may think that a fund to compensate these Americans is a ‘tragedy’, but most Americans know that the real tragedy is what the men and women of the Gulf Coast are going through right now. Members from both parties should repudiate his comments.

Public opinion was obviously on the side of the White House, so even the G.O.P. leadership was forced to side with the President. Barton was “shaken down” by his superiors and presented with an ultimatum, either publicly apologize or lose his position as the senior Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Consequently, despite the fact that Barton’s major campaign contributors all hail from the oil industry, he was forced to provide an apology in a written statement. He wrote:

I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP. As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico. BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident. BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future.

I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident.

What-up with that? Was Barton drunk when he first defended BP? If he truly believes that “BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico. BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident. BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future”, then why did he call it a “shakedown” in the first place and imply that BP should not held accountable? Was Barton lying then or is he lying now?

We would also like to know if and when the Republican leadership will put the smackdown on other G.O.P. members that have characterized the escrow fund in a fashion similar to Barton’s original statement. For instance, while speaking at the Heritage Foundation, Rep. Michele Bachmann called the escrow fund “extortion.” And Rep. Tom Price said in a statement that President Obama has “no legal authority” to force BP to set aside a damage fund.

Let’s just hope the Democrats are able to remind the American people come the November elections, that the G.O.P. cares more for destructive foreign corporations than they do for their own countrymen.

UPDATE

The DNC (God bless their little hearts) has just circulated an ad which attacks “Say it ain’t so” Joe Barton and the BPublicans. Here it is…

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

God Bless The U.S.A. song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-9_fDEsv-Q

PROUD TO BE A REPUBLICAN

(sung to the Lee Greenwood song “God Bless The U.S.A.”)

If tomorrow all my brains were gone
And I was just plant life
With a feeding tube shoved in
Against the wishes of my wife
I’d thank my lucky stars the G.O.P. had their way
And curtailed my family’s freedom
Made them watch me waste away

Boy, I’m proud to be a Republican
Like Huckabee and Romney
And I won’t forget Glenn Beck who cried
Right there on Fox TV
Cuz they’ll gladly stand up next to you
And berate your union pay
I just love those hate filled flames they fan
They hate the U.S.A.

Bachmann hates in Minnesota
Alaska has Sarah P.
Rick Perry down in Texas
They’re in the Tea Party
Not Detroit nor in Boston
Too liberal, black and gay
There’s no soul in any Republican heart
And they love it just that way

Yes, I’m proud to be a Republican
Just like Rush and Hannity
And I love the facts they do deny
Right there on Fox TV
And I’ll gladly stand up next to you
And castigate Tina Fey
Cuz I never doubt those Red State men
No matter what they say

Oh, I’m proud to be a Republican
As I sit here sipping tea
Palin’s “death panels” can’t be denied
They say on Fox TV
Sarah sends a Twitter –  text to you
Six or seven times a day
It’s Republicans that love this land
In our per-ver-ted way!

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Posted on June 18, 2010, in Barack Obama, Michele Bachmann, Republican, Songs and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. “What-up with that? Was Barton drunk when he first defended BP?”

    I’m thinking the oil-company provided hookers gave him drugs, just like the MMS used to get from the oil companies during the Bush Administration. Complimentary, of course.

  2. You don’t lie!

    The good news: An honest Republican-thank God-openly turning his back on the “small” people and brazenly pulling his pants down, in public, on behalf of special interests!

    The bad news: A Republican politician should know better!

  3. Unfortunately Joe Barton is not alone in his characterization of the escrow fund as a shakedown. He does however own the dubious distinction of the first proportion as being stupid enough to actually SAY the words that expose his party for the corporate whores that they are. Check out this website for some other things Joe wants to apologize for

    http://joebartonwouldliketoapologize.com/

  4. Superman: defending Truth, Justice, and the American way

    http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/18/rand-paul-limbaugh-barton/

  5. And here’s what our VP thinks of Joe Barton:

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