Jun 24, 2010 - Issue 381
President Obama, BP, "Shake-downs"
and Runaway "Joes":
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, you find out that you haven’t.
is difficult to process in a time of tragedy how some can politicize the
moment. The Gulf Coast Region of the
Gulf oil spill relief fund was announced the previous day when
For a long time, we’ve known that the Republican Party has been perceived as insensitive to the circumstances of the poor. We’ve seen it with Katrina, and with other policies that required special attention to the populous (including cutting off unemployment extensions this week). Now we can say that the Republican Party is just being unreasonable. I’d go as far as to call them crazy.
So, who should pay for the damage being done by BP’s failure to abide to off-shore drilling standards? The government? Conservatives are caught in a twist on this. The same ones that are crying “less government, less government,” are suddenly the ones crying, “where’s the government? Where is da gov’ment?”
What is also obvious is that the government can be managed, or mismanaged. What has become apparent in Obama’s 18 months is that he’s figured out the government and how it works. The Republicans are not giving him that. They are not going to allow any victories on any occasion where the President can be seen as “solving the problem.” Plainly put, the Republicans (not the Democrats) have a “Joe” problem. A “run-off at the mouth” Joe problem that they thought would complicate Obama’s first term (with Vice President Joe Biden’s “gaffe machine” antics). But coming behind South Carolina Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson antics last year, Joe “Shakedown” Barton has now shown that the Republicans can’t control their “Joes.” They send the “wannabes” in the party out front to make the most callous statements, and then they make ’em apologize for being insensitive and disrespectful.
Barton recently apologized for apologizing to BP, after members of his own party acknowledged the irrationality (and gross insensitivity) associated with their party colleague’s statements. We call this “Mutt and Jeffing” us on the streets. It’s nothing more than the ole “bad cop, good cop” act where one puts it out there in a really raw way, and the other comes back and says it’s really not that way at all. But for the Republicans, it is that way - and would be that way - if they had their way.
We’ve seen it before after 12 years of Reagan/Bush I and eight years of Baby Bush II, we know how raw they can get on the policy tip. Barton’s apology to BP was not sincere, as Republicans are always defenders of capitalist exploitation - regardless of the damage. They believe the “markets” can correct everything. If Barton’s statement wasn’t ridiculous enough, Tea Party Candidate, Bill Randall, a GOP candidate for the 13th District House had the audacity to suggest that the White House wanted the leak and things went wrong, and so it’s the administration’s fault.
It’s the kind of stupid stuff that confirms that the Republicans are crazy…like a fox. A fox will bait you, until it can bite you, and will bite you until it eats you up. They’re nippin’ at Obama heels, hoping to catch him by the ankle and pull him down. And they can count on FOX to spread the strategy of deflecting every sensible solution Obama comes with to problems that federal government must face, seen and unforeseen, attacking the spirit of national unity and government reform.
less than two percent of the world’s oil reserves, the
But then the Republicans are crazy and they know exactly what they’re doing.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad, PhD is a national columnist and author of Saving The Race: Empowerment Through Wisdom. His Website is AnthonySamad.com. Click here to contact Dr. Samad.