GOP is far too cozy with big business

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President Obama gets a $20 billion commitment from BP for the people of the Gulf coast damaged by the oil spill, and Republican Joe Barton apologizes to BP and calls it a shakedown.

Although Barton recanted because it was politically correct, it doesn't belie his real opinion. And it's not just Barton -- many Republican Congress members think a $75 million cap should be put into place to protect big industries from these types of disasters.

It proves again that the Republican Party will place the best interests of big business and big industry above the best interests of the American people.

And no, I am not a Democrat. But I am still an American.

James Connell

Augusta

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gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 06/21/10 - 11:31 pm
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Politicians of both parties

Politicians of both parties are money harvesting foremost and doing their government jobs second. And you can believe a politician will guard the interest of his lush donors. The oil companies are the lush donors around the Gulf and the politicians pander to get oil company money. Most of the politicians around the Gulf are Republicans and oil company favoritism is religion in the GOP. Joe Barton a Texas Republican represents a conservative district and his seat is safe. Yet he's took 1.4 million dollars from oil and gas interest over his career. And the GOP, in its great wisdom, put him on the US House Committee that regulates oil and gas. Old Joe is there to protect America.

Republicans are now struggling with how to show appropriate outrage at Big Oil while sticking to their long-standing pro-drilling, pro-oil-company policies.

On the other hand, Democrats have been more concerned with the victims of the oil spill instead of the company that cause the spill. Fifty-four Democratic Senators wanted BP to put an initial $20 billion payment into an independently-managed account to cover compensation for victims and for clean up. BP will make quarterly payments into the fund for the next three and a half years The fund will be managed by an independent third-party, Kenneth Feinberg, the government’s pay czar and the lawyer who oversaw the compensation fund for victims of the 911 attacks.

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CarlosC 06/22/10 - 05:32 am
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I believe the $75 million cap

I believe the $75 million cap is already in place. Some are trying to change it, it's misleading to say that some are trying to create it.

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rmwhitley 06/22/10 - 06:05 am
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Pundits "spin" stories to fit
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Pundits "spin" stories to fit their agenda. Democrat or Republican, politicians have proven that their career in Washington is more important than the "small" or "unwashed" constituents they were HIRED to represent.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 06/22/10 - 06:39 am
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James, sorry I do not believe

James, sorry I do not believe you are not a Democrat. If you believe Dems do not get millions in campaign donations from business you need to start reading.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/22/10 - 07:16 am
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Democrats are big business'

Democrats are big business' girlfriend. Republicans are their concubine.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 06/22/10 - 07:35 am
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Destroy the evil big

Destroy the evil big business, they're trying to destroy you.

this message brought to you by the worshipers of the obamassiah.

mmm-mmm-mmm

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 06/22/10 - 07:59 am
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Both Democrats and

Both Democrats and Republicans take money from big business. The difference is that the Democrats are willing to take on big business and regulate it; the Republicans are not. Just call them GOBP!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/22/10 - 08:09 am
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One congressman, who happened

One congressman, who happened to be a republican, and was immediately condemned by all of the rest of the republicans and forced to retract. Yeh James, I think you ARE a democrat. Besides, I would rather have one republican congressman apologize to BP for what may have in fact been a shakedown under threat of prosecution than a president who has made an entire international "apology tour" for no reason other than he hates America.

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chascush 06/22/10 - 08:10 am
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George Soros, the big $ guy

George Soros, the big $ guy behind Obama during the election, invested about $1 billion in Petrobras a Brazilian oil company. A few months later the Obama administration agreed to loan Petrobras $2 billion. I sure old George didn’t have anything to do with the loan. Why would an administration want to loan Brazilian oil the tax payer’s money? Now that Hussein has stopped off shore drilling in the US Petrobras and Hussein’s buddy George Soros stands to make even more billions of $. GOP might be in bed with big business but the dumocrats are in bed with crooks like Soros and the crooked labor unions.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/22/10 - 08:10 am
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Face, nice to know someone

Face, nice to know someone actually watches Olberman.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/22/10 - 08:17 am
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Mr. Connell, here a quote for

Mr. Connell, here a quote for you, "They own Mary Landrieu and the rest of the Louisiana delegation," said Greenpeace Research Director Kert Davies. "They have more money, disposable income and a fleet of dispensable lobbyists to beat the band." Ms Landrieu, in case you didn't know, is a Democrat.

dashiel
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dashiel 06/22/10 - 08:26 am
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"I'm shocked, shocked that

"I'm shocked, shocked that there is gambling in this casino."

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/22/10 - 08:29 am
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Best movie ever.

Best movie ever.

dani
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dani 06/22/10 - 08:37 am
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Straight from Democrat

Straight from Democrat talking points........

Nothing new here.

OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 06/22/10 - 08:50 am
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Morning ODSers, what flavor

Morning ODSers, what flavor is your HATERADE for Obama today? Do each of you share the flavor of the day or do you have your own?

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truthnlove 06/22/10 - 08:50 am
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And, chascush, not only have

And, chascush, not only have they stopped that dangerous deep well drilling in US waters (which will cost Americans thousands of jobs), that $2 billions dollars Obama loaned to Brazil (which we don't have) is to fund even deeper drilling in Brazilian waters.....what a bunch of hypocrites!!

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usafvet 06/22/10 - 09:28 am
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OK dimocrats, read carefully

OK dimocrats, read carefully and those of you who can't, get help. I don't want to be misquoted. I am NOT saying that dumbobama had anything to do with the BP disaster. Now did you GET that. What I do believe is that dumbobama is capable of causing something of this nature to push his "agenda". He is anti America, he is conniving, he is unethical, he has no problem distorting facts, and the list goes on. And you obamians ask how much dirt can we throw on this ....... Aye has already submitted the calculations.

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grinder48 06/22/10 - 09:43 am
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Not just GOP but all those
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Not just GOP but all those thieves in Congress are too close to big business, they're bought and sold by big business. Don' get me wrong, I'm a proponent of business, large and small, because business provides jobs that drives this country. But I'm definitely against the behind-the-scenes sleezy stuff that goes on. Use your vote ... vote incumbents out of office. If given the opportunity, vote for term limits. Do not vote for "anti-business" candidates because - again - businesses provide jobs and as such are the life blood of this country.

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TheFederalist 06/22/10 - 09:53 am
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Mr. Connell, with all due

Mr. Connell, with all due respect, you are totally ignorant of the facts sir, and before you write letters to the editor, you should at least do just a tiny bit of research. FACT: In 1990, in response to the Exxon Valdez spill, Congress and the President (GHWB) enacted the Oil Pollution Act. The liability cap was set at $75 million. Any amount above that requires claims made against the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. The Fund is funded by an 8 cent tax for every barrel produced or imported into the United States and is projected to have $1.6 billion in it by the end of FY10. *(Where is this money?)* The bill was introduced to the House by Walter B. Jones, Sr., a Democratic congressman from North Carolina's 1st congressional district, along with 79 cosponsors. It enjoyed widespread support, passing the House 375-5 and the Senate by voice vote before conference, and unanimously in both chambers after conference. Since these actual historic facts totally destroy your entire argument, then the rest of your letter, and your conclusions are simply your opinions, which are also wrong. I would suggest sir, instead of blathering away in print on a subject that you obviously know nothing about, it would be prudent in future to perhaps refrain from sending unsupported and inaccurate letters to the editor. Oh..btw..since you have absolutely destroyed your credibility, you are now fully qualified to actually become a liberal, a democrat, a socialist, or all three combined, and I cordially invite you to post your opinions here, with no supporting facts or arguments as others, like OnlyinAgs, continue to do daily.

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Ayetidiosi 06/22/10 - 10:02 am
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Amen Fed. Nicely done. Thanks

Amen Fed. Nicely done. Thanks for saving me the keystrokes.

usafvet
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usafvet 06/22/10 - 10:25 am
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If I were a democrat, I think

If I were a democrat, I think that I too would not admit it. Thank you Federalist for your informative post.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 06/22/10 - 10:38 am
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In the news today, Louisiana

In the news today, Louisiana Republican governor rushes to help big oil. The governor filed a brief in support of the oil companies seeking an injunction against President Obama's moratorium on deep-water oil and gas drilling in the gulf. Never mind the US House has exposed the oil companies' environmental protection plans as nothing but jokes.

In addition to the six months' moratorium, the government needs to suspend their operations until the have a credible environmental plan and all appurtenances in place.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 06/22/10 - 10:46 am
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Perfect Obama Supporter: When

Perfect Obama Supporter: When energy (especially gasoline) skyrockets in price, where will the working class get the money to pay those bills? The entitlement class cares not, for they get their money without effort.

The moratorium is political grandstanding with a vital resource to our National Security. There is NO positive outcome from this moratorium.

If you care to look, there was an illuminating post yesterday on this topic, explaining what device failed on the Deepwater Horizon allowing the oil to gush. This same device will be REQUIRED to be used on all rigs shutting down. Not a gamble I want to take.
If another rig or two explodes, more oil starts gushing into the Gulf, will all the criticism of Oblatheringidiot's moratorium still be racism?

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 06/22/10 - 11:10 am
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Ayetidiosi - The working

Ayetidiosi - The working class may be concerned about the price but look on the bright side. Corporate America is enjoying prosperity. Here's a few Profit Reports for April 2010:

Oil profits are also up for the top five oil companies -- Exxon Mobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, Shell. Exxon Mobil today reported a quarterly profit increase of 38 percent, or $6.3 billion. BP, which owns the sunken rig, reported a first quarter net profit of $6.08 billion, an increase of 137 percent. ConocoPhillips reported increased earnings of $2.1 billion for the first quarter. Shell announced profits of $4.8 billion, rising by 60 percent.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/22/10 - 11:25 am
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That's certainly good news

That's certainly good news for the stakeholders.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 06/22/10 - 11:28 am
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Who owns these companies?

Who owns these companies? Citizens who invested in them. You yourself may actually own oil stocks, as retirement funds invest your 401k in commodities often when stocks recede. I submit the whining of all those who lost retirement funds in the stock decline as proof very few people know where their funds are invested.

Profit is the SOLE purpose of a company. Profit is the OBLIGATION of a company to it's investors. Profit is not a dirty word to me. Profit is what pays investors. No investment, no company. No company, no employees. No employees, no jobs. Or is that the goal of your diatribes?
The ONLY industry adding jobs right now is the Federal Government of the United States. That FACT is one of the most alarming occurrences of the Oblatheringidiot administration.

Live without petroleum products... never saw your response to my inquiry. Please illuminate our feeble minds with EXACTLY what you are personally doing to reduce your consumption of plastics, gasoline, electricity, and water?

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Hatfield0278 06/22/10 - 11:31 am
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Repeat a lie often enough and

Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth. That's what democrats and the media do with this claim that it's the GOP who is in the hip-pocket of "big business". I would encourage any open-minded person to simply examine the campaign-contributions from oil companies, Wall Street, technology, etc... and see who they gave their money and support to.

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KSL 06/22/10 - 11:36 am
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Hatfield, some people just

Hatfield, some people just don't want to be made aware of the truth. They, in fact, refuse to be made aware and reject any and all things negative about their chosen.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 06/22/10 - 11:59 am
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During his time in the Senate

During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obacrite received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.

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baronvonreich 06/22/10 - 12:03 pm
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I guess Mr. Connell forgot

I guess Mr. Connell forgot that the Democratic-majority Congress is the one who passed the $75 million liability law 2 decades ago....

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