Congress Barton, You Sir Are A Royal Twit
Congressman Joe Barton (R-Dumbass-TX) took the opportunity of talking to BP to APOLOGIZE to BP for the fact that the White House has asked them to take responsibility for their actions. It's almost impossible to believe, but he's "ashamed" and thinks it's "a tragedy of the first proportion" that BP has to pay for its mismanagement and destruction of the Gulf of Mexico. In what I'm sure is TOTALLY unrelated, Barton has received more than $1,400,000 in donations from oil and gas companies over the years.
There is a legitimate argument that the White House sat on its hands too long before getting tough. I'm on board with that, and I think the White House is taking it on the chin for that relative inaction to start with. But now that they ARE doing what's right, Congressman Barton is ashamed? To be ASHAMED that the government is ensuring that the taxpayers don't have to pay for this debacle is shameful, Rep Barton.
You sir, are a disgrace.
Update: Apparently, the GOP overall is not tone deaf, and some are calling for Barton to resign his chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee. And no, I didn't realize this twit was the chairman of said committee. I seriously doubt there will be much repercussion to his inanity, but at least the entire right wing of the aisle isn't as clueless as Barton.