Gulf Spill: Meet Joe Barton, Oil Industry's Darling

Today was a day of reckoning for BP CEO Tony Hayward who went before Congress to br blasted and grilled. There was going to be firework. It was going to be brutal. Drama?

No but Texas Congressman Joe Barton provided some by apologizing to BP for the $20 billion "shakedown" by the White House.

Wow...

Talk about trying to remind the oil industry who their number one support is, it doesn't get any better than that. Suffice to say, once Joe retireds, don't worry about him. His petro buddies are going to take good care of him.

Barton has received more than $1.4 million since 2001 and more than $100,000 in 2009 alone from the oil industry.

I don't care that he took their money. Dude's from Texas. Still, I wonder had BP dumped a barrel full of oil on his lawn if he could be apologizing to BP if his insurance agent demands that BP pay for the clean-up and housing for his neighbors who had to be moved away.

I suppose I should be surprised anymore when these politicians no longer put the national interests ahead of partisan bickering. Oh, and don't let me get into what a waste of time the hearing was. 90 Minutes of pompous politicians blasting Hayward and we found out nothing new about what caused the explosion at the platform and why it has taken so long for this leak to be plugged.


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