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Barack can’t part the sea for BP to repair the oil gusher, but one thing he can and should have done a month ago was send the military to assist in keeping the oil from reaching the shorelines. This is a disaster, and the US is well known for taking responsibility for helping for other countries for all sorts of reasons. We help them time of need, as well as “fighting for democracy” or “fighting against terrorism”. Why not help and fight for ours during this crisis?
Another option President Obama has is to place BP in receivership. Doing so “gives the government authority to take over BP’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico until the gusher is stopped,” wrote Robert Reich, a policy professor who served under two former administrations.
Now there’s an idea to strike fear in the money-shaped hearts of every major stockholder and bankster on Wall Street, and their buddies they bankroll in politics. This is why the idea has received scant attention in the media.
And no, receivership won’t change BP’s work on trying to solve the problem. It will be the same company – with a different master. Before you jump and say, no, we can’t do this, BP is not an American company, I say Yes We Can. And now I’ll prove it to you.
What if this disaster had been caused by Citgo?
Citgo is owned by Venezuela. You know… them. Yes, that oil-rich South American democracy run by Hugo Chavez whom George W. Bush and the Right in particular loves to hate and wanted so badly to undermine, if not destroy.
My oh my, but how different things would be if the Gulf Oil Spill had been caused by Citgo. Right off the bat, we can multiply the existing outrage.
There would be no BP executive with a cute British accent, or a blond haired American spokesperson to sooth the public, or even a political puppet for the corporatocracy to justify how it’s been handled so far.
Nope, if it were Citgo, the media and a good portion of the public would be far more aggressive and screaming for their heads, hating on even more Latinos here, and calling the Gulf Oil Spill an act of terrorism. They and a bunch of our politicians would be fully ready to use this catastrophe, to not only take over the company, but to invade their country.
Ya think Barack wouldn’t go along with that? Think again.
Given his track record to date, I think President Let’s Be Bipartisan & All Get Along would buckle under the pressure from Big Oil, Big Defense, the GOP, and the Far Right faster than he did on healthcare reform, FISA, and that bill that says the government can kill Americans on US soil suspected of terrorist activities.
Lao Tsu, a Chinese philosopher around the time of Confucius, said “Never let someone be your priority when you are their option.”
I wish someone would remind Barack of this, because that’s my assessment of his relationship with Big Oil and some of the other Big Bastards running the show. No long term good can come of this, for him or us.
I want to see Barack down and ready for taking over BP in a receivership, and sending the military to the Gulf like he did in the Haiti earthquake. Aren’t our disaster needs as worthy as theirs? Why is BP’s negligence any different than Citgo’s would have been in the same situation?
We we need to see Barack take full charge, regardless of the politics involved or who did it, because it’s the right thing to do under the circumstances.Click here for reuse options!