Just when you think that the Republicans can stoop no lower, they put their greedy little selves in high gear and surprise you! If you know me, you probably know I don't hold either political party in high regard, but Joe Barton brought Republican esteem down to about the belly of a skinny snake with his comment about the "shakedown" aspect of President Barack Obama's getting BP to put up a twenty billion dollar fund to pay claims by residents harmed by their massive and ongoing oil spill. Way to go, President Obama! I also hear that BP is going to donate net proceeds of the sale of the reclaimed oil being captured in the Gulf of Mexico to benefit fish and wildlife. That may just be their way of trying to clear their name and make their public relations better, but it's still a step in the right direction. Of course, Barton made a half-assed apology, but it was too little too late. He cooked his own sorry goose!
Tonight I read the results of a poll, that said a majority of the public is STILL in favor of deepwater drilling. Goes to show just how selfish people can be. Hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens are losing their livelihoods, millions of gallons of oil has fouled the Gulf of Mexico, marine life has been devastated and the oil is still gushing out of the ocean bed daily, but they still think it's okay to drill in deepwater! God forbid they should have to cut down on their fuel consumption, or conserve fuel, or find alternate transportation like an economy car instead of a Humvee! We are some of the most selfish people on the face of the planet, us exceptional Americans! Nothing will deter us from our own self destruction or that of the planet we live on. Thankfully, I am a retired older person and I probably won't live long enough to see the end of our consumer economy or the world, whichever comes first. But then again, at the speed which we are approaching doomsday, I may still be around to see it. Like the old saying goes, not with a bang, but with a whimper!
How did we get to the place where are, the rampant greed, selfishness, uncaring about other lives beside our own? We are throwing billions of dollars down a rabbit hole every day killing people in wars of choice, wars which are also killing and maiming our own young men and women. Think how much good could come from that money if it was spent on renewing and rebuilding our own infrastructure. I often wonder which one of those young men and women killed in war would have been the one to help lead us to peace, had they not been killed. We'll never know, will we?
Finally, I want to applaud President Obama on holding BP accountable for all damage done to the environment, the people, the marine life and the ecological system we all need to stay alive. I haven't always agreed with his actions, but he deserves praise for his handling of this massive mess. Give me a leader who thinks before he speaks any day of the week! I've heard about all the bluster and bull pucky I can stand from the apoplectic Republicans a long time ago. It's reassuring to know that we have a President who cares about accountability and responsibility. Way to go, Mr. President, job well done! Little by little you are regaining my trust, keep up the good work. Maybe we can escape doomsday after all!