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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:46 PM
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Why Aren’t Tea Parties Demanding That The Government Hold BP Accountable On Behalf Of Taxpayers?
Why Aren’t Tea Parties Demanding That The Government Hold BP Accountable On Behalf Of Taxpayers?
http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/30/tea-parties-bp /

Tea Party activists’ self-proclaimed mission is to demand lower taxes. TEA, in fact, stands for Taxed Enough Already. As a part of this anti-tax crusade, the Tea Party has vehemently opposed comprehensive health reform, clean energy legislation, and even mandatory garbage collection.

Given that these protesters take their name from the Boston Tea Party, which was organized around protesting an unfair tax benefit given to a massive British corporation, and that British oil giant BP’s oil disaster could end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars, you’d think that Tea Partiers would be demanding that the government hold BP accountable and make the corporation pay the full costs for its bad behavior, so that taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill.

Yet the Tea Partiers haven’t descended on BP’s headquarters or marched on Capitol Hill demanding, for example, that the government lift the $75 million oil spill liability cap on BP so that the damages it pays aren’t severely limited. On the contrary, they’ve attacked President Obama for securing a $20 billion escrow fund from BP to recompense victims of its oil spill and cozied up to politicians who’ve sided with BP. As the Associated Press noted last week, “Tea Party candidates by BP to rail against President Obama.” Here are just a few examples of Tea Party organizers and Tea Party-endorsed politicians siding with the foreign oil giant against American taxpayers:

– Republican Study Committee chair Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who headlined a Tax Day tea party in the nation’s capitol this year, derided the escrow fund as “Chicago-style shakedown politics.” <6/16/10>

– Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who has proudly boasted of supporting the “Tea Party movement and the people getting involved,” echoed Price’s language as he apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayword for the White House’s “shakedown” it performed while trying to hold his company accountable. <6/17/10>

– Conservative talk show host and chairman of the Tea Party Express Mark Williams compared Obama’s efforts to secure the escrow fund to those of “mobsters,” and added that where he comes “from, they call it extortion.” <6/21/10>

– The “tea party favorite” in the Oklahoma GOP gubenatorial primary, state senator Randy Brogdon, said that BP’s oil disaster was “a perfect example of why government should never be involved in the private sector,” while blasting efforts to properly regulate the foreign oil giant so that it couldn’t cause more devastation in the future. <6/21/10>

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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:48 PM
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1. Because no one is paying them to protest.
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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:49 PM
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2. Because BP doesn't have a Black Guy with a Funny Name in charge
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:51 PM
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3. Because government can't do anything right
And if it does, then see my subject line.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:52 PM
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4. I really see the teabaggers as an ignorant blob awaiting the next inane message
to the herd from Fox News.
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Beringia Donating Member (193 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 07:59 PM
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5. that requires logical and independent thought
and I don't think Teabaggers do that much actual thinking.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:00 PM
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6. Because the teabaggers attend the church of Trickle-Down Righteousness...
they believe it with all their hearts even though the Rapture has never occurred.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:07 PM
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7. The Tea Party movement was started by, and is still supported by, corporations.
So naturally they're not going support a corporation being made accountable.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 08:42 PM
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8. They didn't get the memo from FOX & the GOP.
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