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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 08:42 AM
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Biden angrily responds to Barton: It’s not a ‘shakedown’ to insist BP takes care of people...

Biden angrily responds to Barton: It’s not a ‘shakedown’ to insist BP takes care of people who are ‘drowning.’

Vice President Biden stopped by today’s White House press briefing to talk about the Recovery Act. While there, however, reporters encouraged him address Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) apology to BP for the fact that the Obama administration is making the company set up a fund to pay individuals and businesses that are suffering because of the oil spill. Biden angrily responded to Barton, calling his comments “astonishing” and “outrageous”:

BIDEN: There’s an entire way of life in jeopardy. This is just not about jobs. This is just not about whether or not the waterfowl is polluted and you can’t — this is an entire way of life that’s in jeopardy. And to sit there and say that we’re being — in effect, as I understood the statement — that he was ashamed we’re being tough on an oil company who caused the problem — I mean, I — look, I just think that it’s pretty important to the people of Louisiana all the way through Florida and even in his home state of Texas that people disassociate themselves from that.

That’s not the role — there’s no shakedown. It’s insisting on responsible conduct and a responsible response to something they caused. And I find it outrageous to suggest that if, in fact, we insisted that BP demonstrate their preparedness, to put aside billions of dollars — in this case, $20 billion — to take care of the immediate needs of people who are drowning — these guys don’t have deep pockets. The guy who runs the local marina, the guy who has one shrimping boat, the guy who has one small business — he can’t afford to lose $10,000, $12,000, $15,000, $30,000 a month. <...>

What is wrong with that? How is that a shakedown? I mean, I just — I don’t know, I find it pretty astounding, the comment.

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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 08:53 AM
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1. K&R...n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 09:11 AM
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2. But...but...what is bp getting in return? There must be a
quid pro quo. What deal did the admin make? Doing the right thing and demanding it of others just isn't bloody good enough. And I'm talking about DUers, not rethugs.

:nuke:

OK, sorry, out of my system now.



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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 01:53 PM
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5. It'd be comical if it weren't so
freakin' tragic..on one extreme, "it's a shakedown"..on the other..insert prefered speculation of the day.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 09:35 AM
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3. Go Joe
But of course this won't be enough, Joe and his boss are corporatists. :sarcasm:
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Blue_Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-18-10 01:41 PM
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4. Go Joe!
:bounce:
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