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Follow the Money Trail

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by reckedracing, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    talk about keeping our "family disagreements behind closed doors"
    this guy publicly apologizes for the president trying to secure funds, while the worst oil spill continues to destroy the environment and out coastlines


    and guess who paid to put him in office.
    abusing the public's trust and acting in the interests of industry and not the citizens should be considered a treasonous act






    A Texas congressman with a tin ear gave Tony Hayward, the embattled honcho of reviled oil giant BP, something totally unexpected on Thursday - an apology.
    Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican whose sprawling district includes Houston, called Hayward the victim of a "$20 billion shakedown."
    "I apologize," Barton told Hayward. "I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it's a tragedy."
    Barton was referring to President Obama's faceoff with the BP barons that ended with the oil company saying sorry for the mammoth oil spill currently fouling the Gulf of Mexico - and promising to finance a $20 billion fund to compensate the victims.
    Hayward, who was bracing to be raked over the coals at the Congressional hearing, appeared to be taken aback by Barton's apology.
    Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, quickly slapped back at Barton, saying the compensation fund was "not a slush fund, not a shakedown."
    "It was the government of the United States working to protect the most vulnerable citizens that we have in our country right now, the residents of the Gulf," he said.
    Barton is one of Big Oil's biggest boosters. And he has taken $1.4 million in campaign contributions from the industry since 1989, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
    Barton's backers have been political action committees and employees of Anadarko Petroleum, Exxon Mobil and Valero Energy, the watchdog group reported.
    In earlier statements, Barton said he held BP accountable for the environmental disaster but said the committee should also be looking into the Obama administration's response to the spill.
    Barton has also opposed attempts to more tightly regulate the oil industry.
     
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    |Chaz| Well-Known Member VIP

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    Vote that motherfucker OUT!
     
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    its shit like this that really put me in the mood to want to run for office after im over 25.

    politicians should not be able to accept funds from businesses that may benefit from legislation passed or shut out.
     
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    95b16coupe New Member

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    but then you would only have politicians from extremely wealthy families. everybody would become a republican because the only people who can afford an office are rich. there aren't too many rich dems out there. they all believe in sharing the wealth and dispursing profits.

    dems do this too. they all take funding from businesses. why do you think 90% of what gets done in d.c. really gets done? because someone paid to have it done.
     
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    invisibledemon Bored Moderator VIP

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    well, it shouldnt be that way.
    should have never been and shouldnt ever be.

    This is what pisses me off far much more than most other things.
    This country was never meant to have career politicians, it was never meant to be divided into parties.
    The positions of representatives, senators, president, and whatever else public office were meant to be filled with everyday citizens. These were supposed to be The People representing the people. not certain families/friends raised to be in office their whole life doing whatever the hell they want to.
     
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    you're being too much of an idealist. that stuff works for a while. but then rich white people just buy campaigns. you don't have to buy votes, but the simple process of getting your name out costs money. signs, flyers, buttons. it's all $$$. and who pays for it? the candidate. who can afford it? rich people. how do you compete with rich people? take donations. who donate? companies that want legislature passed.
     
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