Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) has generated a ton of attention from his prepared remarks accusing the White House of a “$20 billion shakedown” of oil giant BP after the company agreed to establish an escrow account to pay the claims of people harmed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and apologizing to the company formerly known as British Petroleum.
At the Congressional hearing with BP CEO Tony Hayward testifying, Barton said, “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown, with the attorney general of the United States. But I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure…”
Pete Hoekstra tweeted the following after the Obama administration announced the $20 Billion victim’s fund.
Sounds like Pete agrees with Joe Barton and that the country owes BP an apology.
I point this out because this is evidence of a certain way of thinking that’s far outside the mainstream. Hoekstra is comfortable campaigning and profiting from tragedy and now is supporting extremists like Joe Barton who fundamentally don’t share the same values as a majority of Americans.
No, Congressman, BP should be pressed to pay for everything, plus fines, and establishing a special fund is the best way to ensure victims will have access to full restitution.
To use Barton’s words, “I’m ashamed” of Pete Hoekstra.