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GOP House Leader John Boehner wants you to pay to clean up BP’s oil spill

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What a guy that John Boehner is! Always looking out for the taxpayer!

Take, for example, his LATEST GESTURE in that regard.

An excerpt:

Congressional Democrats and the White House are toying with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry…and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner said he believes taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up.

“I think the people responsible in the oil spill–BP and the federal government–should take full responsibility for what’s happening there,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning.

Boehner’s statement followed comments last Friday by US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue who said he opposes efforts to stick BP, a member of the Chamber, with the bill.

UPDATE: Oooh! Wait til Boehner hears about the nasty stuff Nancy Pelosi is SAYING about his buddies at BP. He’ll blow a gasket.

(Of course, this is a cue to our Applesauce wingnuts to say something about Botox. They usually do that at any mention of Pelosi’s name. That’s their idea of a brilliant political retort.) 

UPDATE II: Meanwhile, Republican Congressman James Sensenbrenner, a multimillionaire from Wisconsin who owns thousands of shares of BP stock, HAS NO PLANS to recuse himself from a congressional investigation related to the Gulf oil spill or from votes on Capitol Hill that could affect his investments in the oil company.

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6 Comments

  1. expdoc

    I think the best way to solve this problem would be to nationalize the oil and gas industry and then the government in itt\’s infinite wisdom could run this part of the economy as well. Maybe Chavez could give us some tips.

  2. Neftali

    Boehner’s quote is totally taken out of context, so much so that it really doesn’t even qualify as a “gaffe.”

    The truth is that Boehner was just expecting the Obama administration to admit some incompetence over this whole fiasco, in no way would he expects government to actually pick up the tab.

    Nice try, Pat. But this goes down as a “FAIL” on your part.

    Note – I will admit that Sensenbrenner should exclude himself from the investigation.

  3. Neftali: You’re not exactly right about this, but I’m going out for the evening and don’t have time now to address the matter. Check back tomorrow.

  4. realfoxnews

    when this is all done, the sad. thing about it we will pay for it. BP will file Bankruptcy and we will be stuck with the bill again.
    A guy on TV made a good point boycott BP gas but keep buying the same thing you would normal in side the store. They make more off a cup of coffee than you filling up your tank on your car.

  5. RowJimmy

    Boehner represents the will of the Camber of Commerce, when has a Republican represented the common man, Teddy comes to mind, but he would be run out of the party today for his liberal ideas of National Parks and busting up the big companies….

  6. Neftali

    RowJimmy – Better start watching something other than MSNBC.

    Check out this site:

    http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2009/03/numbers-president-bush-s-parks-legacy

    …and that doesn’t even include the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, which is one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in the world, which was also created by Bush.

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