On June 17, there was much debate about Congressman Joe Barton. After President Obama made his announcement about BP having to pay $20 billion to cover for all the damage that has been done to the Gulf since the oil spill, Texas representative Barton made a public apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward. According to Barton, he feels as if Obama has gone too far by demanding this from BP, especially when he knows that BP is already facing criminal charges. The question here is: Who is in the wrong here? (VOORHEES, 2010)
BP of course, but who else? Did Obama go too far by demanding this much money? Well, let’s take a look at the damage. Oil has been spilling in the Gulf of Mexico for two months, 11 people have been killed in the explosion from the gas, and there are several animals dying every day from the damage.
I’d say so, but along with criminal charges? There are many people along the Gulf coast suffering from the damage, as well as people who make their living off the Gulf coast. This is a big deal, and the consequences should fit the criteria. (Barton accuses White House of shaking down BP, 2010)
But, what about the Congressman? In his statement, he claimed, “There is no question that BP is liable for the damages, but we have a due process system.” (VOORHEES, 2010) On this, he might be right. BP is going to be paying for this for a long time, but they are a private company that is also entitled to their rights. But, he still should not have spoken against the president. A proper example of this would be two parents.
You have a father who puts a child on punishment. The mother feels that the punishment is too harsh, and goes behind the father and apologizes to the child for the father’s behavior. Now, how would the child feel? Comforted at the moment, but he may also feel like, if he doesn’t like the decision of one parent, he can always go to the other one. This breaks down the entire structure of the parenting system, and, after awhile, the parents are too focused on going against one another that they forget their job as parents.
The same is happening with our government. It seems as if this was just a Republican punch at our Democrat-dominated Congress. I feel that it is more important right now for our government to stick together on these big decisions, regardless of whether or not they agree completely with the decisions at-hand or not. Isn’t that what being a democracy is all about anyway? Everyone is not going to be happy with every outcome, but that is still no reason to speak publicly against your teammates.
Barton accuses White House of shaking down BP. (2010, June 17). Retrieved June 17, 2010, from WashingtonPost.com:
VOORHEES, J. (2010, June 17). Texas Lawmaker Apologizes to BP CEO for ‘$20 Billion Shakedown’ . Retrieved June 17, 2010, from TheNYTimes.com: