If it wasn’t selling they would stop peddling it and for the BP oil spill the right-wing extremists are lapping up every attack on the left.
I think that if an idea reaches acceptance by a culture it will end up in a rock song. Paul Simon’s “the Boxer” has this lyric
“For a pocketful of mumbles, such are promises.
All lies and jest.
Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”
This explains why the GOP base-our poor under-educated and lower income red state denizens of despair, vote against their own self-interest as they succumb to the GOP propaganda. In the 1960s the GOP learned that non-inclusive hate, fear and war mongering policies appeal to the baser instincts of red staters-our “1984” “proles”. From “Tricky Dick” on down to Bush 43 the GOP spoke their code words that culminated in the Democratic Presidential candidate being a non-American, friend of terrorists. That the bottom 99%’s lot in life has deteriorated during GOP administrations can simply be ignored if the GOP candidate can appeal to the red staters’ worst desires.
Obama believed that as the leader of the free world he could just about fix anything. Thank God he had that “Change you can believe in” mindset when he helped our economy recover from the brink of collapse. There are some things not even Obama can help though.
Bush 41 wasn’t put on the hot seat regarding the Oil Spill in his term! as the article “FLASHBACK: During Exxon Valdez disaster, President Bush got a free pass from the press” indicates as the article states “The rather breathless Nightly News segment, with lots of what-did-he-know-and-when-did-he-know-it implications, perfectly captured the news media’s somewhat odd obsession, virtually from Day One of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, with making Obama a central figure, if not the responsible player, in the drama about an oil-industry catastrophe.
No, the government didn’t operate or own the rig. And oil giant BP was obviously the responsible party. Yet the press immediately focused in on Obama.
The knee-jerk interest in the Oval Office was especially odd when compared with how the same Beltway press corps went out of its way in 1989 to completely remove President George H. W. Bush’s role as a player in the Exxon Valdez environmental crisis. If you go back and look at the coverage, in the days following the first reports that the Exxon supertanker’s hull had ruptured on Bligh Reef, spilling more than 10 million gallons of oil into the pristine Prince William Sound, a gusher that ended up covering 11,000 square miles of ocean, you’ll see that Bush was mostly a non-player in that unfolding drama, which quickly became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Bush barely even warranted mention during the blanket news coverage.
In terms of reporting on the Exxon Valdez disaster, which was punctuated by constant claims from locals that the oil industry, with its nonexistent contingency plan, as well as the federal government, with its decidedly hands-off approach, had woefully botched the cleanup (sound familiar?), Bush remained, in the eyes of the press, a non-entity, a spectator. And not the kind of bystander who got tagged with blame, which was why there was virtually no Beltway media chatter about how the Exxon spill would play out politically for the new White House inhabitant. It wasn’t even discussed.”
So Bush 41 wasn’t tarred by the oil spill in his term and his inept son wasn’t accused of his corrupt affiliations with big oil during his-a parasitical relationship which allowed big oil to write the latest substantive energy legislation.
Back in Bush 43 days the GOP excluded the Democrats from being involved in crafting legislation. Rove tied every piece of legislation to the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) and jammed everything through without any participation by the Democrats being allowed.
Cheney’s Secret Energy Task Force and how Democrats were excluded is detailed in the October 3, 2004 article “Back-room dealing a Capitol trend — GOP flexing its majority power”.
The article states “Bills are increasingly crafted behind closed doors, and on two major pieces of legislation — the Medicare and energy bills — few Democrats were allowed into the critical conference committee meetings, sessions that historically have been bipartisan. The energy bill — a sweeping package meant to lay out a national energy policy — started in closed-door meetings held by Vice President Dick Cheney’s Energy Task Force and was written in private sessions on Capitol Hill that excluded all Democrats….
The energy bill was mired in secrecy from its inception, when Vice President Cheney’s energy task force met to develop proposals that formed the basis of the legislation. An analysis by Public Citizen of some public documents shows that at least seven energy industry executives and lobbyists met with the task force, and that several members of that group are major fund-raisers for the Bush-Cheney campaign.
Virtually all of the energy companies whose leaders met with the task force would benefit from the tax credits, subsidies, and deregulation laid out in the energy package….
On a Saturday, when Congress was not in session, the conference committee released the more than 1,000-page bill on its website, sending lawmakers scrambling to read the document. The House was presented with the bill for a full vote the following Tuesday, leaving little time for a close examination by House members.”
When Obama and the Democrats blame the Bush 43 for the problems in the Gulf Coast they have valid reasons. It was a hidden proceeding much like a Black Op Special Forces assassination. It didn’t snuff out 1 person’s life, but many, whose lives were ruined by big oil, in addition to the 11 killed on the rig.
The US Main Stream Media (MSM) didn’t hold Bush 41 responsible for the oil spill during his administration, but what about his lethargic son Bush 43?
Why Does the Media Contribute to Lie that Obama is Responsible for BP Oil Spill?
as the article “Right-wing media disappear Bush in assigning oil spill blame” makes clear.
The article states “Right-wing media figures have repeatedly claimed that it’s “time we stopped blaming Bush” in discussions of the Gulf oil spill. However, under the Bush administration, federal offshore drilling regulators relaxed regulatory standards and were plagued by ethics scandals.
Regarding Cheney’s “Secret Energy Task Force” conservative Rudy Giuliani from the June 17 edition of Morning Joe, as the article states, was asked by host Joe Scarborough “In the role of devil’s advocate, we hear that we had the technology to stop this, in 2002, though, Dick Cheney and his energy task force said, no, we’re not going to take an extra step.”
Giuliani “I have no — I have no idea what Dick Cheney did five or six years ago. It’s important to know as part of the history of this but the reality is, he’s been president now for 18 months. It’s about time we stopped blaming Bush.”
As the article states Dana Perino, former Big Bro 43 White House Press Secretary from the June 14 edition of Fox & Friends was lobbed a softball by the host regarding her boss’ culpability for the oil spill to which she responded “Democrats are “ridiculous” and “offensive” to lay any blame for oil spill on Bush administration. And if you — if one of those reporters had had the guts to say name one, name one regulatory piece that was repealed during the Bush administration that led to this or that. And instead they don’t ask them about their role in the housing crisis or in the banking crisis.”
As the article states Dick Morris used GOP Internet hypocrisy source Newsmax to disseminate misinformation and, as the article states, Fox News host Mike Huckabee, using Fox News’ Hannity to come up with the quip “outrageous” for blame to be laid on the Bush administration for MMS mismanagement, and that “next George Bush will be responsible for the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby.
He can no longer blame everything he experiences on George Bush and Dick Cheney and the Republicans.”
Once again, as the article states, on the June 4 edition of Fox News’ Hannity the right-wing extremist Tucker Carlson said “So, earlier this week, the center for American progress basically the in-house think tank of the Obama administration from which many Obama administration officials have come, issuing a report referring to this oil spill as quote “Dick Cheney’s Katrina” and trying to lay the blame, you can imagine, on the now retired former vice president and the reasoning was so tortured and stupid, I won’t repeat it here. We are seeing this again and again from the left trying to make this somehow a product of conservatism, this bill.”
Once again, as the article states, on the June 14 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly said that “there was not much difference in the Bush oil policy than the Clinton oil policy” and that “there’s plenty of blame to go around,” so “for the Democrats to continue to lay it all on Bush is flat out dishonest.”
The US’ latest substantial energy policy had irony! as the April 01, 2004 article “Administration Renews Push to Pass Energy Bill” describes.
The GOP wanted to ram bad policy through as the article states “When asked how the president intended to deal with the rising gasoline prices and OPEC’s tightening of the oil spigot, White House spokesman Scott McClellan repeated a single theme: Get Congress to pass energy legislation…
Democrats said the energy bills that came close to being enacted into law in both 2002 and again last year contained little that would reduce America’s dependence on OPEC oil and virtually nothing that would assure an end to the volatility of gasoline prices.”
The bill wouldn’t do what the GOP said it would as the article states “”I don’t think there’s anything in the pending energy bill that would have effect on gas prices in the short term at all, or affect them substantially in the long-term either,” Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, said.”
The article notes that the players are still the same “And Senate Democrats objected to a giving the makers of the MTBE gasoline additive protection against product liability lawsuits. Democratic leaders said they could deliver the votes for the bill if the MTBE provision were scrapped. But House Republicans – especially Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Rep. Joe Barton, both of Texas – refused to budge on the issue.
Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., the bill’s Senate floor leader, has scaled back its cost and removed the MTBE provision, hoping to get the bill through the Senate this year. But Barton, now chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says any bill that passes the House must include the MTBE waiver.”
The GOP adheres to marching in lockstep, party line, half truths. Unfortunately FOX and Clear Channel Radio disseminate as if it were true and they change the names when necessary, but the same old crooks-such as Barton, are still around.