Do we now have three co-equal branches of government – each owned by big oil?

People who care about the environment are screwed. Republicans are handing our Gulf of Mexico over to oil corporations. A new bill entitled the “Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act” passed out of the House of Representatives on Wednesday ending the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf and giving his oil corporations free reign to explore for new wells as if the BP oil spill last year never happened. But a sneaky little provision in the bill makes sure oil corporations will have a favorable audience in the courtroom if they should screw up again.

The bill says that any lawsuits against oil corporations in the Gulf MUST be brought in front of the Fifth Circuit court. Why the fifth circuit court? Because it’s bought off by big oil! Ten of the sixteen judges on the court have stakes in oil – including the Chief Judge who owns over $300,000 in oil investments. Other judges on that court have attended legal junkets sponsored by big oil companies.

Looks like we now have in America – three co-equal branches of government – each owned by big oil.


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Palindromedary 11 years 30 weeks ago

Obama supporter Cornell West went ballistic about having supported Obama:

(Cornell) West, who did 65 campaign events for Obama, believed in the potential for change and was encouraged by the populist rhetoric of the Obama campaign. He now nurses, like many others who placed their faith in Obama, the anguish of the deceived, manipulated and betrayed. He bitterly describes Obama as “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”

"....This means civil disobedience, going to jail, supporting progressive forums of social unrest if they in fact awaken the conscience, whatever conscience is left, of the nation. And that’s where I find myself now."

“I was thinking maybe he has at least some progressive populist instincts that could become more manifest after the cautious policies of being a senator and working with [Sen. Joe] Lieberman as his mentor,” he says. “But it became very clear when I looked at the neoliberal economic team. The first announcement of Summers and Geithner I went ballistic. I said, ‘Oh, my God, I have really been misled at a very deep level.’ And the same is true for Dennis Ross and the other neo-imperial elites. I said, ‘I have been thoroughly misled, all this populist language is just a facade. I was under the impression that he might bring in the voices of brother Joseph Stiglitz and brother Paul Krugman. I figured, OK, given the structure of constraints of the capitalist democratic procedure that’s probably the best he could do. But at least he would have some voices concerned about working people, dealing with issues of jobs and downsizing and banks, some semblance of democratic accountability for Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats who are just running amuck. I was completely wrong.”

West says the betrayal occurred on two levels: Go to the Truthdig web site to read more...

So why are some of you people still supporting the turn-coat, sell-out and traitor to his prelection convictions and to the people who voted for him? Obama is your friend ever as much as are the Koch-roaches who want to turn everyone else into lowly serfs and peon slaves.

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laurenceb 11 years 29 weeks ago

We MUST change how we talk about things.

Don't call them "oil company subsidies". Call them PROGRAMS. Then we can say "cut this 21 billion dollar PROGRAM".

Let's see the GOP vote against that.

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laurenceb 11 years 29 weeks ago

Another note: regarding giving Bush credit for getting Bin L.

Imagine you are a Coach of a football team for 8 years and you can't get them to the Rose Bowl. You and all of your Asst. coaches are replaced by another Coach and within a year, that new coach and his assistances take the team to the Superbowl. You, the old coach, do NOT get credit for getting the team there!!!

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