by jhwygirl

No one is responsible for anything any more.

That’s from guest host on tonight’s Rachael Maddow Show Chris Hayes, Washington editor for The Nation. He listed off all kinds of ‘passing the buck’ blame games, from 9/11 (Bush passing the blame onto everyone but his own administration) to Katrina (Mayor Nagin blaming everyone but himself for any role in the disaster that unfolded) to the latest, the oil volcano spurting in the Gulf of Mexico – a deep-water well that was categorically excluded from the National Environmental Protection Act by the Mineral Management Bureau of the Department of the Interior.

Today BP, Halliburton and Transocean all were called on the floor of the Senate to answer questions as to who’s to fault for the disaster.

BP (who holds the categorically excluded oil lease) blamed Transocean, the owner of the rig that exploded….Transocean blamed Halliburton for a “failed cement” job, and Halliburton blamed BP, since they own the lease.

Three monkeys, all pointing at each other – and isn’t that just the way?

It’s getting old. This scene has played out in politics for far too long. Frankly, I’m a little sick and tired of government calling whomever up to the floor of congress – and I don’t care if it’s the head of FEMA, the head of the FBI, or bank or oil executives – to ask hard questions and then none of it goes anywhere.

Congress should be looking at themselves. Seriously. They’re as much to blame, frankly, as the BP/Halliburton/Transocean monkeys that were up there in D.C. today.

It’s not as if these events result in a review of government regulations as they exist….what continues is self-enforcement and self-policing of industries as important to the core of our economy as banking – and no solutions proposed with actual follow-through legislation to the problem as they laid it bare in front of America via C-Span and MSNBC.

Just one more bit of rant, if ya’all will indulge me – When WHEN are we going to rid ourselves of Halliburton?! How many gosh darn times do they have to be called up to the Senate before someone figures out a way to dissolve this piece of crap corporation that has ripped off Americans; disregarded our soldier’s safety so much so that sons and daughters have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan in body bags due to their negligence; the raping of civilians in foreign countries under the protection of government contracts; and now the latest environmental disaster laying out before us in the Gulf.

Was anyone surprised when they heard Halliburton was involved in this latest disaster? I know I wasn’t.

What is they say? Those that can’t learn from their history are doomed to repeat it?

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  1. Montana Cowgirl

    I totally agree. It’s as if they think all they need to do is pretend to take action in front of the cameras, until no one has time to do the real work to solve the problem.

  2. JayByrd

    Corporations today are legally structured so that the buck stops nowhere. Remember the seven tobacco CEOs all telling Congress with a straight face and under oath that nicotine is not addictive?
    I prefer the Japanese system, where CEOs accept full responsibility when they screw up.
    Seppuku’s not a bad idea either.

  3. klemz

    How would Congress dissolve Halliburton?

    • A girl can dream, klemz.

    • stop paying them.

      same way most businesses collapse….

      works great- i have experience in this ;)

      • halliburton is a good start but we could do more along this line to alleviate the growing deficit.

        privatization has resulted in no savings at all over the past 35 years since reagan and the repubs pushed us into trusting profiteers to do our business..

        privatization has resulted in massive fraud on the us treasury and encourages overspending by congress pushed on by lobbyists. it is time the government hired it’s own again.

  4. So, this might be the beginning of the end for BP. I know that there is a limit to the financial responsibility that they will bear, but there is no end to the bad press that will result. Today won’t help, but I think the shareholders already know how this can play out.

    Isn’t it ironic that they hadn’t pumped any oil from this well yet.

    • Big Swede

      Beginning of the end there bink?

      Confirmation is a beautiful thing.

      The Further Left You Are the Less You Know About Economics:
      Todd Zywicki • May 6, 2010 8:23 pm

      Some of the results in this new article by Zeljka Buturovic and Dan Klein in Econ Journal Watch (a peer-reviewed journal of economics) are startling:

      67% of self-described Progressives believe that restrictions on housing development (i.e., regulations that reduce the supply of housing) do not make housing less affordable.
      51% believe that mandatory licensing of professionals (i.e., reducing the supply of professionals) doesn’t increase the cost of professional services.
      Perhaps most amazing, 79% of self-described Progressive believe that rent control (i.e., price controls) does not lead to housing shortages.

      In short after reading this study you guys are clueless.




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