Every once in a while, it seems, if you say enough things, you'll hit upon something that is true and right. Such is the case with former Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin, who famously chanted "drill, baby, drill" at the Republican National Convention to show her support for the then-Republican proposed plan to open drilling 50 to 100 miles off the coasts of the Eastern, Western and Southern U.S., now seems to have done a 180, and is criticizing the Obama administration's response (or lack thereof) to the catastrophic leak. Such bald-faced hypocrisy is rare, even in politics, but in this case it may actually be warranted.
Palin, speaking on Fox News Sunday, said that while she still supports off shore drilling, she does expect oil companies to be responsible should an accident happen. She also talked about the "cozy" relationship between BP and the Obama administration, and accused the "lame stream" media of being negligent in not reporting the contributions the President received as a candidate. While candidate Obama did receive over $77,000 in contributions from BP (the most of any candidate), it paled in comparison to the $2.4 million that was contributed to the McCain campaign by gas and oil companies in total, and was more than twice as much as the nearly $900,000 that went to Obama's
Even so, one has to wonder at what point does an administration that saw fit to step in and rescue giant corporations like General Motors, decide to afford the same concern to citizens of the gulf coast. Environmentalists are already upset with the administration for failing to adequately disclose the amount of oil that is actually leaking.
BP, for it's part, is going back to the drawing board once again hoping that using heavy mud and cement will finally enable them to plug the leak, which is now over a month old. Perhaps an organized boycott of BP, or a massive demonstration in front of the White House will give the the apparently dumbfounded players in this tragedy sufficient motivation to STOP THE DAMN LEAK ALREADY!
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