John Boehner Shows His True Colors: American People Will Pay for BP Clean-up
House Minority leader and corporate bankster stooge John Boehner said he thinks taxpayers should help pick up the tab for the clean up. “I think the people responsible in the oil spill — BP and the federal government — should take full responsibility for what’s happening there,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference, according to TPM Muckraker (emphasis added).
The federal government, of course, pays for stuff — including cleaning up after transactional corporations — by borrowing money and adding to the national debt.
Boehner made his comments after US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue said everybody has to chip in for the BP oil spill clean-up.
“It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game,” he said. “Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up. We are all going to have to do it. We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies and we will figure out a way to do that.”
Change the laws of the game? Since when does the American tax payer have to pay for a supposed accident by a transnational corporation? Since the monopoly men took over the government in the late 1800s. It is now common practice for profits to be privatized by corporatists and banksters and the losses and downside to be socialized and paid for the chumps.
Republicans like to pretend they are for small government and minimal taxation. Did you see your taxes go down under Bush or Reagan? Government continued to grow under the statist Republicans. Bush the Lesser increased the national debt by nearly $5 trillion. When Bush took office, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion. That’s a difference of $4.97 trillion. Reagan increased U.S. national debt by almost $1.9 trillion during his term.
To be fair, Reagan actually cut income taxes, but an increase in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid taxes wiped out any gain. The bottom 40% of households paid out more of their income in federal taxes in 1988 than they had in 1980. The national debt was jacked up by funding a bloated military and its harebrained schemes like Star Wars designed to enrich the military-industrial complex. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve continued its manipulation of the fiat money supply in order to rob the American people through inflation.
It didn’t take long for Boehner to realize he had betrayed the often recited fairy tale that Democrats are about large “socialist” government and ever-increasing taxes while Republicans are supposedly about smaller government and fiscal responsibility.
“Boehner made a general statement about who is responsible for the spill, and the federal government oversight was clearly lacking, but he has said repeatedly that BP is responsible for the cost of the cleanup,” said spokesman Michael Steel.
See Boehner’s original quote above. He said “government” should be responsible for the clean-up. Government means the people of the United States. It means the government will borrow trillions more from the banksters and saddle the children of our children with debt and slavery.
In Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith fed truth into the flaming maw of the memory hole and paved the way for official lies. In America, circa 2010, the memory hole is still under construction and the truth still manages to occasionally see the light of day — for now.