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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Where Does Accountability End?

Within the conservative community, there is the continued call for accountability - being responsible for you actions, admitting what you have done, and taking corrective steps. This, however, doesn't apply to everyone and most certainly not to anyone within the conservative realm. When it comes to BP and the ongoing disaster that they caused, it seems that accountability has an expiration point.

Michelle Bachman keeps up the "Chicago Gangster" meme with her latest "Constitutional" argument against the Obama administration.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday that President Barack Obama is exceeding his legitimate constitutional authority in telling BP it must set up an independent fund, not controlled by the company, for compensating victims of the Gulf oil spill. She described the administration's policy as an action "that's all about extortion."

"Private companies need to be held accountable but not necessarily to the executive branch," said Bachmann. "It seems to me there’s a misreading of the Constitution and a misunderstanding of jurisdictional limits from this White House on what the extent of executive power is. They don’t seem to understand that and it—now it seems that it’s all about extortion--and that what they want to do is create a pot of money for themselves that they can control and that’s not what the Executive is supposed to do. There is a real misreading of jurisdictional limits, and they continue to stretch those limits beyond all bounds."

Bachman's insistence that the Obama administration is violating their Constitutional authority simply reeks of her inability to see two feet past her own nose. Any time she or any other conservative bring up the Constitution in relation to Obama, it's often a stretch of the actual language contained within the document.

What do people like Bachman expect the administration to do? First they scream and cry because government isn't doing enough and now they are screaming because they are going too far. Not only that, but is Bachman claiming that BP should be liable for their own negligence - that they are free from any recourse when it comes to the need to compensate for the ecological disaster they have caused?

1 comment:

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

It is unbelievable how this twit actually has the hutzpah to say what she does. It is such blantant cronyism that it makes my head spin around. I don't know how you live this sludge everyday and not find yourself on a water tower with a rifle. I am Canadian and this stuff infuriates me. Keep fighting the good fight. I appreciate your reporting and rationale analysis.

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