That’s Congressman Joe Barton, the person the Republicans would make the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee if they take over the House next year.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey?
“I’m fascinated with it. I’m against it — there is no doubt that BP has resititution to make, but there is something called due process through the legitimate judicial branch of government through which these things should be adjudicated.”
Guess all those 9/11 widows should give the money back, then?
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN):
“The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund,” said Bachmann. “And now it appears like we’ll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government.
Yes, how dare we redistribute wealth from those responsible for harming others and giving it to those they harmed. Does she not know that’s precisely what our legal system is designed to do?!?
Governor Haley Barbour, head of the RGA, and Governor of Mississippi(!):
“I do worry that this idea of making them make a huge escrow fund is going to make it less likely that they’ll pay for everything. They need their capital to drill wells. They need their capital to produce income. … But this escrow bothers me that it’s going to make them less able to pay us what they owe us. And that concerns me.”
And it goes on and on…
In fact, while writing this post, Talking Points Memo just reported that the head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, shares Burton’s views.
The only real dissent seems to be coming from Florida Republican Jeff Miller who called on Barton to resign as Ranking Member of the Committee over his remarks.
These are the people running to take over the House and the Senate from the Democrats, folks. Wake up!