Right Wing Tries To Socialize Oil Companies with “Obama’s Katrina”

Republicans Scream for Obama to Take Over Private Sector


In calling the BP oil spill “Obama’s Katrina”; conservatives infer that the President did not act fast enough. However, not only has this meme been debunked, but it goes to the central hypocrisy of the current conservative moment, whose only consistent value is to oppose Obama in order to destroy his Presidency. Conservatives are attempting to foist all responsibility for the clean up of the private sector caused oil spill onto the President. In fact, the conservative effort to label this as Obama’s Katrina represents the Conservative endorsement of socialism.

Obama originally voted against expansion of off-shore drilling as a senator, though he did signal his willingness to compromise on the issue if it could be tackled in an environmentally sensitive manner, in order to achieve a comprehensive energy policy that could bring down gas prices.

Later, as President, Obama broke his campaign promise to retain the moratorium on off-shore drilling in a horse trade with Republicans in order to get a broader climate change bill through Congress.

“Obama said the decision to allow oil rigs off the Atlantic coast was a painful one, but that it would help reduce US dependence on imported oil.”

“This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly,” the president said. “But the bottom line is this: given our energy needs, in order to sustain economic growth, produce jobs, and keep our businesses competitive, we’re going to need to harness traditional sources of fuel even as we ramp up production of new sources of renewable, homegrown energy.”

Clearly, these are not the words or actions of a man who embraced “Drill, Baby Drill” as an entire energy platform and yet conservatives are rushing to blame him for the tragic BP spill. Obama begrudgingly embraced their energy policy in order to get votes for his environmentally friendly energy policy. If you’re waiting for their ownership of the problems inherent in Drill, Baby, Drill, you’ll be waiting a long time because once again, instead of reasonable debate about the issues, we’re being treated to the screech and blame game.

The facts are that the spill appears to be a result of massive safety deregulation for oil rigs.

Obama is a Democratic President who believes government plays a role in the lives of the people; hence he has accepted this responsibility (while noting that BP will pay for the clean-up). However, this notion that government has a role to play is a value that Conservatives do not share. In fact, they want the government out of everything these days. So why do they suddenly want to hold the federal government accountable for the private sector?

Conservatives and in particular Teabaggers have been accusing the President of “socializing” private sector business both through health care reform and the Bush bail-outs (yes, I know). So, they are supposedly against socialization as they define it, which would be government having any role in the lives of the people and government interfering in private business. In the past, conservatives stood for free market principles but the modern day conservative movement has taken this to an extreme, which now includes careless and ruthless deregulation in addition to the notion that corporations rights to make a profit automatically override civil rights, workers rights and social justice.

Given these principles, it is manifestly hypocritical and disingenuous for them to be screaming that Obama is responsible at all for the BP clean up the oil spill, especially since it was Republican President George W. Bush who signed off on lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling in 2008. Furthermore, in suggesting that Obama allowed this to happen, they are saying that regulations and oversight should have been in place to avoid this.

Thus, conservatives are arguing that government has a role to play in our lives, which goes against the very tenets of modern day conservatism. Were they to stay true to their principles, they would be upset that federal money was being spent to help BP clean up after their own accident, an accident which they would defend as the cost of “energy independence” (never mind that the concept of energy independence being solely defined as drilling here and drilling now is patently absurd). Free market principles would dictate that BP would fail as a result of their own irresponsibility, not that Obama would bail them out.

The facts are that the energy lobbyists have been recklessly and systematically deregulating their industry for the last 15 years. Deregulation is a free market value, which is a conservative value.

In a sane world, reasonable oversight and regulation would be balanced with free market principles. But the conservatives have abandoned all of their principles in in the Neo-con push for Profit as King and indeed, their effort to derail the Obama presidency. The irony is that in pushing for no oversight, they’ve created companies that will fail. When Profit is King, safety, accountability and honesty are pushed aside, as without any reason to protect their reputations even, companies will continue to feed their bottom line first. The possibility of bad PR for many of these companies should have been the mitigating factor in a free market economy, and yet they are largely protected from bad PR by the modern day conservatives’ notion of socializing the downside for the private sector.

When these companies fail as BP did, conservatives are now pushing for the Democratic president who votes AGAINST off shore drilling to clean up after their private sector mess. In other words, in calling BP’s massive oil spill “Obama’s Katrina”, conservatives are once again socializing the down side of their free market ideology.

11 Replies to “Right Wing Tries To Socialize Oil Companies with “Obama’s Katrina””

  1. IT AN AMERICAN DISASTER…. not a democratic oil spill or a republican oil spill….lets get tiogether clean this mess up and put in rules that will lesson it happening again…..yes we must drill, but drill in safer places….maybe it would be safer if done closer to our shores…i dont know…i do know there must be ways to keep us more independant and not destroy our earth….look oil is being drilled all over the world….obviously we dont have spills on a constant basis…..if bp can do it off the coast of africa they can do it off our coast….just clean it up and make it safer…

  2. NO – this safer mantra is not to be trusted esp. as long as deregulation is the NeoCon mantra and esp when Bush appointees are still in place and in charge of oversight.

    We put a man on the moon for God’s sakes – we have to pull our brainpower into getting off of oil at least to a much larger degree than we are and plan to be in the foreseeable future. We pioneered windpower technology but thanks to Saint Reagan – who laughed at Carter’s foresight to develop new energy technologies – now the Chinese and are kicking our asses in windpower.

    No we don’t have spills on a constant basis but we only need a few to destroy eco systems that are already beyond challenged with the pollution, the fishing industry and too many damn people on the planet.

    There are still long terms effects in AK from the Exxon Valdez.

    Its like saying to a person who is already sick, it’s not like you get malignant cancers all the time – one time is too many.

  3. @robert cobb,

    I am not the person who is so eager to blame the President that I am unwilling to be a part of the solution. That would be the conservative movement, who at every turn are trying to find something, anything, they can pin on this president out of their bitterness that they lost the election.

    Once again, instead of being a part of the solution, while we are at war and in a deep recession caused by their deregulation policies and scams, they point fingers of blame to score political points instead of stepping up to the table to craft reasonable energy policies based on reality (Drill, baby, drill is not a reasonable or practical energy solution).

  4. @robert cobb, I need to cle4ar this up the oil drilled off shore is sold to other countries. We have in the US light sweet crude which is expensive compared to heavy crude. So we buy heavy crude. We do not own the oil BP does not the US we need to stoip using Oil and turn to a natural renewable source of engery.

  5. “If you’re waiting for their (Republicans’) ownership of the problems inherent in Drill, Baby, Drill, you’ll be waiting a long time because once again, instead of reasonable debate about the issues, we’re being treated to the screech and blame game.”
    Yes, it IS an American disaster. And in order to avoid another, let’s consider its sources — unfettered deregulation, reckless, environmentally unsound drilling, and backwards energy policies. This is what Drill Baby, Drill gets ya.

  6. @Geo,

    And we’re waiting to see if the cementing was an issue– they’ve had problems with Halliburton’s cementing before…I know, you’re shocked.

    “In the case of the Deepwater Horizon, workers had finished pumping cement to fill the space between the pipe and the sides of the hole and had begun temporarily plugging the well with cement; it isn’t known whether they had completed the plugging process before the blast.

    Regulators have previously identified problems in the cementing process as a leading cause of well blowouts, in which oil and natural gas surge out of a well with explosive force…”

    would those regulators be the MMS folks who were a wee busy blowing cocaine off of one another and having sex with oil execs? Oh, my.

    In Norway and Brazil –major oil producing countries– they require the remote shut off device that would have prevented this from happening (if say, Halliburton screwed up the cementing)….But here, we do not mandate the use of a remote shut off.

    “The U.S. considered requiring a remote-controlled shut-off mechanism several years ago, but drilling companies questioned its cost and effectiveness, according to the agency overseeing offshore drilling. The agency, the Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service, says it decided the remote device wasn’t needed because rigs had other back-up plans to cut off a well.”

    I’ll bet the MMS didn’t think they needed to spend all of that money…what with the coke and the sex….

    For more on the regulator’s sudden reversal (under Bush) on the remote shut off valve, see:


  7. In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama’s life as a “secret smoker” and how he “went to great lengths to conceal the habit.” But what about Obama’s secret political life? It turns out that Obama’s childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.

    In his books, Obama admits attending “socialist conferences” and coming into contact with Marxist literature. But he ridicules the charge of being a “hard-core academic Marxist,” which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes.

    However, through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just “Frank.”

    The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What’s more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations.

    Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand-based libertarian activist, researcher and blogger, noted evidence that “Frank” was Frank Marshall Davis in a posting in March of 2007.

    Obama’s communist connection adds to mounting public concern about a candidate who has come out of virtually nowhere, with a brief U.S. Senate legislative record, to become the Democratic Party frontrunner for the U.S. presidency. In the latest Real Clear Politics poll average, Obama beats Republican John McCain by almost four percentage points.

    AIM recently disclosed that Obama has well-documented socialist connections, which help explain why he sponsored a “Global Poverty Act” designed to send hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. foreign aid to the rest of the world, in order to meet U.N. demands. The bill has passed the House and a Senate committee, and awaits full Senate action.

    But the Communist Party connection through Davis is even more ominous. Decades ago, the CPUSA had tens of thousands of members, some of them covert agents who had penetrated the U.S. Government. It received secret subsidies from the old Soviet Union.

    You won’t find any of this discussed in the David Mendell book, Obama: From Promise to Power. It is typical of the superficial biographies of Obama now on the market. Secret smoking seems to be Obama’s most controversial activity. At best, Mendell and the liberal media describe Obama as “left-leaning.”

    But you will find it briefly discussed, sort of, in Obama’s own book, Dreams From My Father. He writes about “a poet named Frank,” who visited them in Hawaii, read poetry, and was full of “hard-earned knowledge” and advice. Who was Frank? Obama only says that he had “some modest notoriety once,” was “a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during his years in Chicago…” but was now “pushing eighty.” He writes about “Frank and his old Black Power dashiki self” giving him advice before he left for Occidental College in 1979 at the age of 18.

    This “Frank” is none other than Frank Marshall Davis, the black communist writer now considered by some to be in the same category of prominence as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker. In the summer/fall 2003 issue of African American Review, James A. Miller of George Washington University reviews a book by John Edgar Tidwell, a professor at the University of Kansas, about Davis’s career, and notes, “In Davis’s case, his political commitments led him to join the American Communist Party during the middle of World War II-even though he never publicly admitted his Party membership.” Tidwell is an expert on the life and writings of Davis.

    Is it possible that Obama did not know who Davis was when he wrote his book, Dreams From My Father, first published in 1995? That’s not plausible since Obama refers to him as a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes and says he saw a book of his black poetry.

    The communists knew who “Frank” was, and they know who Obama is. In fact, one academic who travels in communist circles understands the significance of the Davis-Obama relationship.

    Professor Gerald Horne, a contributing editor of the Communist Party journal Political Affairs, talked about it during a speech last March at the reception of the Communist Party USA archives at the Tamiment Library at New York University. The remarks are posted online under the headline, “Rethinking the History and Future of the Communist Party.”

    Horne, a history professor at the University of Houston, noted that Davis, who moved to Honolulu from Kansas in 1948 “at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson,” came into contact with Barack Obama and his family and became the young man’s mentor, influencing Obama’s sense of identity and career moves. Robeson, of course, was the well-known black actor and singer who served as a member of the CPUSA and apologist for the old Soviet Union. Davis had known Robeson from his time in Chicago.

    As Horne describes it, Davis “befriended” a “Euro-American family” that had “migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago.”

    It was in Chicago that Obama became a “community organizer” and came into contact with more far-left political forces, including the Democratic Socialists of America, which maintains close ties to European socialist groups and parties through the Socialist International (SI), and two former members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), William Ayers and Carl Davidson.

  8. @jabberwonk, Plagiarizing substantive material is one thing, but plagiarizing made up horse sh@t to substantiate your silly positions just because it sounds academic-ish is something altogether different. I think I hear your Mother calling you.

  9. @jabberwonk,

    In other news, MGM just announced new summer horror film:

    “The Commie Community Organizer and His FEMA Camps for Morons”

    Apparently will be a big hit among the tin foil hat crowd.

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