GOP House Speaker-in-Waiting Boehner Suggests Taxpayer Bail Out for Gulf Clean Up

Speaker-To-Be Boehner

Speaker-To-Be Boehner

If Republicans win back Congress this November, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is in line to replace Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as speaker. At his weekly press conference this week, Boehner was asked who should pay for cleaning up the Gulf oil spill:

“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…

Yea, those nasty feds. Greedy, grimy bastards. Let’s stick it to ‘em!

Hey, wait a minute. The “federal government?” He means us — the American taxpayers. But wouldn’t that be like a bail out of BP?

Wait ’til the tea baggers hear about this!

Boehner was reacting to a statement last week from the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Republican pressure group, demanding that taxpayers’ pick up part of the tab for cleaning up the BP disaster. BP is a donor to the Chamber.

“Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up,” wrote Chamber Pres. Tom Donohue in a statement last Friday. “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.”

Interesting, isn’t it, how on every other issue the Chamber and its congressional lapdogs say they want the federal government to stay out of the way of business interests.

A few hour after Boehner’s press briefing, his office tried to clarify his remark. What the speaker-to-be meant to say was the spill is Pres. Obama’s fault:

“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.”

UPDATE: The non-denial denial above not being sufficient, the office of the speaker-to-be has issued a firmer denial:

According to Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, the GOP leader stood by what he’s said since May 3 — “Not a dime of taxpayer money should be used to clean up [BP’s] mess.”

“He’s said for a month now that BP will bear the full burden of this disaster,” said Steel.

The “responsibility” Boehner was talking about was not taxpayer money cleaning up the spill. It was whatever reform and restructuring comes after the leak is stopped. As Boehner put it this morning, his preferred plan of action is “figure out what the hell went wrong, and then have the hearing and get the damn law fixed!”

Right. “Taking responsibility” really means “reform” and “restructuring” — just like when Sarah Palin tells her gun-obsessed, tea bagger followers, “Don’t Retreat, Instead — RELOAD!” what she really means is “vote.”

Bottom line: Boehner’s words now will be rendered meaningless if the GOP wins control of Congress in the fall, and their bosses at the Chamber want a taxpayer bailout of BP. You can take that to the bank.

5 Responses »

  1. Allen S. June 10, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

    The Tea Buggers will not care because it is not Obama saying this. You watch, you will NEVER EVER hear these idiots say a word about boner. He should be taken down to the Gulf coast and dipped HEAD FIRST in the oil, then ask him, hey hows this oil affecting your fake suntan now. Course it is now orange just like his tan. Maybe that is why his tan is orange, maybe he has been swimming in the Gulf..lol!!!

  2. William Harris June 10, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    So, the government that should stay out of businesses way should be blamed for lack of regulation?

    Either business and the market can take care of things, or the government has to get involved. Or, perhaps, there is a middle ground? Why do I so often hear that the governments rule and involvement is the reason so many businesses are running themselves to the public’s detriment? This guy doesn’t seem to think so, it sounds like he’s saying that government should have been more involved in this one before the spill occurred?

  3. Marvin June 10, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    Oh please let America not be so stupid as to put the Republicans back in charge of anything.

  4. Nikolai June 11, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    Boner is saying it’s the government’s responsibility because he wants to involve Obama, and since Obama’s detractors will lock on to ANYTHING negative (perceived or real) VIOLA! Boner has spun his web! Besides, wealthy repub pols will NEVER own up to their mistakes (deregulation) and they will NEVER dis big daddy oil.

  5. political forums September 12, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    It’s sad that this all politics is about these days: just destroy the other side. I don’t know if that’s what Democrats did every day during Bush’s Presidency, but that seems to be what the Republicans are doing every day now.

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