Over the last weeks, the Obama administration and media have taken great pains in pointing out Republican relations with Big Oil. It's always more fun to focus on evil Republicans than the dismal handling of a disaster on behalf of your golden boy — or is it a golden calf? At this point, who's to say?
Of course it should be no secret that Barack Obama has quite a cozy relationship with Big Oil himself. From the massive campaign contributions, to the colossal no-bid contracts given out to Halliburton, Obama's fostered a relationship with Big Oil that would make Captain Planet shave his mullet in mourning.
Sadly, Hollywood and the media rarely pay those stories much attention because when you think of Big Oil, they want you to think of Dick Cheney, evil Texans and yachting enthusiasts with meerschaum pipes.
It's easy to hate oil companies, except for when you need to fill your car with gas, keep warm in the winter, use deodorant, lipstick or any other sort of plastic products — all brought to you courtesy of petroleum. That's not to mention all of our daily consumables that often have to be transported halfway around the globe on ships and trucks that don't exactly run on farts. If they did, Bill Schulz would power us into the next century.
And if oil companies, who give substantially to both parties, own the Republicans, what about the unions that donate 100 percent of contributions to Democrats every year? One needs look no further than the auto bailout (i.e. union bailout) and the current state of our public education system to see the kind of favors that have come into play there. Though they did promise to still love Obama in the morning.
See, right now is not the time to be playing the political blame game and the Big Oil/Republican version isn't even a legitimate one to play. How about less finger-pointing, more focus on fixing the leak and mitigating damage. At least, that's what an overwhelming majority of Americans want.
And if you disagree with us, you're probably a racist oilman who cruises schools in your paneled van. I hear it's carpeted.