JEFF PEARLMAN

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Oil’s Oddball Twist

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In regards to the ongoing B.P. disaster, Republicans are screaming, “What is Obama doing?”

Which is a fair question. But not to be asked by Republicans. Who want government out of our lives. And have spent years trying to give corporations even greater power.

Corporations like B.P.

You can’t have it both ways. If you believe in corporate American and a completely free market, and you want the president and congress to have as little impact as possible, then stop whining about Obama allowing B.P. to dictate the terms of the cleanup. Because it actually symbolizes your ultimate goal—a company doing the government’s job.

If, on the other hand, you believe in government, and you want regulation, you have every right to be pissed at Obama.

Right now, I am.