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Joe Barton Apologizes to BP June 20, 2010

Congressman Joe Barton (R) who represents the 6th district of Texas is under fire for accusing the White House of engaging in what he called a "$20 billion shakedown" -- requiring BP to establish a fund to compensate victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  He apologized to the oil giant's CEO, Tony Hayward, on Thursday morning during a congressional hearing into the April 20 oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers, unleashed a flood of oil that has yet to be stemmed and has been widely called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.  Read more at Politico, or Fox.  See Ben Steins take on the issue at The American Spectator.  Even if the right thing for BP to do would be to set up an escrow account does that justify the Obama administration forcing their will on a private company?  Should proper legal measures be taken?  Or is this a special case where the ends justify the means and it is ok to side step our legal system and have government function like a dictatorship?

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