Saturday, May 22, 2010

Rand Paul Defends British Petroleum: "Accidents Happen"

Rand Paul, who won the Republican state primary in Kentucky and is popular with the Tea Party, would have modified the 1964 Civil Rights Act to give private businesses the right to discriminate. Regarding the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Paul again is unreservedly on the side of business, contending that the Obama administration's crackdown on British Petroleum as "un-American." Watch:

Paul: What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, “I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.” I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault. Instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen. I mean, we had a mining accident that was very tragic and I’ve met a lot of these miners and their families. They’re very brave people to do a dangerous job. But then we come in and it’s always someone’s fault. Maybe sometimes accidents happen. (h/t Think Progress)

Paul is in an awful rush to exonerate BP, despite the fact that it is responsible for an explosion that killed 11 workers and is spilling millions of gallons of oil. In addition, independent scientists doubt BP's estimates of how much oil is being spilled, regardless of Paul's belief that the oil giant is ready to pay.

One also must be struck by the fact that while he finds it "un-American" to criticize business, it's at least legally acceptable in Rand Paul's America to deny food and lodging to black people.

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