Obama Points to Hypocritical GOP Anti-Regulation Lawmakers, Now Shouting About BP Disaster
June 12, 2010
(ChattahBox)—As Republican lawmakers in Congress rail against President Obama’s response to the Gulf Oil Disaster, with some calling for a government takeover of the cleanup efforts, Obama reminds the GOP of their strident opposition to government regulations and “takeovers,” just a few months earlier. Obama sat down for an interview with the returning chief political columnist for Politico, Roger Simon, in which he reminded voters of the blatant hypocrisy of anti-regulation Republicans.
President Obama pointed out the absurdity of pro-big oil lawmakers now advocating a complete government takeover of BP’s cleanup response:
“I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending.”
Obama also remarked on the hypocrisy of the “drill, baby drill” tea party movement that accused the President of being a Socialist trampling on their freedoms with government overreach. Now, teapartiers are howling for more government intervention to solve the Gulf oil disaster:
“Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”
The remainder of Politico’s interview with the President will appear on Sunday.
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