'Drill Baby Drill,' Still?

RECEIVED Thu., May 13, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Speaking of “free” markets, “Drill baby drill!” is still the Republican chant of the decade, even more so in the face of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an “accident” now approaching Exxon Valdez proportions. Does it matter that BP has spent more than $110 million dollars lobbying Congress for relaxed standards in the 2008-2009 calendar years? Is it an accident when they fail to put the proper safety protections in place? Does it mean anything that BP's profits (what is left after paying all the costs associated with making and selling its product and presumably includes the above-mentioned lobbying, plus clean-up if any from previous “accidents”) for 2009 were more than $8.6 billion, up 94% from 2008? I suppose those slacker single moms and homeless welfare cheats can be put to work combing tar balls from the beach.
Daniel Lea
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