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Were BP 'small people' comments lost in translation? Share your thoughts.

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By Ann Telnaes  |  June 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Posted by: tradeshoes04 | June 24, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: carbonhog

“Sure wish the President would return over $1Mil in BP campaign contributions to show those BP snobs?”


“ $20 billion: Size of fund BP has agreed to create to pay for claims associated with the Gulf oil disaster.
$239 billion: BP's sales and other operating revenue in 2009.
$9 million - $14.5 million: The value of stock in oil and gas companies held by members of the House of Representatives and Senate who are charged with oil and gas oversight.”
----Public Citizen

WISH that the Bush Family/Cheney Halliburton oil Billionaires AND the Congressmen and women cited above would be TOTALLY STRIPPED of Assets and spend the rest of their corrupt lives in absolute POVERTY!

Posted by: lufrank1 | June 20, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

carbonhog---Union members are generally Democrats and hard working people who put in long hours. UAW, IBEW, Iron Workers, and Teamsters are known for long work weeks and have hazardous jobs. They are the backbone of the Middle Class and do not like their tax dollars being spent on foolish wars, domestic intelligence, and unwarranted and mismanaged social programs like Social Security of which I have paid a lot of money into that I fear will never get. I am unemployed right now because of corrupt Republicans who first targeted my Father because he was an honest man who had become involved in local politics as a Republican and was also a working class IBEW Union member that refused to go along with their corrupt ways. Something tragic happened to my Mother as a result of trying to cover-up their corrupted actions that they feared she might unintentionally expose. He eventually gave up on his party because they were so corrupt and arrogant in this area of Indiana but totally dominate even until this day.
The Democratic Party was primarily made up of the working class people like himself and also myself. He obviously would have been better off to have been a Democrat. He was able to work for the local utility company for 40 yrs. as a lineman and worked hard most of his life. He was married to my Mother for 47 years up until her mysterious death in 1996. He died not long ago never realizing what had been done to her or himself by these people. Because of what had been done to them and what resulted after he left the area of which I still reside has caused local govt intelligence to follow myself and my sister around where she lives and works in a very mysterious way ever since. I have been involved in investigating it now for more than a year. His story along with mine would be the perfect example why the Republican party has failed most Americans. Especially an honest working man who came from meager beginnings as a farmer and became concerned about the community he had moved too.

carbonhog find a way to get in touch with me and I will tell you the whole story about the corrupt and dishonest Republicans that I am aware of.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 20, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Hard working people don't ask for handouts democrats do. Show otherwise. Give one example where democrats don't always when things get though, get tough, asking for somebody else's hard earned money?

Posted by: carbonhog | June 19, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

carbonhog---I am sure the crew of the Deepwater Horizon were hard workers and dedicated to their profession. Poor planning and decision making beyond their control caused 11 of them to lose their lives. I saw no tears coming from this snooty BP CEO over there loss. I wonder how many of them might have been Democrats. It should not really matter because all of them were Human Beings trying to make a living for themselves and their families. Here in central Indiana Republicans seem to be lazy, dishonest, and also the type that prefer to cut corners and make the wrong decisions just like those BP managers did.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 19, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Victims of themselves are people who never take a chance because they keep voting democrat and believing in something for nothing when all something takes is hard work

Posted by: carbonhog | June 18, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

BP execs probably heard Obama use a similar term and it got slightly changed in translation. Since Obama believes only academicians carry any weight when it comes to crafting solutions and that everyone else is too stupid to grasp the intellectual brilliance of his and their solutions - yet to be proven as such in either oil leaks, oil clean-up, or job creation - he probably used the term lightweights or its more academic label, dumbasses.

Posted by: JoeTH | June 18, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The "small people" are victims of government tyranny, victims of theives, murderers, swindlers, and other criminals of similar ilk. You know, the idea of a "small person" vanished in the early years of this country. Why? Because back then it was acceptable to violently revolt against government tyranny. When the tax collectors came to take more than you could afford to give, when theives tried to steal your horse, when a drunken thug tried to molest your wife or daughter, it was acceptable for you to shoot the animal dead.

That kind of personal veto power leveled the playing field. The crooks knew that if they pushed too hard that they'd pay the ultimate price. Everyone was a sovereign, every man, no matter how poor, was the equal of a king.

Maybe it's time to bring back that concept. Stop putting up with theives, con artists, and gang bangers; whether their unorganized thugs, organized corporate criminals, or government officials.

Posted by: mhoust | June 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes, "carbonhoh"! The SAME DAY as Mc Cain returns HIS, and McCain doen't even have anything to show for his "take" from BP cuz HE LOST!!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 18, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The best movie ever made about SMALL PEOPLE was "Forest Gump". A story of a man who was so mentally challenged he was way ahead of everyone else. Who could ever forget Bubba Gump Shrimp. Love and Respect is the best recipe for happiness. The best line in that movie is "MIRACLES DO HAPPEN. THEY REALLY DO.". I hope and pray that America can one day run out of it's leg braces.

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 18, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

This slip of the lip shows the attitude not just of BP but of most mega-corporations. Because of the wealth and power we give them by buying their products and allowing them to influence laws, regulations, regulators, politicians and policies they feel they can do what they want, when they want to and how they want. They seem to feel they are too big and powerful to nail.

Posted by: MyVoice3 | June 18, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Yes, it actually was lost in translation. Svanberg is SWEDISH, not a Brit. I am also Swedish. In our language, "small people" means ordinary citizens without power in a situation like this, not people who are short or stupid or anything like that.

But that said, I still think he shouldn't have said that, even in Swedish. It's a very dated phrase. He should have said citizens who have suffered the consequences of the oil spill, or something like that.

Posted by: asoders22 | June 18, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

This is typical English upper class thinking. If you have no power, you are small people. For your information, you English high class snoot, the world belong to us, small people. You aristocrats are going to be extinct.

Posted by: kenny4 | June 17, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

One thing I would like to add. The Aristocracy would go hungry, unclothed, and without shelter if it wasn't for all of US LITTLE PEOPLE!

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 17, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ann---Excellent illustration. What an arrogant Brit. Maybe the Queen of England would like to donate the Royal Yacht along with attached oil booms to help clean up this mess. Which I might add may never end because the well is deeper and damaged more than has actually been revealed.

WE little people have an advantage over the Aristocracy. We are more honest with one another and much more secure with each other because of it. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 17, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sure wish the President would return over $1Mil in BP campaign contributions to show those BP snobs?

Posted by: carbonhog | June 17, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

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