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People hate BP and want Obama's boot on its neck

New numbers from Rasmussen, which tends to tilt conservative, show just how disliked BP really is and how much the public wants them held accountable for the Gulf disaster:

Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of BP?

4% Very favorable

18% Somewhat favorable

39% Somewhat unfavorable

33% Very unfavorable

Seventy-two percent have a somewhat or very unfavorable view of the company. And there's this:

Who should pay for the clean-up from the oil leak -- the companies who were drilling for oil, the government or both?

79% The companies who were drilling for oil

1% The government

17% Both

Not to pile on, but the public seems to want Obama to shine that boot and bring it down -- hard. There does seem to be a real appetite for a more aggressive accounting for the spill than we've seen to date.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 2, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  Climate change  
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18% + 4% = 22%

Pretty dang close to that diehard core that stuck with W until the end and routinely poll so far out in right field they're sitting in the parking lot... of the ballfield in the next city over.

Posted by: holyhandgrenaid | June 2, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

BRING ON THE BOOT!

OT, Diebold settles with SEC over huge fraud investigation!:

Diebold Inc. agreed to pay $25 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges alleging the company engaged in a fraudulent accounting scheme to inflate earnings, finalizing a settlement that had been reached in principle more than a year ago.

The settlement relates to an inquiry the SEC conducted over the last several years, the agency said Wednesday.

Diebold, which makes automated teller machines and provides security services, first announced the SEC probe in March 2009, when it said now-former finance chief Kevin Krakora received a Wells notice relating to an investigation. Mr. Krakora stepped down then, although he remained with the company in a non-financial position. The company's prior finance chief and other former employees also received Wells notices.

Diebold, in May 2009, agreed to a settlement in principle with SEC staff on civil charges and booked a charge related to the $25 million settlement in the first quarter of 2009.

Diebold neither admitted nor denied the charges in agreeing to the payment.

According to the complaint against Diebold, the company manipulated its earnings from "at least" 2002 through 2007 to meet financial performance forecasts, and made material misstatements and omissions in dozens of SEC filings and press releases. The SEC alleged Diebold's actions misstated the company's reported pretax earnings by at least $127 million. According to the complaint, Diebold manipulated reserves and accruals, improperly delayed and capitalized expenses and wrote up the value of used inventory, among other actions.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703561604575282842033740312.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

All offshore drilling must be halted at once, and should not be allowed to resume until all the pipe lines have been equipped with triple redundancy relief pipes, such are now being drilled, and will take at least until August to be finished, and who knows if they will even work, when finished, or if they will be any safer than the one that is now leaking.

Shut down the extraction of all offshore oil now, until a safe redundant pipe system is installed at every site.

The current massive spill has shown that unless we have relief pipelines already in place, at each site, then the same disasters, that can take months to stop, can happen over and over.

"When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is: Stop Digging."

Shut down all platforms immediately, until they can be outfitted for rapid switch to relief pipe installations.

No more oil extraction until we are certain that we will have no more prolonged spills.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Liam-slave:
"No more oil extraction until we are certain that we will have no more prolonged spills."

I wonder how you react to airline crashes.

Do you likewaise demand that ALL airlines everywhere be grounded until your little moonbat noggin is assuaged with your trusted tyrant's "certainties"?

How about child electrocutions in the home?

Should we shut down the entire nationwide power grid until we are certain no child can ever electrocute themselves anywhere again?

You're so ridiculous in your hyperbole that it's literally self-parodying.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Slave Sargent:

An 80%-20% BP & Parties/ Federal split sounds about right.

The bulk of what blame there is obviously lies with BP et al, but the Feds, through their MMS/EPA/USCG lax enforcement and dilatory response to Jindal's dredging plans, are not blameless in this either.

80-20 sounds about right.

Looking forward to the criminal investigations of the crooked Federal crats with as much alacrity as the prosecutions of the BP people.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Rather a leap from quite unremarkable survey findings to the sensational headline.

Anyone surprised most people have at least a "somewhat unfavorable" view of BP and think it should pay for clean up?

Gibbs told us the "boot on the neck" imagery was over the top. You are saying he was wrong? Based on this survey?

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Birther Bilgey is off his meds again.

He imagines that a single plane crash can be just as devastating to the environment, and livelihood of millions of people, as the BP Gulf Waters spill has been, and will continue to be.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Slave Sargent:

I DID notice that you don't seem to mind using Rasmussen data when it suits your meme-mastering purposes...

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 2, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul, Birther Bilgey, and Toon Town Lawyer, are all going to meet up at a tattoo parlor to get their "We Heart BP" oil tramp stamps done!!

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Liam-slave;

Hey, I'll put a word in with some people I know to get you a gig as assistant oiled pelican-sponger.

I realize that it's beyond your present skill-set, but BP is paying goobs like you $12 whole dollars an hour to wipe up oil off of mangrove trees.

12 clams an hour...think of all the extra taxes you could afford!

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 2, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Folks,

See what happens when Birther Bilgey gets off his meds.

He starts talking out of both sides of his http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/kirk_campaign_mum_on_another_a.htmlArse.

First he object to the suggestion that the Federal Government should halt offshore oil extraction until they have made sure that it can be done so, with a repeat of the current massive and prolonged oil spill disaster.

Then Birther Bilgey turns right around and requests that the Federal Government be criminally investigated for not enforcing inspection standards.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Folks,

See what happens when Birther Bilgey gets off his meds.

He starts talking out of both sides of his Arse.

First he objects to the suggestion that the Federal Government should halt offshore oil extraction until they have made sure that it can be done so, with a repeat of the current massive and prolonged oil spill disaster. He compares the damage done by this huge spill to just what happens when a single plane crashes.

Then Birther Bilgey turns right around and requests that the Federal Government be criminally investigated for not enforcing inspection standards.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Now Birther Bilgey is scoffing at the Gulf Coast people who are trying to keep food on their tables, and a roof over their heads, by cleaning up the massive oil spill that was caused by BP.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"12 clams an hour...think of all the extra taxes you could afford!"

LOLOLOLOLOL

Poor Liam/r, he actually thinks that way.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul, Birther Bilgey, and Toon Town Lawyer are going to the same tattoo parlor to add to their "We Heart BP" Tramp Stamps. Below it they are going to have added: "And We Will Not Pay Any Taxes To The Federal Government. Let The Barter Rabbits To Pay For National Defense, and Highway Construction."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's interpret Rasmussen's presidential approval/disapproval surveys the same way Greg interprets its BP survey.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/obama_approval_index_month_by_month

Here is how Greg's headline might read:

"A Solid Majority of the Public Hates Obama and Wants A Boot on His Neck."

Seem reasonable?

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 2, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

* Alex Sink asks BP exec to see oil personally *

Here's CFO Alex Sink on the oil spill: “Tony Hayward, his company British Petroleum, and his oil are projected to violate the pristine beaches and crystal clear ocean water of northwest Florida — and I expect him to be in Pensacola to see firsthand the damage his oil is causing."

"Mr. Hayward, you said you thought the impact of this leak would be 'modest.' However, it's apparent that there is no effort too great to be put into play now – more boom, more sifting machines, more tractors, more resources and more money for our residents and businesses. We need everything your huge, multi-billion corporation can afford, including a visible, high-level presence of BP executives to be on-site and accountable to Floridians.”

http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2010/06/sink-asks-bp-exec-to-see-oil-personally.html

Alex Sink is the Dem candidate for Gov in Florida.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 2, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

That BP CEO, Tony Hayward, sure comes across as a self absorbed, Oily Weasel.

The Little jerk said recently: "I want my life back.".

As if the gulf coast victims of his companies negligent practices are having a picnic!!

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Some non-partisan facts for hysterical moonbat twit Liam-slave:

And of these 10, I wager you were aware of only ONE, the 1991 Gulf War deliberate spill.

Even the Amoco Cadiz spill, which splooged French wetlands, didn't put Froggy clam-diggers out of business FOREVER, as you claim that BP's Macondo well is doing to South Louisiana.

You're just having an eco-joygasm with your own self.

I guess you got to get it where you CAN, eh?

BTW...the pelican job is filled, but I think I can get you a gig taking a tooth-brush to an oyster.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 2, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/coal-oil-gas/biggest-oil-spills-in-history

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

QB:
""A Solid Majority of the Public Hates Obama and Wants A Boot on His Neck."

Seem reasonable?"

Well...decidedly not.

I don't want a boot on his neck necessarily, but if that's what it takes to plug his damned hole...

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Off His Meds Birther Bilgey wants no tightening of the inspections and standards on off shore oil extraction, while at the same time calling for the criminal investigation of the federal government for not maintaining strict oversight on the oil extraction operations.

Typical Double Speak From Birther Bilgey.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 2, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh:

"Administration officials dangled the possibility of a job for former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff last year in hopes he would forgo a challenge to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, administration officials said Wednesday, just days after the White House admitted orchestrating a similar job offer in the Pennsylvania Senate race."

Posted by: sbj3 | June 2, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

* Halliburton campaign donations spike *

The Texas-based oil giant’s political action committee made 14 contributions during the month of May, according to a federal campaign report filed Wednesday — 13 to Republicans and one to a Democrat. It was the busiest donation month for Halliburton’s PAC since September 2008.

Of the 10 current members of Congress who got money from Halliburton in May, seven are on committees with oversight of the oil spill and its aftermath.

About one week before executive Timothy Probert appeared before the House Energy and Commerce’s investigative subcommittee, Halliburton donated $1,500 to Ranking Republican Joe Barton's reelection effort. It was Halliburton’s second-largest donation of the month — topped only by $2,500 to former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who is running for the Senate.

In the Senate, Idaho Republican Mike Crapo, who serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, who serves on the Commerce Committee and North Carolina Republican Richard Burr (N.C.), who serves on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, all got $1,000. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also got $1,000.

In the House Reps. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who serves on the Natural Resources Committee, Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) and Dave Camp (R-Mich.) all received $1,000 from the oil giant.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38047.html

Heckuva job, GOP!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 2, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

All, happy hour roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/happy_hour_roundup_20.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 2, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I understand why everyone hates BP, but I think they're easy too easy blame and I don't think people are being fair. Impartially, what about the American born company that drilled the well - clearly un-stable?! Or the US government that signed off on allowing oil companies to drill off-shore when clearly the technology is not there yet. This has never happened before either, I think losing so much money in stocks is punishment enough, not less but all the pension schemes worth nothing now because of the fund managers that went with BP stocks. The importance of BP in pensions in huge. I understand the US president's view but he knows he can't do anything, and he is as to blame as much as BP for allowing this to happen.

When a US company spilled oil all of the British Isles, the British didn't blame the US company, it's 'one of those things', and it happens, all you can do is do all you can to make it not happen again.

Blaming BP is far too easy for my liking. Maybe Obama should put his foot the the US government, or the company that drilled the well, just a little bit, instead of blaming one company when clearly this is not the fault of one organization.

Posted by: stevetaylor20 | June 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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