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Cuccinelli, baby, Cuccinelli

By Tom Toles


Friday rant, oleaginous edition

Watching the blame-shifting over the oil spill this week only reinforces the idea that we have lost the sense of accountability for all actions that occur above your pay grade. Reinforced in a way the well head wasn't. The heavy mud and cement are being pumped instead into the public discourse. Corporations are people except when it comes accountability. Accountability is for the LITTLE people. Can't build jails fast enough for THEM. Wreck the economy? Destroy the Gulf of Mexico? "We're PROUD of how we conducted ourselves!"

Where ARE the conservatives on this? Isn't accountability one of those traditional bedrock values of the honorable person and the sound society? Isn't this what the salt-and-pepper patriarch schools his progeny in as he sits behind his walnut desk in his book-lined den? Or is he winking and sidling up to his kids and slavering special counsel about how to maneuver themselves into positions of power and wealth where they will be insulated from the consequences of their behavior? LET'S GUESS!

Really. There is poison in the system, and it's rising like crude out of the ocean floor. And the Titans rush to the scene with...DISPERSANTS! --Tom Toles



By Tom Toles  | May 14, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, Environment  
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There is no honor in the land of "dog eat dog".

Posted by: bertzel | May 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It does all come down to one thing, Honor. What better PR could a company receive than if it said we are responsible and we will fix everything on our dime. We should expect nothing less. But what we get is finger pointing and the blame game. Our government should help BP and the others involved find their honor. They built the thing, they ran the thing, they are responsible. Fix the leak, clean up every drop of the spill and pay the bills. The company heads are cowards. It is our government's job to make sure that these companies clean up what they did.

Posted by: bobbo2 | May 15, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

NBC’s Ann Curie interviewed the COO of BP on the Today Show this morning, and asked if he were going to apologize to the American people for creating the Gulf's slick disaster. Not only did he jump around the issue like a junkie-toad with a crack pipe, but claimed that his company was doing everything possible to “make it up” to those Americans devastated by the spill. Again, Curie asked for his apology; and again Mister COO finessed and dodged and played corporate “peek-a-boo” with the nice lady’s directness. I for one would prefer a generous cash settlement over a corporate “sorry,” but so far their lies and obfuscations of the truth have not engendered a lot of trust from victims and observers. Well, let’s stay tuned for BP’s first cash recipients (Did anyone out there immediately think “Congressmen?”) just to see how these corporate yes-men define "adequate remuneration."

Posted by: dudeupnorth | May 14, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Good rant...

Let the "finger pointing" continue on and on and on....We've got nothin' but time.

Posted by: bertzel | May 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@ Carbonhog:

You can't compare Bernie *Madoff* and Michael Mann. Madoff defrauded investors to the tune of $18 billion. And did so simply to get rich. Mann received less than $500,000 in grant money from the state of Virginia to do research on climate change. Whether or not he manipulated the data and whether or not climate change is real or not, Mann did the research. You can question his scientific methodology or perhaps his professional ethics, but can't say his activities were criminal.

Cuccinelli is simply on a witch hunt for political gain. Too many "carbon hogs" are so dead set on disproving humanity's ability to affect climate change. Cooch is pandering to these folks.

We don't necessarily need a radical overhaul of our energy policy over night, but we do need to start looking for alternatives. It doesn't take a climate scientist (ethically flawed or not) to understand that carbon emissions are bad for us.

Posted by: dlwjunior | May 14, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Isn't accountability one of those traditional bedrock values of the honorable person and the sound society?"

Come on Tom, you know that in the business world "accountability" is to shareholders.

*Make as much money as you can, any way you can, and hire the best lawyers and lobbyists.* That's written in Sharpie on every CEO's palm.

Posted by: sherm1 | May 14, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

"Let's meat up some time!"

Where is the beef?

What is your beef?


Posted by: GaryEMasters | May 14, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

The problem with the world is Mad people.

Mad for.

Mad against.

Just mad.

Given enough time these "great end of the world problems" do sort them selves out.

Te economy did not die.

The stock market came back.

Everyone in a Toyota did not die.

And marvel - the ocean is not covered in oil

Iraq was not lost.

Just difficult.

Lots of difficult problems. But work can fix them.

Time to end the hysteria.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | May 14, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

And let that be a lesson to you:

You'll make a lot of grammatical errors if you try to post while your wife is talking to you and you're feigning interest.

What was I supposed to say?
"I'm busy"?
Yeah, that would go over real well.

their = they're
meat = meet.

That's a new one for me, as far as I know. Let's meat up some time! Nice to meat you! Oh, there's somebody I want you to meat (OK, No Problem!) I'm late for a very important meating. Wow.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 14, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

@ BradG,

Well, I'm certainly not here to defend Dems. I am, though, on the opposite of the spectrum on many issues from Libertarians. The Libertarians I know USED to be Republicans, but became disenchanted when the rhetoric, time and again, didn't meat reality. And I get it, I do.

What I'm getting at is this:

It's ONE thing to have a platform that outsmarts everybody else. It's quite another to get a majority of Americans (and those corporate "people's" advertising dollars) on board and implement it. A lot of luster rubs off between Here and There. Look at Obama. Closed Gitmo. Opened it again. And on and on.

Point is, The Best Plans, yada yada yada...

I'm just wondering where the outrage is, seeing as conservatives tout "personal responsibility" and you've got BP claiming it "wasn't their fault" and, as the Supreme Court has found, their just another voter up the block.

So, be consistent. Get Angry. Ready, Go.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 14, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse


And Democrats are less hypocritical? The only party that is taking the right stance here is the Libetarian party.

From the Libertarian Party's site:

"Libertarians are sometimes attacked for not having good answers to environmental questions. In this case, I think there are problems that Republicans and Democrats in Congress have created, and Libertarians would have handled things differently...

...The New York Times has reported that federal law limits BP's liability to $75 million, and Transocean's liability to $65 million.

These kinds of artificial liability limits distort the markets, and basically create "moral hazard" by encouraging companies to act in riskier ways than they would otherwise. If BP's well causes damage to property, then BP should be fully liable for all of the damage. It is BP's reponsibility to "make whole" whoever gets damaged.

If Congress hadn't limited BP's liability, it's likely that BP would have acted differently. Knowing that a spill could cost them billions, BP might have demanded additional safeguards for their well, or tested their safeguards more thoroughly. These choices would have been expensive, but they might have prevented the huge costs that the spill area is now facing."

The full article is located here

Posted by: BradG | May 13, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

EXACTLY! Where's Taxcutsin12 to tell us how the "person" BP needs to accept responsibility for her actions?

And did they notice today? Transocean, who has NO responsibility to cap the leaking well, petitioned a federal judge today to cap their liability at $27 million. Wow! How'd they do THAT? Where'd $27 million come from? All the wildlife? All the livelihoods? All the clean up? Really? Are you SURE it's not $26 million? That's what I come up with!

So, don't expect the "personal responsibility" crowd to stick their heads out on this. "Personal Responsibility" is Republican for "Lock up Brown People," just as "Drug Addicts" should be locked up, which doesn't include "Rush Limbaugh," because he's white.

Racism hides easily behing Republicanisms. You should make a cartoon of Klansmen hiding behind the words "Personal Responsibility" and "Welfare Queen" and such, while David Duke runs for Governor right out in the open. Palin's contribution: "Pals around with unrepentant terrorists" and "Liberal Elite," which I am least bothered by because it comes from their knowledge that they are, in fact, mentally inferior.

It's like calling the prettiest girl in your school "stuck up." Even though you know she's not. And that you're just too insecure to go talk to her.

So, yeah don't expect the conservative minded participants to have much to say about their court calling corporations people when their candidates get outspent by actual People! Don't expect them to come out and say a word about their Drill, Baby, Their Fing Drill.

They'll be right where they were when their Fuhrer was in rehab for drug addiction, hiding behind words they didn't even think of. Because they are stupid. And weak. And cannot think for themselves. Isnt that what the radio is for, after all?

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 13, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Michael Mann and Bernie Madow? Nothing! Madow used a fraudulent Ponzi investment scheme to scam people out of money and Mann used a technique known as "hide the decline" to manipulate climate data to prove his hockey stick theory showing a dramatic increase in global tempartures over the past 100 years which he naturally blamed on man made global warming. Keep up the great work Mr. Cuccinelli make Mann provide the data he used to prove his hockey stick theory in a court of law.

Posted by: carbonhog | May 13, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

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