Saturday, April 27, 2013

Perry pans Bee cartoon

Pity poor put-upon Perry.

That’s Governor Rick of the far-right leaning Lone Star State.

When Sacramento Bee political cartoonist Jack Ohman satirized the link between Perry’s disdain for regulations and the catastrophic explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant, the governor declared it an insult to the multitude of victims in the town of West, Texas.

Perry is upset that the cartoon appeared on the very day he attended the public memorial with President Barack Obama, the man whose support for rules protecting people like the citizens of West led plant managers to avoid reporting their dangerous practices to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.


  • The Republican Party considers itself the ‘party of personal responsibility.’
  • GOP loyalists loudly tout the infamous Citizens United decision by the right-leaning U.S. Supreme Court that ‘corporations are people.’

Conclusion: Corporations must assume the same responsibility for their actions that Republicans expect from people--the actual human ones, that is.

But, No-o-o. When it comes to responsibility, conservatives refuse to acknowledge even the slightest possibility that there could be something called ‘corporate responsibility.’

Sorry, Governor Perry, but you can’t have it both ways. People or not, corporations must pay full restitution to every single person and business whose life, health, property, and income is damaged as a result of their dangerous policies.

After all, the GOP also claims to be the law-and-order party. If the law compels individuals to pay for any damage they do, then we must, in all fairness, expect a similar result when a company does the same.

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