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Away From Home

Monday, August 01, 2005

DeLay's Dirty Trick

From The Nation:


House Majority Leader Tom DeLay took this shady scheming to a new low last week, when he "mysteriously inserted" a $1.5 billion sweetheart deal for Houston oil companies into a massive energy bill that supposedly had been finalized. The provision, according to the sharp eye of Rep. Henry Waxman, stipulates that 75 percent of the $1.5 billion allocated for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico must go toward "a corporation that is constructed as a consortium."

The leading contender for the contract just happens to be the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America consortium, based in DeLay's Sugar Land, Texas, district. Its members include war profiteer Halliburton and Marathon Oil, under SEC investigation for bribing the president of Equatorial Guinea for oil rights. Governor Rick Perry created the consortium in March 2004, promising 1,500 jobs. "None had been created as of last December," AP reports.

The provision was apparently added at 4 am last Tuesday, after House Energy and Commerce Chairman Joe Barton, a favored son of big oil, halted all amendments and wrapped up the House and Senate conference. Amazingly, the ranking Democrats on the House and Senate energy committees knew of DeLay's plans, and did nothing to oppose them. The dispute only emerged after Waxman and Rep. Edward Markey learned of the provision, and its intended beneficiaries in DeLay's district.


In other news, the sun came up in the east this morning, and all current data indicates that it will set in the west.

Somebody please defend DeLay here. I am honestly clueless on how it can be done, and would like to learn.

1 Comments:

  • He's just trying to make a living, and apparently he's trying to save for retirement, since we all know the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan for our lovely Congressmen and women just isn't enough to keep them in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. I mean, really, how many of us could live off a paltry 15k a month? It's not his fault he's easily bribed and picks poor friends. It's al-Qaida's fault, because they practice Islamic extremism and this has caused a great emotional disturbance for DeLay. Really, how can you blame him for trying to look out for his own, even if they will backstab him the minute he's of no use, they're still the only friends he has!

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    I feel dirty just typing that...

    By Blogger Mela, at 8/02/2005 03:45:00 PM  

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