Ain’t nobody paying their bills.
Course, there are different reasons for this…shall we review?
1. British Petroleum:
“Ricky Myers, who owns Rhino Construction in Bay St. Louis, Miss., said Tuesday that BP contractor O’Brien’s Response Management owes him $650,000 for his company’s work cleaning up beaches and barrier islands after the spill. ‘It seems like the bottleneck or the buck stops at O’Brien,’ Myers said.”
British Petroleum is trying to place the blame on O’Brien’s by saying that they have paid their major contractors and are working with them to provide support, but still these businesses are waiting for their money, all the while British Petroleum has resumed paying dividends to shareholders.
Perhaps the bills from these companies are just going to the wrong address?
Another company, EMR Inc., reports to be waiting for $2 million dollars they are owed for environmental monitoring. “I’ve never been in a situation where you have to wait a year to get your money,” said Mike Cook, executive vice president of EMR, “We keep being told progress is being made, but another 30 days go by and nothing happens.”
Hmm, now that sounds familiar…where have I heard such things before…oh yeah, I know…
2. Ken Feinberg and the GCCF:
From Fox10tv: On January 18 when claims administrator Ken Feinberg spoke to a public audience in Orange Beach, he made promises. Often after hearing a person’s story he would ask for the claim, but three weeks later responses are hard to come by. Buck Mitchell, who runs the Seville Quarter in Pensacola, took the microphone and said to Feinberg, ”Why would you pay the employees and not pay the job creators?” Feinberg responded, “I obviously cannot speak to your individual claim, but I’ll take a look. I will take a look at it.”
Three weeks later Mitchell has had no response.
Condo cleaner Stacy Simmons stood up and told Feinberg her story. She said, “I have every documentation here to prove it and I’m not understanding why I cannot get any answers or any money or anything to compensate me.” Feinberg responded, ”Get me that claim before I leave.”
Once again, three weeks later, no response.
Susan Carnley lost more than $30,000 on a home sale during the oil spill. ”There was no market,” Carnley said. “There was nobody looking for property in Orange Beach, or Fort Morgan, or Pensacola Beach.”
Her claim was denied and still no response.
At the meeting, condo-owner Laszlo Halaszi said, ”If anyone ran their business like this, they would be out of business in two months. Apparently, Mr. Feinberg is more interested in saving BP money than making us whole.” Halaszi, handed his paperwork directly to Feinberg.
To date, he’s had no response.
So Feinberg isn’t paying the claims like he promised to these and so many other individuals face to face? Perhaps he is still trying to come to terms with the fact he is not neutral, or finding a way to spend all the money British petroleum has been paying to his law firm? Or, (see #1.) he is getting nervous that BP might renege on their payments to him so he is currently preoccupied.
And, speaking of preoccupied and busy…
3. Barack Obama:
When Barack Obama extended the Bush tax cuts to the wealthy, something he said he would not do while campaigning for president, I’m sorry, but every time he decides to cut a program, that is the filter I look through. The idea that giving tax breaks to wealthy people creates jobs is a line of shit that has been roundly debunked by every mainstream entity, save the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. What do the wealthy do with their money? The same thing the banks did with the TARP funds…they reward themselves…the wealthy through hoarding and the banks through executive bonuses.
In the mean time, we get a projected $1.5 trillion dollar deficit, so Obama and the feds certainly aren’t paying their bills, but they’re trying, and what is their latest proposed spending cut?
How about LIHEAP funds?
Barack Obama is proposing to gut the budget for energy assistance to the nation’s poor. Air conditioners in the summer and heaters in the winter? No, not for you…but on the bright side, this won’t affect the wealthy in any sort of way…so cool, or hot…depending upon the month and your geographical location.
Which gets me to…
4. Gulf Coast Residents:
And why are Gulf Coast residents not paying their bills?
See the actions of #’s 1, 2, and 3 for the past nine months.
It would be all the explanation necessary.
Have a nice day.