BP and Selective Accountability :: A Call to Action

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posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 03:04 PM
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It’s been three months since BP’s Deep Water Horizon disaster. It’s abundantly clear that this tragedy was caused by a combination of recklessness, greed, lack of oversight by the US government and disregard for the safety and well being of the people. Although we tend to hold BP singularly responsible for this event, it is most likely the combined fault of BP, Transocean, Haliburton and who knows who else is involved. Although BP has certainly lied, obscured facts, dodged responsibility where possible and worked to buy-off the media, scientists and undoubtedly officials to mitigate their damages, they are being forced to pay dearly for this mistake. Before I go too far it should be pointed out that BP is a foreign corporation.

BP’s malfeasance has hurt a lot of people. Companies are being bankrupted, jobs are being lost, home values are plummeting, and tourism has all but disappeared --- not to even mention the damage to the environment. Many of the people of the Gulf have permanently lost their livelihoods. The businesses that they frequented are being forced to close. Economic devastation has been visited upon the good people of the Gulf.

BP is being forced to compensate people for their losses. You can be certain that there will be a cascade of lawsuits against BP as this saga plays out. And this is only right. BP’s actions injured a lot of people and they rightfully should be held accountable.

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Not that long ago a collection of other companies operating in a different industry destroyed the U.S. economy. At first, some tried to make the disingenuous argument that the problem was caused by a bunch of people buying houses they should have known they could not afford. But now, three years later, the truth is out. The housing collapse and subsequent economic meltdown was caused by a collection of companies that engaged in recklessness, greed, disregard for the people and a lack of oversight by the SEC et al (who were most likely distracted surfing porn all day). Instead of BP, Transocean and Halliburton, the culprits back in 2007-2009 were the likes of AIG, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Bros. et al.

As a result of their actions, millions lost their livelihoods, their businesses, their homes, their savings and the equity they had built-up over decades. But there is a huge difference. No one held these companies accountable for their actions. No one made these companies set aside $20B to be paid TO the victims. Instead, those very victims helped pay for a massive bailout TO the very people that victimized them. The people that had visited economic devastation upon the people of this country had their losses covered by their victims. At the very height of the collapse they used that money to pay themselves and their colleagues billions in bonuses. Some of the perpetrators got checks for as much as $10M.

Millions of people have been damaged by their actions. Damaged in ways that equal or eclipse what was done to the good people of the Gulf by BP et al. Where is our justice? Where is our compensation? Before the collapse I had a successful 8 year old business that provided a very good income. I had significant equity in a home for 10yrs that I easily supported. I had health insurance. I had money in the bank. I had a sterling credit rating.

The economic collapse eviscerated my business as my clients closed, went bankrupt and scaled back in response to the loss of customer business. Since September of last year I have made less than $500. I have been forced to sell just about everything I have of any saleable value. I haven’t had health insurance in over a year. We are fighting foreclosure on our home. My equity is gone. My bank accounts are empty. My credit rating would cause loan sharks to shy away. I have spent every day, seven days a week, for almost 2yrs trying to find a job. I have significant experience and professional credentials and have applied to hundreds of positions with only a handful of interviews. Every one of my professional colleagues, some I’ve known for 25yrs, have lost their jobs since 2007. A few more than once. As the Administration tells us we’ll be seeing 9% unemployment into 2012 I am becoming increasingly convinced that I will never be able to work again.

My situation was not caused by my actions or inactions any more than the residents of the Gulf can be blamed for their situation. I did great work. My clients loved me. I did not live beyond my means. I did not make risky investments. I did not spend recklessly or waste money. Nearly everyone I know is in a situation similar to ours to a greater or lesser extent.

So why are we being ignored? Why is our government failing to treat us with the same concern they are treating the people of the Gulf? It’s great that the unemployment net has been extended. But people like me can’t get unemployment. Remember us? We’re the small businesses that allegedly fuel the U.S. economy. Google it. It’s everywhere.

So I guess the bottom line is this: there are tens-of-millions of us out there. People who have been financially damaged by the reckless acts of a bunch of unethical, greedy companies for whom it appears our government was unable or unwilling to execute the oversight for which they were legally responsible. That we have been damaged is beyond doubt. Where is the accountability? Why have we not initiated the biggest class-action lawsuit in history? They are too-big-to-fail but the rest of us are just collateral damage? Says whom? Where is our day in court? Who will have the stones to file this action against the people that damaged us? Revolution? Screw that. Give us a team of lawyers and lets dance. Why do ‘they’ get to decide who gets compensated, who gets bailed-out and who gets screwed?




posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 04:06 AM
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with the 16 to 24 age group facing 50% unemployment there will be serious civil unrest.

look sometimes there just isn't any way to get justice within the system. Clearly the corruption goes right to the top. If you try to beat them legally, you will lose. They have more money and more lawyers than you can ever hope to bring against them. they have their hands on the puppet strings of congress and the president so the law will work against you, the courts are even making radically bad decisions like letting corporations provide unlimited campaign funding. I don't see any hope following any legal course of action.

Revolution seems like a bad path too. When countries fall into revolution a tyrannical dictatorship is always the result. That's what they want, a bunch of violent radicals they can point at and call villains while they pull off even more evil shenanigans to murder us all and loot us.

The best path may be Mahatma Gandhi's path. Resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence. Squat in your foreclosed house and plant vegetables in every available place so you can feed yourself without working within the slave system. Resist the system. Don't work for them. Don't give them your taxes. Refuse to cooperate with their ridiculous plot.

But really what I want is like the movie "Good guys wear black" Where Chuck Norris hunts down the corrupt elitist scumbag who thinks his money and power make him god the invincible, but Chuck drives his evil ass off a pier and lets him drown in his own limousine.
and/or
The Fight Club scenario, Project Mayhem, where all the big banks are simultaneously leveled using vans packed with explosives made from soap made from the fat of rich peoples own lipo-suctioned asses.

Down with the banks. Down with the corporations. Down with the corrupt politicians. Down with wall street. Down with the rich elitist globalist scum.





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