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Man up, McKeon

Posted: June 23, 2010 8:56 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the undistinguished career of Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, that he is a member of a group of Republicans who call a “shakedown” the $20 billion escrow fund established at the urging of President Barack Obama by international petroleum giant BP to compensate Americans for the financial devastation they are experiencing as a result of BP’s negligent operation of an oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

McKeon is a disgrace to this district and to all Americans who believe in the basic American value of accountability, and all who believe that our U.S. government has a crucial obligation to protect and defend Americans from harm physical or financial whenever possible.

Criminally negligent as BP will no doubt prove to be, even it had the good sense to take action to stem the slide of its stock price by demonstrating, through its agreement with Obama, that standing up to the moral financial obligation would not necessarily bankrupt the company. This agreement is good for the impacted Americans and good for BP.

Nonetheless, McKeon and the balance of his corporatist ilk in the Republican Study Committee have demonstrated their complete lack of integrity and allegiance to American values. They blindly defend the indefensible and assault the president as he stands up for the American people.

It is no wonder McKeon refuses to engage in a series of six televised one-hour debates with the Democratic nominee for the 25th Congressional district starting in August. McKeon fears he would not win in the November election if all the voters in the high desert could compare his stance as a corporatist lackey with Jackie Conaway’s stance for American values. So the best strategy for McKeon is to hope his name recognition and the power of incumbency will carry him to another term of serving his corporate masters at the expense of the 25th Congressional District.


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