The oil company that Rick Perry once said “historically had a very good safety record,” was slapped with The Occupational Safety and Health Administrations largest fine in American History. British Petroleum, the company Republican Joe Barton wants you to apologize to, was tagged for $50 Million for failing to correct safety hazards that were exposed after a BP-owned refinery exploded in Texas City in 2005.
It's expected that Rick Perry would defend BP's safety record. A reminder that it was on Perry's watch as Governor that the explosion occurred, and on Perry's watch that the OSHA fine has occurred for not fixing safety violations after the 2005 Texas City explosion. I say Perry's defense of BP is expected because BP is the largest single contributor toward renovating the Governor's mansion. With Rick Perry money talks, revolving doors with staff becoming lobbyists and lobbyists becoming staff are the norm, and Texans suffer from that corrupt style of career governing.
It strikes at more than questionable donations too, and this is where Smokey Joe Barton comes into play again. It's this culture of coddling big business and protecting their interests over the people's interests. You see it with Republican Linda-Harper Brown at the legislative level as well. This is an engrained philosophical principle within today's Republican Party. Give a little money to Rick Perry and Joe Barton and amazingly BP is the victim in anything and everything it ever does. Now you see who pulls the strings for Republican puppets, its big business, and that is the type of leadership you can expect from the GOP.
It's time the electorate says enough is enough to this type of Republican philosophy because it is clearly detrimental to our state and our country.