Who will speak for the poor, downtrodden and powerless oil companies?
Here's what National Review's Geraghty's whining about. Wingnuts are all atwitter that about something EPA Administrator Al Aremndariz said two years ago.
“It was kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean,” Armendariz said on the video. “They’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”
Armendariz said he tried to use the same approach to get companies to obey environmental laws: “You make examples out of people who are not complying with the law,” he said.
Now let's be clear: if Aremndariz were a Bush administration official talking about any other class of potential law breakers -- drug dealers, terrorists, brown people -- he would be an instant right-wing hero. And that's what Armendariz is talking about -- punishing companies that break the law.
Breaking the law is still bad, right?
Meanwhile, Big Oil is raking in record profits under Obama -- and bin Laden is still dead.
The stupid is powerful in Geraghty.