As the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history continues to unfold, author and progressive radio commentator Jim Hightower asks a good question: “Who the hell’s in charge here?” A good question. Consider that only two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, Obama was touting the benefits of offshore drilling. Hightower (a member of Public Citizen’s board of directors) writes on AlterNet:
Thirty years of laissez-faire, ideological nonsense (pushed upon us with a vengeance in the past decade) has transformed government into a subsidiary of corporate power. Wall Street, Massey, BP and its partners — all were allowed to become their own “regulators” and officially encouraged to put their short-term profit interests over the public interest.