Just got an email from the DNC, sent by “Brad Woodhouse”, their Communications Director. Here’s what it says (bolding theirs, not mine):
Yesterday, Republican Congressman Joe Barton, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued an outrageous personal apology to BP and slammed the President for his efforts to hold them accountable.
Worse, if the GOP wins back the House, Barton is the guy who could be in charge of regulating the oil industry.
I just want to point out a couple of flaws with this logic.
First, Congressional Committees don’t regulate anything. At all. They, via legislation, establish government agencies that are tasked with enforcing regulations that the Congress as a whole must pass and, in most cases, are signed into law by the President. Regulations may also be established by the Executive Branch agency established by Congress, if the Congress assigns that power to the specific agency. The Committee is tasked with overseeing the Executive Branch bureaucracy that actually enforces regulations.
Second, if Mr. Woodhouse’s logic is to be followed, then the blame for the regulation failures fall squarely on the shoulders of Henry Waxman, current Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The blame, still using Mr. Woodhouse’s incorrect logic, would also rest on the shoulders of John Dingell, the Chairman of the committee in 2008 when the permit for the Deepwater Horizon was issued.
In the email, Mr. Woodhouse also stuck out his hand and begged for $5, as most of the DNC email do. Pathetic.
That is all.