I’ve been watching the BP
interrogation Congressional hearing with interest for one reason and one reason only, to see the arrogance of American Congressmen and women.
Democrats and Republicans alike repeatedly accused the embattled British corporate chieftain of refusing to answer their questions, cutting corners on safety, and turning a blind eye to mounting scientific evidence of an unprecedented environmental tragedy.
Yes…. how dare you not make up answers to satisfy my egotistical need to prove that I am in charge.
“It’s clear to me you don’t want to answer any of our questions,” Rep. Waxman said. “I am amazed at this testimony. You’re kicking the can down the road. I find that irresponsible.”
Let’s face facts. He’s the CEO of the company. Do you think he knows the specific details of every single project going on? Of course not. No more than the Representatives know why the Wal-Mart in their district is raising prices on those sweet jars of pickles. It’s not his fault, it’s simply something that is far below his level and he’s waiting to hear the results of the investigation before making a determination.
That’s not avoidance, it’s just good sense. And it’s a refusal to pander to the Twitter-fed masses who aren’t interested in factual, effective resolution but are simply happy with a spoon-fed, sugar-coated, Jedi hand waving answer that everything is going to be ok. As long as you don’t, you know, look to closely.
That, and the company’s name is BP. They’re British. They probably don’t give a shit *what* you think they should answer, Congressman.