Much has been written about Obama’s bevy of extra constitutional czars and their seeming unlimited power and lack of congressional oversight. Perhaps even the staunchest Obama-zombie can overlook this power grab because of the promise to fundamentally change the way things are done in Washington. It must be getting hard for the Obama-zombies (and I apologize to regular zombies) to ignore the ever-growing number of examples of the blob-like intrusion of the federal government into even their rose-colored Obama-glasses.
Even the Associated Press has had to actually get off of the Obama-train to actually report this story. This AP article was buried on page six of my local, more conservative, hometown newspaper. It seems that the “BP Claims Czar,” Ken Feinberg is actually working on behalf of BP and not the residents affected by the oil spill. The AP reports that “Feinberg was appointed in June by BP and the White House to oversee the claims fund.” The fund is estimated to be worth $20 billion and Feinberg’s law firm has been paid $850,000 per month.
BP’s dollars have been well spent on Feinberg as his fund administration has built in protection for the oil giant as reported in Business Week,
“Victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill won’t be able to sue any of the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster once they accept a final payment from BP Plc’s $20 billion compensation fund. Kenneth Feinberg, the Washington attorney administering the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, released an outline today of how such final claims will be judged. The guidelines extend the liability waiver beyond BP to companies such as Transocean Ltd., which owned the rig that exploded in April, and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC, part owners of the well that ruptured.”
Here I thought trail lawyers were FOO (Friends of Obama) and here is one of Obama’s Czars taking food out of their mouths. It is hard not to suspect duplicity if you factor the cozy relationship between Obama and British Petroleum prior to the Gulf Coast spill and the high-paid czar. Perhaps some news agency can find out whether Mr. Feinberg is also being compensated in any way (including expenses) with American taxpayer’s money. If so that might be what they mean by double-dip?