Yeah, we did some BP bashing and such was richly deserved, but we concentrated on the local politicians, their stooges and projects like the bermdoggle for a reason: If you wave money in front of most politicians the results are preordained as most of ’em would sell their own mothers into slavery if the price were right.
After Katrina we had a multitude of scammers, grifters and con artists descend upon the coast looking for people to fleece, many with the blessings of our political leadership. The spill was not much different from Katrina’s aftermath in that respect.
Now I’ll be honest and say the lesson in all this is that grant programs and claims funds are strictly for the schmucks. The folks that ate the best at the oil spill trough may not have had losses but they got there first and took their money off the top as this AP story on how local government’s spent BP spill money indicates. A reader sent me a companion link to an AP graphic on the same topic which is also very good. Here is the AP Youtube companion video for this story.
We’ll have more on this topic down the line.