Monday, February 27, 2006

Barton Chafed at Citgo

Our fair state's oil company bum-licker Joe Barton (R-Ennis) doesn't cotton to Venezuela's state-owned oil company Citgo providing discounted heating oil to low-income communities in the U.S.

Barton is chairman of the House Energy Committee, and on February 15, he demanded that Citgo produce all documentation related to the heating oil discount program to see if it violates U.S. antitrust law. This from a congressman who has taken more money from energy companies than anyone except Tom DeLay at a time when ExxonMobil's annual profit is $36 billion.

The reason Barton doesn't like Citgo giving heating oil discounts is because it's primarily a tool Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is using to make George Bush look stupid. Of course, Bush tried to have the democratically-elected Chavez overthrown awhile back, so it's not like Chavez doesn't have reason to be pissed off.

There's plenty not to like about Chavez. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have documented human rights violations under his reign. But if the choice is between Chavez and the Bush administration, I'll take Hugo.

If nothing else, the man clearly has a better sense of humor.

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