From Thomas Sowell, who says the BP reimbursement fund is just like Nazism:
“[D]uring the worldwide Great Depression, the German Reichstag passed a law “for the relief of the German people.” That law gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others. If the agreement with BP was an isolated event, perhaps we might hope that it would not be a precedent. But there is nothing isolated about it.”
As always, it is astonishing to me that the same people who cheered on George W. Bush as he claimed the unilateral authority to arrest American citizens and throw them in a military prison forever without charges without any court having the jurisdiction to challenge such decisions suddenly see the seeds of fascism in any policy that might actually help people.
I don’t recall Sowell raising a peep about Bush’s suspension of habeas corpus — something only Congress can do under the constitution, which he appears not to have bothered reading — or about his warrantless wiretapping program, extraordinary rendition or torture policy. Neither did Glenn Beck or any of the other nuts comparing Obama to Hitler or Stalin.
But Beck gets on TV and, with a completely straight face, claims that showing empathy — that leads to fascism. And Sowell says that a negotiated and voluntary agreement to set up a fund to help those whose livelihoods have been destroyed due to BP’s zeal for profits is the key to our Nazi future. They’re just plain nuts.
This is another example of where the opposition has a perfectly good argument to be made against this fun but they’re deliberately opting for the most batshit crazy instead. The real problem with this fund is a lack of any legal framework for distributing the money. That is something that either has to be decided in court, or there has to be some sort of process set up by Congress for handling it. The executive branch should not be doing that on their own without legal authority.
That’s a perfectly reasonable argument. Screaming “OMG Hitler!” is not.