Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar may have let slip a clue the other day when speaking about the underwater oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Here is his comment to CNN: "Our job is basically to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum to carry out the responsibilities that they have both under the law and contractually to move forward and to stop the spill." That comment brought me up short. Yes, I agree that the oil spill is a terrible thing. Yes, I believe that BP should be doing everything it can - and the federal government should help - to stop and contain the spill. But mister Secretary, please! Do you intend to keep your boot on the neck of each of BP's 29,000 employees here in the US? I am troubled by the tone expressed by Ken Salazar, by how easily that phrase rolled off his lips. Companies employ people. People who pay taxes. A cabinet member should at very least consider that before stepping on someone's neck.
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