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By - June 18, 2010

A quick Constitutional Lesson for Senator Johanns

As I read an article in the Lincoln Journal Star this morning, I am surprised my own senator decided to form an opinion on a comment made by Texas Congressman Joe Barton.  Apparently, Joe thinks the $20 billion victims compensation fund set up by the president is a “shakedown” and he was “ashamed of what happened in the White House”. Senator Johanns believes his colleague was foolish.  Huh?

I know the spill is taking an emotional toll on the country and the employees at BP.  The total volume of oil that has been release in the region is comparable to a soup can of oil in an Olympic size swimming pool.  In the end, Mother Nature will handle this oil problem far better than any man ever will. Take an independent look at Prince William Sound, Alaska and even Chernobyl. In the mean time, lets get this thing plugged. I could make the analogy of plugging the hole to stop the spill over and equating it to building a fence to stop another spill over, but I will save that for another time.

As for Senator Johanns, take a glance at the Fifth Ammendment.  No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.  Again, you might want to take a look to see if this fine is even legal!

Just think how that $20 billion will be spent.  How many lap dances, breast implants, golf membership dues, and psychic readings will benefit from that large of a cash infusion!  How long can this distract us from the problems we face or getting jobs for inconvenient senatorial candidates?

The region needs help.  I would believe the governors of their respective states would know how to award the damages the best.  However, for the government to levy a fine, before any trial has taken place is rather shameful.

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