June 24, 2010 1:00 AM

Commentary: Meet Joe Barton, R-Big Oil

Texas Rep. Joe Barton didn't even care enough to pretend who he works for. Instead, he stood tall against the people and environment of the Gulf Coast, and WITH the industry that gave him $1.4 million. There is a certain raw truth in that image that blasts all pretense away. As he genuflects before his corporate masters, Barton also reflects the ugly underside of American politics. And validates an ancient axiom that suddenly sounds like a warning: You get what you pay for.

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