Advisors to Obama should have explained to the President that when disaster strikes, terrible consequences could occur as a result and that immediate attention should be given.
When the oil leak problem was first discovered, response should have been one that was quick in trying find solutions and in trying to fix the problem now. It’s a priority so don’t dither around. Clean up the mess now.
When 13 countries offer you help, take it now.
When a governor asks for help, give it now.
Deal with kick-a** blame and criminal accusations later. Deal with shake-down payments BP can’t refuse later.
And don’t avoid maritime help from foreign countries because we must honor something called the Jones Act. It’s not a very convincing reason, especially not from an administration who does not even honor something we call the Constitution. (See:The Due Process Clause)
And don’t think that you have the luxury to punish a state because its governor believes in smaller government and that his belief refers to no government. Government has its place, and protecting us from national disasters is one of them.
And don’t be so obvious in a horrifically-delayed response and then use this disaster to push through sweeping cap-and-trade legislation. A green nanny state is not the answer. It won’t even help except toward the destruction of capitalism and expanded powers of the regulatory state, toward higher taxes and a lesser standard of living. Of course, that’s what you’ve been hope-and-changing for us, isn’t it, Mr. President?
BP was negligent in epic proportions and so, too, were our government regulators. In fact, government regulation is the reason why BP was so far out in the ocean in the first place. Once again, the answer is not even more regulation by an inept administration.
Our President’s slow and lukewarm concern has allowed the black sludge to reach the coastline. It is as if this tragedy is no ‘skin off his nose’ and that he is somehow not a participant of real life. For him, the focus has been to prolong the misery of others to give greater opportunity to his political agenda. In the words of Chris Matthews:
- “I think it was a strategic decision by the President to let BP take the heat. And it’s not going to work that way. The buck stops here, as Harry Truman said. This is a Harry Truman moment and he hasn’t taken advantage of it.”
What would Guiliani do?
Obama needs to lift drilling moratorium
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