I would like to begin my remarks by noting that the Gulf of Mexico oil blowout is a nightmare. Certain people will tell you that it's not a big deal, why 45 days have gone by and the oil is just starting to was ashore. Other people will tell you, Obama's reaction to the oil spill made it far worse than it was going to be. Certain people will tell you, we are not getting leadership on this- we need a Strong Figure to wall off the Gulf of mexico from the shores of the Gulf States until the oil goes away.
All these voices are basically silly. It is a big deal, it's a slow motion train wreck, the worst kind. It's odd to me that some of the same voices that accuse Obama of guilt for the accident don't want the other oil wells in the deepwater of the Gulf shut down for safety checks. Really. Out one side of Jindal's mouth, pile up the sandbars, we want the entire Louisiana coast separated from the Gulf. Out the other side of Jindal's mouth, for God's sake don't shut down the OTHER wells, because that will hurt the economy. Make up your mind for cry eye, are oil spills good or bad?
What we have here is a learning opportunity. Sadly, most of us do not seem to desire to do any learning. This accident happened because oil operator at one well, BP, got greedy and impatient and skipped some safety steps, leaning way too hard on failsafe equipment that ended up not working. This is what they call "deregulation"- don't worry about government interference, we can trust BP to police it's own safety requirements, right?
After the fact, it's looking a bit wrong, that concept. So, can we all blame Obama on this one? Uh, how? First, Obama did not create the Bush II era of industrial deregulation. That was on Bush II. Obama has had 15 months to undo what took 8 years to create, in an atmosphere of jumping from one crisis to another. That's not a recipe for a quick fix. Has Obama's reaction to the oil blowout been weak and ineffective? Well, here's the question. BP said that there was zero chance for an oil blowout, so they did not bother to even write a plan to deal with one if it should ever happen. The Bush administration was not about to waste money building equipment to repair oil blowouts, because their buddies at BP had assured them it would never happen. So, did we have like dozens of high pressure super techno mini subs parked at the mouth of the Mississippi? Of course not. The feds had zero equipment, zero knowledge, and zero plans. From where I sit, like I say, that's not on Obama, it's on Bush.
We have a faith in technology & hard work here in the USA. Just pull up your shirtsleeves and dive in, it will be okay in the end. Not with oil spills. If you pour several supertanker loads of oil into the Gulf of Mexico without a plan or proper equipment to deal with it, you can talk about leadership all day, but what are you going to lead WITH? The oil is out there. If you are unhappy with Obama, be unhappy, but do not blame him for things that are outside of his control. You need to pay a little attention to how we got here. You need to understand the role played by deregulation, industrial complacency, and cronyism in the Bush era, in creating the conditions for this disaster. You need also to understand that, like humpty dumpty's fall, there are certain messes that are far easier to jump into than to climb out of. It's just a lil'ol' oil spill, why can't Obama make it go away! Well, what's your suggestion on HOW. I am waiting.