Monday, June 14, 2010
Tinkering with America Obama Style
In an act than can only be called a paltry effort to cover his own ass before it gets kicked the President will do the overnighter to the Louisiana coast to make up for his failure to act decisively on the Oil Spill. He could have temporarily repealed the Jones Act and let non-American flagged vessels help out. He could have told the environmentalists to hold their water while oil is being burned off the ocean surface. He could have permitted American entrepreneurs who have crowded YouTube and television with thousands of ideas to clean up the oil from surface water, marshes and tributaries. He could have done some of all of these things, but he didn't. Instead he dithered, made excuses and tried to find others to blame while claiming to take responsibility. Does he really think the solution is to regulate BP and the oil industry out of business? Does he really think that further starving the nation's energy supply will improve our ailing economy, create jobs and keep the nation moving? We need more oil not less. We need more shallow water and land-based drilling. If the White House is serious about decreasing our dependence on foreign oil it will authorize exploration and drilling throughout America. We have the land, we have the oil. The spill proves we have vast amounts, so saying there isn’t enough to be significant is just sophistry. Stop fooling around. America is not a tinker toy so stop tinkering and get to work.