IF THESE ARE YOUR “BEST EFFORTS”…
I listened to the speech last night, even though I didn’t expect much.
But I grew up around those waters. I love the Gulf. This is like torture for me, so I listened, hoping that at a minimum the Jones Act would be waived:
[S]ome of the best dredgers and skimmers from countries like Belgium, The Netherlands and Norway are being kept away from clean-up efforts in the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because of the Jones Act—a protectionist law that requires vessels working in US waters be built in the US and be crewed by US [i.e., “union”] workers.
Waivers to the Jones Act were granted by the administration of George W. Bush in the days following hurricane Katrina. And today, the Obama White House said waivers might again be considered. “If there is the need for any type of waiver, that would obviously be granted,” said White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs. “But, we’ve not had that problem thus far.”
“Gee, no problems here. Move on. Nothing to see here, citizen. That’s not oil on your beach, it’s shinola. Can I rub some on your back?”
This speech was suited for Day 1 of a catastrophe, not Day 57. It had no answers at all. None. It’s as if Rip van Obama awoke after eight weeks of slumber and had been told just that morning about a massive problem in the Gulf of Mexico. For a man who has repeatedly claimed to be “fully engaged since Day 1,” and who repeated that claim last night, Obama gave every impression of still being in the spitballing stage of crisis management.
Obama didn’t even offer an original thought for spitballing.
The only time he came alive last night was when he tried to Blame Bush [“Over the last decade…”] and pass Cap and Tax.
When Americans screamed “WE NEED JOBS!”, the administration heard “Socialize Medicine”. Now that Americans are screaming “PLUG THE HOLE!”, Obama replies “Socialize Energy?…Sure, I’d love to!”
He’s even using the same argument he used for HealthControl: “Inaction is not an option! The status quo is unacceptable!”
He also tried to Alinskyize Bush and Minerals Management Service (“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it,”) even though he campaigned on fixing the agency two years ago. When he did get a new agency chief, she was assigned to work on wind, not minerals.
Now she’s been fired, made a scapegoat for Obama’s incompetence, and his second agency head is on the way. How is that Bush’s fault?
No more golf.
No more rock concerts.
No more parties.
No more fund-raisers.
No more vacations.
No more business as usual.
Waive the Jones Act.
Put the Navy in charge if it will help.
Meet with BP. Not once, for 20 minutes. Every damn day until you get this hole plugged.
Get off your ass and do the job you just couldn’t live without.
I did not watch the speech myself. Here’s the reason. Because my experience is, when you listen to a guy like a professional politician, he’s gonna say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words. I’m interested in actions.