Even though some minor Democrat somewhere made a weak attempt at blaming Bush and his administration for the environmental disaster in the Gulf, I have to come to the aid of, and this really hurts me to say this, President Obama.
A lot of my fellow right wing nut jobs are kicking the President for his lack of action on the BP oil rig disaster. While there are some things the President should be doing, like giving military manpower to the Gulf States to set booms and do what they can to prevent oil from coming ashore and cleaning it up when it does what should the President be doing?
I asked the same questions when Bush was being lambasted by the left during Katrina Do we expect the President to get in a mini sub and go down there and give one of his sternly worded warnings to the oil flow? What the President should do is be quiet and let BP have whatever resources it needs to try whatever possible to stop this incident and clean up the mess. There will be plenty of time for blaming, lawsuits and spinning this to political advantage when it’s over. If the President wants to go to a beach in the bayou and have his photo taken through a long soft focus lens hugging an oily water fowl that’s ok with me but let’s not confuse that with “doing” something.
As a supporter of drilling for oil anywhere and anyplace I am shocked that there were not several redundant safety systems to prevent this type of accident. I assumed that all the smart boy engineers at the oil companies may have foreseen that at some point a worst case scenario could happen. I don’t know what deep water shut off valves and other safety measures would have could cost BP and the other companies but I am pretty sure it would have been less than they will be shelling out over the next umpteen years to settle this disaster.
As a conservative and free market supporter I would rather 25 cents a gallon more for deep water protection than the same tax to the government.