Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oil and Water

Since I've made no bones about the fact that I am a die-hard conservative, it should come as no shock to you that I'm more than ticked about the response of this administration in handling this oil spill that is ruining our beautiful coastlines here in Alabama. I realize that this oil spill is a huge accident; lives were lost, families broken; fragile ecosystems and industries destroyed, and for some people life will never be the same. Now I'm completely aware that there is nothing that Obama himself can do to plug the hole, but I also know that there are plenty of things that haven't been done because of bureaucratic red tape, and that is where my frustration lies.

Here are my issues:

It is absolutely inexcusable that you have businesses that have contacted the government for permission to begin cleaning the gulf waters and they have been denied the opportunity to try to prevent some of the damage to our fragile ecosystems because their idea hasn't been EPA approved. And oil spilling into the gulf and us doing nothing to stop the damage is EPA approved?

It is absolutely inexcusable that the administration refused offers from the Netherlands and other foreign countries to assist with the cleanup, simply because they didn't want to take the time to temporarily repeal the Jones Act. So the United States will fix everyone else's problem, but we won't accept help when it is offered to us in a crisis?

It is absolutely inexcusable that this oil has been pouring into the gulf for 56 days now, and only 4 days ago did our President decide to personally be in touch with the CEO of BP. I would hate for Obama to have to inconvenience himself by coming down off his throne and picking up the phone to discuss the worst environmental disaster to ever hit our country with the man who is in charge of the company that caused the spill.

It is absolutely inexcusable in President Obama's first real crisis his response has been to point fingers at the Bush administration, host celebrities at the White House, attend award functions, play golf and go on two vacations. Really? Celebrities, golf and two vacations in a month. I wish I could live like that.

It is absolutely inexcusable that if President Bush had had the same response as Obama, he would have been strung up by his toes for not responding immediately. Remember Katrina? What a biased media we have.

And finally, it is absolutely inexcusable that this is the same government that wants to control our health care system. Let's hope they don't treat your health care issues with the same urgency as this oil spill.

4 random thoughts:

Jeni said...

HERE.HERE!

Rachel said...

Completely agreed. With it all.

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Well said. AMEN, SISTAH!

Kay said...

Totally agree! Well said!

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