Obama's War is on us, not the spill
The Spill in the Gulf Crisis is
winding down, apparently. We are told that the spill is "fixed" -- maybe, sort
difficult to know for sure. Leaks and seeps continue, but at a lesser
rate. But, in any case, the clear signals from Washington are that this Crisis
is over, at least for the time being. Let's look at where we are, as a
postmortem. The objectives, as normal, are money and power. Obama's tactics, as
normal, are to
blame the private sector and reward cronies.
Blowout Act Is a Federal Power Grab
"The Obama Administration, abetted by Nancy Pelosi,
is abiding by it's mantra, 'Never let a serious crisis go to waste,' and
is using this 'crisis' to create an 'opportunity' to do things the
American people wouldn't otherwise tolerate. Once again the Obama
Administration is proving it only cares about advancing its (Far Left)
Rep. John Shadegg (R. Arizona)
The Obama Administration was not and is not widely held responsible for the Spill. BP was
carefully positioned as the confessed culprit. Most of the Public and most Republicans
in Congress accepted this.
Here are few key
Republican Comments. They omit holding the Obama Administration responsible for
or complicit in the spill itself. The media was uncritical, even Fox. Compare this to how the Bush Administration
was blamed for a Hurricane.
How did Obama get a pass? This is a testimonial to the skill
of the Obama Administration and its handlers (Podesta, Soros, etc.) have in managing and blocking
public information, and the fact that the media is beyond bias. Since 2008 the
mainstream media has largely been an
extension of the
Journalists conspired to smear critics.
Administration was distanced from the spill. Obama himself personally stayed distant, said little, and what he did
say put all the blame on his Crony Capitalist, BP. (John Podesta, who managed the Obama
transition team and selected the Czars, is the brother of Tony Podesta, BP's
lobbyist. John Podesta now runs a Soros funded
organization that helps plan White House
* The management chain of The
Department of the Interior's Materials Management Service "resigned" and were
instantly whisked from sight.
* Obama set up a "Death Committee for
Drilling" by executive order to distance himself behind a layer of unaccountable
Materials Management Service itself was dissolved. "Poof." Now we have a new Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation and Enforcement,
with Draconian powers to limit drilling. It, along
with the coast guard, may be the ONLY entity (other than BP) investigating the spill in the
How would a Totalitarian Communist Government like
the old Soviet Empire handle an embarrassment like Obama's oil spill? It would
seal the area off. If it did let observers
in, they would be "selected" and under the control of government
"minders" to ensure that they only reported what was permitted. The
Administration is accomplishing this by the use of surrogates and "the nudge"
-- Czar Cass Sunstein's
methods. A Czar, not a court, decides settlements.
* Tours of the Spill Area must be requested
in advance and are conducted under the careful supervision of BP, and on BP
vessels and aircraft.
* The Spill Area is restricted. Only the BP
tours allow close-up scrutiny.
* There are temporary flight
restrictions (TFRs) that keep non-BP air traffic above 3,000 feet, which is too
high to see anything. Violate this and you suffer severe penalties, including
jail, fines, and loss of your license. One plane that did (a spray operation
doing its job) was intercepted and escorted by armed fighters.
Observers are restricted to stay 20 meters (66 feet) from the nearest rigs,
boats, booms and other objects under penalties of heavy fines and jail terms.
Reporters complain this isn't close enough to get good pictures or News
coverage, and that they are blocked from the places they most want to see.
* Oil cleanup sights (including homes and private property) are off limits.
It will take years of
research, investigation, and scientific work to assess the damage from this
spill. It will take time even to independently verify the leaks are
stopped. BP is buying up all the scientists in the area, and this work
will be done under tight nondisclosure agreements and attorney-client
privilege. Not only will the findings be sealed, but they will be sealed so tightly
that not even a court order could allow disclosure or testimony (not now or
ever). I never thought I'd be quoting Huffington Post, but even the Far Left is
upset about this.
Many suspect that the gross negligence
and neglect that caused the spill might have been a deliberate ploy to get
Obama's Cap and Trade Bill (Rationing and Taxing Energy) passed. If so,
it didn't work. The public and Congress is getting
skeptical of Obama's use of "crisis politics" to advance his radical agendas.
The BP rig explosion has caused the greatest oil mess in U.S. history, and
eco-activists are puzzled as to why they can't exploit it to advance
initiatives such as climate-change legislation. "It's hard to imagine a more
useful disaster," wrote two Washington Post environmentalist reporters,
noting a squandered opportunity.
Though it all, the public remains
supportive of using oil and drilling offshore.
Obama has failed again to move
his Cap and Trade
forward, but Harry Reid is introducing other anti-energy legislation by the end
of July. This is an excellent time for Congress to have an informed debate,
including a nonpartisan investigation and a public report about the spill, before
"solutions" are legislated and more deficits are incurred.
The last thing we need is another
bailout with taxpayer money, with those who caused the problem in charge of
fixing the problem. Gallup's 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll
finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year.
We must block Cap and Trade (Obama is
desperate to pass it this year) and we should pray
for a free election in November (this we got). Obama wants to do to energy what Stalin did to
John D. Trudel, Consultant Emeritus, Inventor, Engineer, Author, retired Adjunct Professor (U. of Oregon), and Novelist.
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