Monday, May 17, 2010

Another Federal Government Failure - The Oil Disaster

It is rather difficult to watch congressional hearings that often are designed as show trials to torture corporate executives when Members of Congress never, never take responsibility for anything negative that happens in the United States when they are often at the root of the problem. (i.e Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae at the heart of the financial crisis) Once again, we watched British Petroleum executives experience trial by fire concerning the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf. Don't get me wrong, if BP is responsible for this accident as a result of negligence they should pay and pay and pay. And, even if there was no negligence, BP still should pay for the clean up and for damages to all that are impacted by this terrible disaster. With profits come risks and this is one of those risks in the oil business that must be accepted as a cost of doing business.

However, the federal government has dirty oil on its hands too. The Interior Department Energy and Mineral Management Service is responsible for regulating off shore oil drilling including all the safety issues to prevent accidents like the one that has occurred in the Gulf. Chris Oynes, the Associate Director at the Department of Interior, in charge of this agency decided to "retire" rather than face the heat. Whether Oynes was actually fired, or just pushed out is irrelevant. The fact is that the federal government is guilty of blatant incompetence, as usual. Of course, radical Socialist Senator Barbara Boxer of California and seven other Senators are planning an investigation of BP perhaps hoping to find some criminal intent. That's fine; but why not investigate the federal government, as well, to see who was on the take, or was getting kick backs to avoid inspections of this oil rig. For once, a government employee needs to be held responsible and perhaps go to jail if there was any shenanigans.

Socialist President Obama is convening a Presidential Panel to determine the causes of the accident. This is kind of like Obama's Debt Commission, which is a big farce. The Debt Commission will recommend higher taxes to fund Obama's Socialist Schemes and means testing for the rich; surprise, surprise. The Oil Disaster Panel will blame the disaster on BP rather than focusing on the government bureaucracy that failed to do its job. Why waste time and money on these commissions when the outcome is certain?

This is the same federal government that now is in place to regulate our Health Care. This is the same federal government that has bankrupted Social Security by stealing our contributions since 1965. This is the same federal government that is running a $13 Trillion national debt with more to come. Mismanagement in Washington is legend; yet Members of Congress have the audacity to lecture those who come before them as though they are not running the largest Ponzi scheme in human history. It would be laughable except for the fact that Congressional mismanagement will lead to the bankrupcy of the United States, which is a whole lot worse than an oil spill in the Gulf.

We must take back our country in 2010 and 2012 by electing Conservatives who support limited government, a balanced budget, lower taxes and less regulation, term limits, a strong national defense, real energy independence and health care reform, the right to bear arms, the sanctity of life and family values. We must elect Conservatives who support the Constitution, as written by our Founding Fathers, not as contrived by our current Socialist President, former Presidents, Congresses, or the Courts. The last thing we need is bigger government because the Federal government has proven over and again that it cannot manage important functions. We must take back our country in 2010 and 2012. We can do it. We must do it for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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