Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Obama's Katrina - Where Is The Leadership?

It is now day 43 of the oil spill in the Gulf. This is likely to be the worst environmental disaster in American history. While British Petroleum should be completely responsible for this disaster including the cost of repair, clean up and damages to those impacted, Socialist President Obama has been missing in action related to the federal government response to this disaster. Of course, the left wing media criticized President George W Bush mercilessly related to the Katrina hurricane disaster in New Orleans, when in fact it was the incompetence of the Socialist Governor of Louisiana and Mayor of New Orleans who were the real culprits that impeded assistance with Katrina. This time around the left wing media is strangely silent because this time around we have a Socialist President that they support.

Here is the deal. As soon as this spill occurred, Obama should have brought together leading Scientists and engineers to discuss both the repair and the clean up to assist BP with the best thinking in America. And, then the President should have convened an economic round table including the Governors of surrounding states, the US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to assess the damage to local businesses and identify remedies. Finally, Obama should have marshaled talent from all over the US to work on clean up solutions. In order to best coordinate the federal government's response and clean up, Obama should have appointed a respected power player from business, not the military, to bring national focus to this effort.

Obama the lawyer and teacher does not have a clue how to be Obama the Commander and Chief and Leader. This tragedy in the Gulf is as much the fault of the federal government due to lax oversight as BP. And now, the problem is compounded by Obama's weak or even non-existent leadership. Various Socialists are now calling for the nationalization of BP in order for the government to take over the company. Clearly, Obama and the Socialists who control Congress are bankrupting our country and moving the US toward becoming a banana republic where nationalization of American companies is common. So, perhaps this solution should be no surprise particularly after nationalization of banks and auto companies. What a stupid idea!!

Instead of effectively dealing with the spill, Obama sent his Attorney General Eric Holder to the Gulf to threaten criminal action against BP, which immediately resulted in a drop in BP's stock price, which was another stupid move. If the government forces BP into bankruptcy and potential government take over, the American people will get stuck with the bill of this repair, clean up and damages. Doing anything at this time that weakens BP is dumb, dumb, dumb. BP should be on the hook for billions of dollars, which will not occur if BP is forced into bankruptcy.

The Obama Administration is filled with Socialist egg heads with no real world management experience. The ability to lead comes from experience not book learning, or theory. This oil spill is Obama's Katrina and so far the President has demonstrated that he is not up to the job to deal with this disaster.

We must take back our country in 2010 and 2012 by electing Conservatives with real world experience who support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, 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. Most important, 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. We must take back our country by sweeping these Socialists out of office making Obama, Jimmy Carter II, a one term President. We can do it. We must do it for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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