White House Hiding Deepwater Public Data

July 13, 2010

The list of foreign offers of help to close the leaking BP Deepwater oil well was finally announced on June 29.The US will accept 22 offers of assistance from 12 of the 27 countries and international bodies that have volunteered to help.  It includes 2 oil skimmers from Japan.

The official memo is available on the Department of State website.  It mentions a chart of who and what, posted at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/143488.pdf

But when you click on the link, the referring page returns “File Not Found.” I did a search through the site, and it’s not there. I was clearly there at one time, but not today.

It’s day 70 and not making much progress. What’s the White House trying to hide?

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How Obama Destroyed the Gulf Economy

June 9, 2010

Our President says he’s going to get tough with the oil companies.  He’s having his Attorney General prepare to prosecute BP officials.  He’s going to ask them to compensate all the fishermen, and the tourism industry, and anyone else affected by the oil spill.

That’s what a community organizer does.  He makes them pay.  But first he makes sure the situation is bad.

What was the first thing Mr Obama did when the oil well caught fire?  He said he was concerned, but that’s all.  When the oil started leaking, he had the Coast Guard  drop a dispersant, but all that did was drop the slick under water, where it couldn’t be skimmed on its way to the beaches.

Louisiana Governor Jindall asked for permission to build artificial reefs to protect the wetlands.  The administration sat on the request.  It still isn’t approved, though the Governor recently order building the barrier be started anyway.

And what does BP say?  According to Reuters, the foreign-owned company said they will pay reasonable costs for damage caused by the  spill.

I’m thinking that most of the costs are going to be disallowed by BP.  They’re gonna claim the spill was exacerbated by the government.  Then they’re gonna leave.  Oil costs in the US will jump, and the economy will suffer trying to pay for restoration of the gulf states.


“All Hat”

May 6, 2010

Great analysis at FoxNews.  And they used the phrase “all hat, no cattle.”  I called him an empty suit.  Whatever phrase you use, it’s clear that either the administration is lying, or it is inept.

When the explosion first happened, the administration made a choice to rely on BP.  They were the experts and assured him they could handle it. So he went on a vacation in North Carolina.  His interior secretary also went on vacation.

“For 9 days after the initial explosion the president remained silent. His administration relied on BP to respond instead of swinging into action with every asset available to insure a rapid, necessary and proper response. The administration’s immediate response was to state that this was BP’s problem and that they would be held accountable for any and all damages that flowed from their accident.”

Finally, the uncontained spill began to threaten the US coast, and the President sprang into action.  He went to go see the beaches one last time before the oil got there, and mobilized his staff to start telling everyone they were working on the problem.  Listen to how many times you heard “from day one” on the Sunday talk shows.

Fox News points out this sounds a lot like the attempted Christmas day airline bombing, “the first act on terror on American soil since 9/11.”  Secretary Napalitano had thought it was a single individual acting alone, and Attorney General Holder read him his rights and gave him a public defender.  Mr Obama was vacationing in Hawaii and didn’t weigh in for 3 days, not until it became clear the man was working as part of a Yemeni Al Qaeda terror group.

And so we say he is “all hat, no cattle” – all talk, no action.  I believe that he underestimates the importance of the office, of prompt action on the important issues, and that he is generally ineffective at controlling the situations.  I have to.  The only other explanation is that he is lying about his involvement and purposely waited until a small problem became a major crisis for him to step in to fix.  He’s not that uncaring, is he?

or 9 days after the initial explosion the president remained silent. His administration relied on BP to respond instead of swinging into action with every asset available to insure a rapid, necessary and proper response. The administration’s immediate response was to state that this was BP’s problem and that they would be held accountable for any and all damages that flowed from their accident.

Our Community-Organizer-In-Chief

May 5, 2010

The American media didn’t take Sarah Palin seriously during the campaign, so even when she said something worth listening to, it was immediately discounted as just another crazy idea from the funny lady up north.  But when she made a distinction between managing and organizing, she was foretelling the current crisis.

What Mr Obama learned about community organizing is that it’s hard to get people excited about a problem taken care of quickly.  It has to escalate into a crisis to be solved, so the organizer can be the one to offer the solution.  You have to keep the workers from talking to management until the situation gets out of hand, until the point when an outside mediator is needed to come settle the issue.

Perhaps that’s why Mr Obama did nothing about the BP oil spill for the first week.  It was not a national priority to enforce an environmental impact study before authorizing drilling.  It was not a crisis yet when the rig caught fire.  It still was not a crisis when the rig first sank.

Indeed, on Earth Day, April 22, two days after the rig started to burn, Mr Obama gave a speech on the importance of off-shore drilling, hearkening back to a speech given April 2, when he had confidently declared “oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills.”

The next day, Friday, April 23, the president affirmed there was nothing to worry about, and left Washington for a vacation in North Carolina.  But by the time he returned home Wed night, the well was already leaking, and the White House was starting to look around at who to give the blame to.

Not until May 3 did the Coast Guard send out the cutter Oak to start the skimming operation.  The day before, the President had made a hastily arranged visit to the Gulf, but bad weather kept him standing on the Louisiana beach, promising to do something, to spend as much of the national treasury as needed to clean up the spill.

Rather than managing the accident, he’s organizing an excuse to spend someone else’s money to fix a massive problem that could  have been prevented, had the nation had a Chief Executive.  That’s why I call him an Empty Suit, only able to organize disaster.

source:  NPR