Obama claims that Oil Spill shows that small government doesn't work
The government hasn't responded for weeks to requests that the Jindal can place barrier islands to stop the oil.
Bureaucracy: Alabama Governor Bob Riley (R) criticized the committee of federal agencies that is currently in place to coordinate response to the oil spill. "It's a committee where any one member has absolute veto power," Riley said. "I don't think you can do that."
Politics drives decisions:
The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about "America's addiction to oil." One member has blogged about it regularly.
Only one of the seven commissioners, the dean of Harvard's engineering and applied sciences school, has a prominent engineering background — but it's in optics and physics. Another is an environmental scientist with expertise in coastal areas and the after-effects of oil spills. Both are praised by other scientists.
The five other commissioners are experts in policy and management.
The White House said the commission will focus on the government's "too cozy" relationship with the oil industry. A presidential spokesman said panel members will "consult the best minds and subject matter experts" as they do their work.
The commission has yet to meet, yet some panel members had made their views known.
Environmental activist Frances Beinecke on May 27 blogged: "We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America's addiction to oil." And on June 3, May 27, May 22, May 18, May 4, she called for bans on drilling offshore and the Arctic. . . .
There is also the problem with Obama hasn't put the Jones Act aside so that foreign skimmers can be used to clean up the mess. This act was done to protect labor unions.
Why weren't the inspections the Minerals Management Service performed on the Deepwater Horizonable to detect the problems before they occurred?
Even Obama's supporters admit that he responded slowly. Finally, Public Policy Polling (a Democrat polling organization) has a new poll showing that more Louisiana's think that Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama did with the oil spill.