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Thursday, May 27, 2010

President Barack Obama, faced with mounting criticism of his administration's response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, is set to travel to the region on Friday. Before he does, though, he will address the press and field questions on Thursday at 12:45. The president is expected to propose stronger oversight of rig inspections and drilling permits after the Interior Department delivers a report on the spill and the safety of offshore drilling.

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Abraham Fuchs

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to clean up a spill...
President Obama brought up the emotional question by his daughter, Malia, when she asked her Daddy when he's going to "plug the hole". The gov't does not have the expertise to "plug the hole" but what stops the gov't from hiring all the unemployed fisherman with their boats to clean up the spill? What about employing other out of work people to help with the clean up? If we run out of our people who need work we can always hang up a sign near the Arizona border with an arrow pointing towards the Gulf of Mexico! The catastrophe of the gushing oil is not about losing the oil; it's about its contamination of the water and when it washes up toward the coast line. Why was there no one working on the spill when CNN and James Carville were witnessing the devastation?
As we see clearly now that "plugging the hole" which Pres Obama focused on, may have to take months. In the meantime we have to maintain the integrity of the natural ocean. The focus should be on a constant
cleaning up of the spilled oil as it happens. Much in the same way that parents of babies need on a constant basis to clean up their baby from its own mess on a constant basis. Once is not enough. Complaining that the baby has soiled itself doesn't do the job either. If there were ever a legitimate
stimulus program it would be to hire people to clean up the Gulf spill which BP should ultimately be responsible for and we would compensate all those fisherman out there losing their job and they shouldn't have to fight with BP to get more than the measly $5,000 that BP is trying to get them to settle for.
Saudia Arabia used tankers to clean up a major mess when they had one. If China were involved with such a spill they'd send out a million people on boats with buckets to scoop up the oil, if that's all they had. Oh but we have to "train" people how to deal with such toxic materials and we have to equip them with hazmat suits! It's oil for God's sake - not radioactive plutonium! The only reason why workers out there are getting sick is not from the oil but from the spraying over the water to disburse the oil bringing back images of Agent Orange which sickened our Vietnam veterans.
President Obama has made references to people who stay on the sidelines and criticize others on how to use a mop when cleaning up a mess (purportedly Bush's). Well I'd say to you Mr. President listen to your own advice and stop pontificating on how to use a mop for this mess! Just have lots of eager people get a mop (so to speak) and clean up this mess! It's not rocket science!
The question by Malia should have been "Daddy, when are you going to clean up this mess?" It's understandable that she, being a child, got the question wrong but why do you Mr. President get it wrong when you say that you're "totally engaged" and you don't even know what to be "totally engaged"in?
Is the phrase "it's the cleanup, stupid" apropos here? As Bill O'Reilly would say - "you make the call".
In summary; The gov't has to have oversight and enforce existing laws that govern the industry and it must not be paralyzed when an emergency calls for action.

Jun. 01 2010 05:00 AM
Alison Haber

Boycott BP!!!!! My husband is not buying the gas at BP.

May. 27 2010 10:48 AM

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