Saturday, May 22, 2010

Obama Establishes Bipartisan National Commission on BP Deepwater Horizon and Offshore Drilling

It's mind-boggling when you look at the big picture sometimes. Here's my morning paper, with this lovely front-cover photograph of the oil-soaked dead bird, with the headline, "Spill's Ugly Reality Sets In":


Millions of Southern Californians will see the paper, and naturally --- like any thoughtful, caring person --- they'll be filled with revulsion at the sight of the environmental damage and loss of life. Exactly what the Times' editors hoped to solicit.

Then on top of that, the
neo-communist left is working the Gulf spill for all it's worth, rekindling hardline efforts to destroy the domestic petroleum industry and empower the radical green-government takeover of America. Of course, President Obama's been getting hammered by the radical hordes, who're steadily working him back into his radical ACORN community organizing roots:

And notice how it's all coming together nicely. Never let a crisis go to waste, remember? Obama's always been partial to a state takeover of energy:

And now, conveniently, the president's completely free to exploit BP Deepwater Horizon for massive ideological impact. See, "Weekly Address: President Obama Establishes Bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling" (via Memeorandum). And here's the key open-ended commitment to "punish" big business:
First and foremost, what led to this disaster was a breakdown of responsibility on the part of BP and perhaps others, including Transocean and Halliburton. And we will continue to hold the relevant companies accountable not only for being forthcoming and transparent about the facts surrounding the leak, but for shutting it down, repairing the damage it does, and repaying Americans who’ve suffered a financial loss.

But even as we continue to hold BP accountable, we also need to hold Washington accountable. Now, this catastrophe is unprecedented in its nature, and it presents a host of new challenges we are working to address. But the question is what lessons we can learn from this disaster to make sure it never happens again.

This is how free markets --- to say nothing of democracies --- perish. Yep, behold the Democratic-left's modus operandi. And watch the upcoming feedback loop: The administration proposes more regulation, that's insufficient for the leftists, and after a couple more iterations of the policy cycle, the administration tops off the previous commission recommendations with a new beefier set of regulations.

Time for Americans to
stand up and fight.


kato said...

so what do we do with the loss of life and eco-damage? just shrug our shoulders and say "oh well, let the free market continue"?

Tim Johnston said...

Do we even know what actually caused the spill? Could we wait for the answer before the President bankrupts the company who owns the oil?