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(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mr Obama's Gulf Coast "Reaction" -- The REAL Plan:

At the time of this writing, Mr Obama has not yet produced his Oval Office address -- scheduled at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific (my time). The speech is but a few minutes away for me.

Perhaps you were wondering why it is that Mr Obama hasn't jumped, federally, into the gulf oil spill problem with both feet, kicking aside red tape, rolling up his sleeves, offering every bit of assistance possible, not pointing fingers -- saying he'll do that later -- but, instead, taking the philosophy of the Japanese to heart: "fix the problem, not the blame."

Why?

Very easy: politics.

A wonderful, wonderful opportunity has fallen into the collective laps of Mr Obama, Rahm Emanual, Robert Gibbs, Valerie Jarrett, George Soros, Jim Messina, David Axelrod, et al.

Here is Mr Obama's Perfect Storm.

In which to ramrod through onerous versions of CapNTax.

As Mr Obama himself said, your energy costs will "necessarily skyrocket."

He doesn't care one whit about the gulf. He cares, instead, about enabling his agendas.

BOHICA, America. Just you wait for his speech.

BZ



UPDATE: On The 57th DAY:

In toto, how could we primarily object to his points? Mr Obama spoke in such sweeping generalizations as to make his pointed speech almost pointless, with logic demanding a seat at the "back of the bus."

Text of his address:

As Prepared for Delivery—

Good evening. As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges. At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American. Abroad, our brave men and women in uniform are taking the fight to al Qaeda wherever it exists. And tonight, I’ve returned from a trip to the Gulf Coast to speak with you about the battle we’re waging against an oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens.

On April 20th, an explosion ripped through BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, about forty miles off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven workers lost their lives. Seventeen others were injured. And soon, nearly a mile beneath the surface of the ocean, oil began spewing into the water.

Because there has never been a leak of this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology. That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge – a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation’s Secretary of Energy. Scientists at our national labs and experts from academia and other oil companies have also provided ideas and advice.

As a result of these efforts, we have directed BP to mobilize additional equipment and technology. In the coming days and weeks, these efforts should capture up to 90% of the oil leaking out of the well. This is until the company finishes drilling a relief well later in the summer that is expected to stop the leak completely.

Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. And unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it is not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years.

But make no mistake: we will fight this spill with everything we’ve got for as long it takes. We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused. And we will do whatever’s necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy.

Tonight I’d like to lay out for you what our battle plan is going forward: what we’re doing to clean up the oil, what we’re doing to help our neighbors in the Gulf, and what we’re doing to make sure that a catastrophe like this never happens again.

First, the cleanup. From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge of the largest environmental cleanup effort in our nation’s history – an effort led by Admiral Thad Allen, who has almost forty years of experience responding to disasters. We now have nearly 30,000 personnel who are working across four states to contain and cleanup the oil. Thousands of ships and other vessels are responding in the Gulf. And I have authorized the deployment of over 17,000 National Guard members along the coast. These servicemen and women are ready to help stop the oil from coming ashore, clean beaches, train response workers, or even help with processing claims – and I urge the governors in the affected states to activate these troops as soon as possible.

Because of our efforts, millions of gallons of oil have already been removed from the water through burning, skimming, and other collection methods. Over five and a half million feet of boom has been laid across the water to block and absorb the approaching oil. We have approved the construction of new barrier islands in Louisiana to try and stop the oil before it reaches the shore, and we are working with Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to implement creative approaches to their unique coastlines.

As the clean up continues, we will offer whatever additional resources and assistance our coastal states may need. Now, a mobilization of this speed and magnitude will never be perfect, and new challenges will always arise. I saw and heard evidence of that during this trip. So if something isn’t working, we want to hear about it. If there are problems in the operation, we will fix them.

But we have to recognize that despite our best efforts, oil has already caused damage to our coastline and its wildlife. And sadly, no matter how effective our response becomes, there will be more oil and more damage before this siege is done. That’s why the second thing we’re focused on is the recovery and restoration of the Gulf Coast.


You know, for generations, men and women who call this region home have made their living from the water. That living is now in jeopardy. I’ve talked to shrimpers and fishermen who don’t know how they’re going to support their families this year. I’ve seen empty docks and restaurants with fewer customers – even in areas where the beaches are not yet affected. I’ve talked to owners of shops and hotels who wonder when the tourists will start to come back. The sadness and anger they feel is not just about the money they’ve lost. It’s about a wrenching anxiety that their way of life may be lost.

I refuse to let that happen. Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness. And this fund will not be controlled by BP. In order to ensure that all legitimate claims are paid out in a fair and timely manner, the account must and will be administered by an independent, third party.

Beyond compensating the people of the Gulf in the short-term, it’s also clear we need a long-term plan to restore the unique beauty and bounty of this region. The oil spill represents just the latest blow to a place that has already suffered multiple economic disasters and decades of environmental degradation that has led to disappearing wetlands and habitats. And the region still hasn’t recovered from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. That’s why we must make a commitment to the Gulf Coast that goes beyond responding to the crisis of the moment.

I make that commitment tonight. Earlier, I asked Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, a former governor of Mississippi, and a son of the Gulf, to develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan as soon as possible. The plan will be designed by states, local communities, tribes, fishermen, businesses, conservationists, and other Gulf residents. And BP will pay for the impact this spill has had on the region.


The third part of our response plan is the steps we’re taking to ensure that a disaster like this does not happen again. A few months ago, I approved a proposal to consider new, limited offshore drilling under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe – that the proper technology would be in place and the necessary precautions would be taken.

That was obviously not the case on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and I want to know why. The American people deserve to know why. The families I met with last week who lost their loved ones in the explosion – these families deserve to know why. And so I have established a National Commission to understand the causes of this disaster and offer recommendations on what additional safety and environmental standards we need to put in place. Already, I have issued a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. I know this creates difficulty for the people who work on these rigs, but for the sake of their safety, and for the sake of the entire region, we need to know the facts before we allow deepwater drilling to continue. And while I urge the Commission to complete its work as quickly as possible, I expect them to do that work thoroughly and impartially.

One place we have already begun to take action is at the agency in charge of regulating drilling and issuing permits, known as the Minerals Management Service. Over the last decade, this agency has become emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility – a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves. At this agency, industry insiders were put in charge of industry oversight. Oil companies showered regulators with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations.

When Ken Salazar became my Secretary of the Interior, one of his very first acts was to clean up the worst of the corruption at this agency. But it’s now clear that the problems there ran much deeper, and the pace of reform was just too slow. And so Secretary Salazar and I are bringing in new leadership at the agency – Michael Bromwich, who was a tough federal prosecutor and Inspector General. His charge over the next few months is to build an organization that acts as the oil industry’s watchdog – not its partner.

One of the lessons we’ve learned from this spill is that we need better regulations better safety standards, and better enforcement when it comes to offshore drilling. But a larger lesson is that no matter how much we improve our regulation of the industry, drilling for oil these days entails greater risk. After all, oil is a finite resource. We consume more than 20% of the world’s oil, but have less than 2% of the world’s oil reserves. And that’s part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean – because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

For decades, we have known the days of cheap and easily accessible oil were numbered. For decades, we have talked and talked about the need to end America’s century-long addiction to fossil fuels. And for decades, we have failed to act with the sense of urgency that this challenge requires. Time and again, the path forward has been blocked – not only by oil industry lobbyists, but also by a lack of political courage and candor.

The consequences of our inaction are now in plain sight. Countries like China are investing in clean energy jobs and industries that should be here in America. Each day, we send nearly $1 billion of our wealth to foreign countries for their oil. And today, as we look to the Gulf, we see an entire way of life being threatened by a menacing cloud of black crude.

We cannot consign our children to this future. The tragedy unfolding on our coast is the most painful and powerful reminder yet that the time to embrace a clean energy future is now. Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash American innovation and seize control of our own destiny.

This is not some distant vision for America. The transition away from fossil fuels will take some time, but over the last year and a half, we have already taken unprecedented action to jumpstart the clean energy industry. As we speak, old factories are reopening to produce wind turbines, people are going back to work installing energy-efficient windows, and small businesses are making solar panels. Consumers are buying more efficient cars and trucks, and families are making their homes more energy-efficient. Scientists and researchers are discovering clean energy technologies that will someday lead to entire new industries.

Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of good, middle-class jobs – but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment. And only if we rally together and act as one nation – workers and entrepreneurs; scientists and citizens; the public and private sectors.

When I was a candidate for this office, I laid out a set of principles that would move our country towards energy independence. Last year, the House of Representatives acted on these principles by passing a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill – a bill that finally makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America’s businesses.

Now, there are costs associated with this transition. And some believe we can’t afford those costs right now. I say we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy – because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.

So I am happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party – as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels. Some have suggested raising efficiency standards in our buildings like we did in our cars and trucks. Some believe we should set standards to ensure that more of our electricity comes from wind and solar power. Others wonder why the energy industry only spends a fraction of what the high-tech industry does on research and development – and want to rapidly boost our investments in such research and development.

All of these approaches have merit, and deserve a fair hearing in the months ahead. But the one approach I will not accept is inaction. The one answer I will not settle for is the idea that this challenge is too big and too difficult to meet. You see, the same thing was said about our ability to produce enough planes and tanks in World War II. The same thing was said about our ability to harness the science and technology to land a man safely on the surface of the moon. And yet, time and again, we have refused to settle for the paltry limits of conventional wisdom. Instead, what has defined us as a nation since our founding is our capacity to shape our destiny – our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how to get there. We know we’ll get there.

It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.

Each year, at the beginning of shrimping season, the region’s fishermen take part in a tradition that was brought to America long ago by fishing immigrants from Europe. It’s called “The Blessing of the Fleet,” and today it’s a celebration where clergy from different religions gather to say a prayer for the safety and success of the men and women who will soon head out to sea – some for weeks at a time.

The ceremony goes on in good times and in bad. It took place after Katrina, and it took place a few weeks ago – at the beginning of the most difficult season these fishermen have ever faced.

And still, they came and they prayed. For as a priest and former fisherman once said of the tradition, “The blessing is not that God has promised to remove all obstacles and dangers. The blessing is that He is with us always,” a blessing that’s granted “…even in the midst of the storm.”


The oil spill is not the last crisis America will face.

This nation has known hard times before and we will surely know them again. What sees us through – what has always seen us through – is our strength, our resilience, and our unyielding faith that something better awaits us if we summon the courage to reach for it. Tonight, we pray for that courage. We pray for the people of the Gulf. And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day.

Thank you, God Bless You, and may God Bless the United States of America.

The most important sentence of his speech?

"Now, there are costs associated with this transition. And some believe we can’t afford those costs right now. I say we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy – because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater."

Costs.

CapNTax, people.

And yet, was not BP one of the first members of the Cap-And-Trade lobby?

MSNBC critiques Mr Obama. Oh. My. God.

You heard and read it here first and foremost.

BZ

12 Comments:

Blogger Always On Watch said...

I've decided not to watch BHO speak tonight. I've found that watching him pisses me off too much.

Instead, I'll read the transcript in the newspaper tomorrow.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure what he's going to say: mostly along the lines of demonizing Big Oil and the necessity of saving the environment.

A few minutes ago, I read this post: "Governments Make More on Oil than 'Big Oil' Does," filled with inconvenient facts that BHO will do his best to keep from the American people.

Tue Jun 15, 05:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Old NFO said...

I was not impressed... at all...

Tue Jun 15, 06:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

"But make no mistake"

I'd love to play poker with that dumb SOB, he has far too many *tells*...

"But make no mistake" is one of his better ones...

Tue Jun 15, 07:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

Don't you LOVE Olbermann, Fineman and Matthews dissing THEIR HERO? I posted that video this morning!
All of this is a joke; "the REAL PLAN"...
And, it always looks like it's ALL ABOUT HIM.

Wed Jun 16, 07:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Last night the biggest MORON to ever infest the Oval Office removed all doubt that he really is a clueless MORON and positioned himself head and shoulders above all past MORONS in the White House... And the MSM actually noticed...

Wed Jun 16, 10:38:00 AM PDT  
Blogger tha malcontent said...

Even the Top 3 Lefties Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman, all trashed the Comrades speech.
Chris Matthewssaid: "I don't sense executive command." And compared Obama to Carter!

Keith Olbermann said: "It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days."

When the three stooges couldn't even agree with the Party Commander, you know that it must have been pretty bad!

Wed Jun 16, 12:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Leticia said...

You know what I see when I am reading this? Blah, blah, blah... He is so full of crap! I see nothing that informs this nation that the hole is going to be plugged!

Plug the friggin hole and shut up already! Enough talk.

Wed Jun 16, 02:32:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

The pure number of lies, misinformation, inability to separate science from engineering and just pure incompetence was astounding.

Unfortunately if you are not letting a good crisis go to waste you can miss the fact that a bad crisis will waste you. That is what is going on now: a crisis bad enough that it can't be exploited because it is eating the exploiter alive. And its obvious to anyone with two brain cells, which is why the Left is criticizing him.

He still has single brain cell supporters. But even they will start to get their old survival instinct going soon.

Wed Jun 16, 05:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Instead, what has defined us as a nation since our founding is our capacity to shape our destiny – our determination to fight for the America we want for our children. Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like. Even if we don’t yet know precisely how to get there. We know we’ll get there.



Huh?!?

Wed Jun 16, 09:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Wordsmith cites what is possibly the most moronic statement ever from any POTUS.

My Alzheimer's afflicted mother-in-law was, one day, wandering all over the house. I asked her, "What are you looking for?"

She replied, "I don't know. But I'll know when I find it."

Dementia.

Thu Jun 17, 06:17:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Wordsmith: likely THE point here. What in the frakkin' HELL do you mean, Obama??

BZ

Thu Jun 17, 06:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Translated: 'We don't know what we want, we don't know where we are, we don't know how to get there and we don't know what we're doing... but we really will get to wherever it is, somehow.'

Yup, pure and insensate tripe was put on display by the POTUS. For a guy supposed to be so intelligent, he ain't so smart.

Sun Jun 20, 02:46:00 AM PDT  

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