Dear Mr. President, I Thought the Buck Stopped With You

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Deepwater Horizon Burns - April 2010 (Source: USCG)

Politico somehow got an interview with Barack “Ass Kicker” Obama today, in which the disastrous situation in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the oil spill was discussed.

According to Mr. Obama, the blame for the oil spill should be shared by some members of Congress, but only some.

“I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending.”

It’s nice the President isn’t going to name who, in Congress, is against big government overregulation and wasteful spending. That leaves it completely open to interpretation, since it could be anyone.

Of course, Obama didn’t ask Congress to crack down on the oil industry, nor did he anticipate how to deal with a huge spill disaster. If he had, he might have found that some people might have had two answers for him: no on the crack down, maybe on the emergency planning. I know I’m new to this conservative thing, but I’m betting, rather than have the government plan for a disaster, conservatives would have asked oil companies such as BP to plan for their own disaster contingencies.

But the President didn’t ask, so Congress didn’t tell.

In Politico’s article, Obama goes on to slam conservative activists, almost whining about how those anti-government types who don’t want federal control now demand the government actually do something.

Wrong again.

The Tea Party are anti-big government, it’s true. That doesn’t mean we want the government to do nothing; it means we want the government to do only what it has to do.

The government hasn’t been able to do anything about the oil spill, to date. But they have managed to take over the student loan industry, set our health care system on the path towards socialization, formulate a plan to exert control over the Internet and journalism, move us towards completely unnecessary and business-busting environmental policies, etc., etc.

Clearly, Obama has no problem exerting control over just about every aspect of American society. Meanwhile, he seems to have all the time in the world for golf games and vacations. And his opinions are legion. He’s even chimed in on the recent “perfect game” fiasco. (There are currently no plans for the Obama administration to socialize major league baseball, but stay tuned!)

Now, however, Obama doesn’t want to be responsible. He wants conservatives to share the blame based on a pure hypothetical. But wasn’t it just a couple weeks ago when he said …

In fact, the Prez seems to say that a lot. He’s said it of the failed Christmas terror bombing and of AIG. Now, when his popularity is once again waning over his complete lack of ability to do anything useful, it’s the conservatives who must share the blame for not playing ball.

You’re right, Barry. Let’s play ball. You’re up. Let’s see what you got.

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3 Responses to “Dear Mr. President, I Thought the Buck Stopped With You”
  1. bteacher99 says:

    I know what I’d like to see next (if I can’t write it myself): the MLB, BHO style.
    The first rule change might be “1, 2, 3, 4 strikes, yer out at the old ball game.” After all, the pitcher doesn’t walk you until the 4th “ball”, so why should the batter be unfairly penalized and subject to derision and possible job loss after only 3 strikes?

    Obama just isn’t all that good with natural disasters directly involving his citizenry and our little corner of the planet, have you noticed? The Nashville floods were a non-starter for him. The oil spill might eventually be found to be caused by human error or intentional act, but all that oil spewing from the ocean floor qualifies as a disaster of nature. Sure, he responded pretty quickly to the Haitian earthquake, but a) Haiti is its own country, not a US territory and b) the number of US lives lost was insignificant compared to the loss of Haitian citizens.

    Wake up and look around, BHO: you “didn’t ask, so Congress didn’t tell” and we’re left to clean up after you. It’s not all about you and your dreams, but some of us feel you are the point man for our nightmares.

  2. emuleman says:

    Another nice article Chris. I am glad I discovered your blog recently!

    I myself was thinking that the US Government is involved in regulating just about everything under the sun. But when it comes to something like the gulf oil disaster. something I believe everyone believes the US Government should oversee, we see nothing from them. This is the biggest clear case of Obama being in over his head. This is when he needs to take charge and lead.

    Could you just image the field day the liberals and the press would be having if this had happened while Bush and Cheney were in office? But once again the press seems to be giving Obama another pass on this one, especially after that “kick butt” speech.. I would like to know whose butt is he kicking?

    I only hope that this oil spill will be contained soon. I get very upset when I see the news reports about how horrible it is down in the gulf, and I hope and pray that the damage doesn’t end up as bad as they are predicting.

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