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Obama Goes Back to the Gulf

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Posted on Jun 15, 2010
Obama and Crist
AP / Charles Dharapak

President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Tuesday.

Once more, with feeling: President Barack Obama paid yet another visit to the disaster-stricken Gulf Coast on Tuesday to survey the scene and to do a little damage control of his own.  —KA

The Wall Street Journal:

With his visits to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, Mr. Obama was trying to blunt criticism of his administration’s efforts to guard those states from the environmental and economic damage already done to Louisiana.

Residents and officials in all three states have voiced dissatisfaction with the administration’s management of the spill response, and with BP PLC’s handling of damage claims filed by residents and businesses harmed by the disaster.

Mr. Obama said he has begun “constructive” talks with BP on the creation of an independently operated recovery fund to ensure “legitimate claims are dealt with fairly, justly, promptly.”

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By rico, suave, June 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

cyrena:
Iran. They are one of the biggest oil producers in the world. They have to IMPORT gasoline. What’s THAT about? Do you think that if there was a free market there, that some company would have figured out how to provide gasoline?

Sweden. Can’t say. Don’t know.

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By rico, suave, June 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment

rangdrol:
“corporatism itself, the ability to hurt others at potential profit but no potential hurt to oneself”

Well, let’s see. If a corporation pisses me off for whatever reason, I’ll stop buying their product. Don’t you think that will hurt the corporation? Isn’t it in the best interest of the corporation to keep everybody they deal with happy? As for government-run industries- what incentive do they have? They have a monopoly.

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By rangdrol, June 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

How about China, Iran (before BP and the CIA deposed Moussadeq), Venezuela…The more pressing point is that corporatism itself, the ability to hurt others at potential profit but no potential hurt to oneself, is itself put into stark display by this episode.

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By cyrena, June 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

By rico, suave, June 15 at 6:12 pm #
rangdrol:

Why do you think a nationalized oil industry would
treat its workers, the consumer and the environment
any better than a private one?

Is there any example in the world to support your
claim?

*****

Iran maybe? Sweden as well.

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By rico, suave, June 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

rangdrol:

Why do you think a nationalized oil industry would treat its workers, the consumer and the environment any better than a private one?

Is there any example in the world to support your claim?

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By rangdrol, June 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm Link to this comment

The amazing thing is that the joke liberal “left” is so busy defending Obama that they miss making the greatest argument against corporate control of fundamental resources that ever slapped the average citizen in the face…If you did to your next door neighbor what BP did to theirs, you would be in jail.

Nationalize oil!

The irony is that if Obama wanted to seize the the oil companies, the only power he would have is the US military, which is an arm of the oil companies. Oh well…

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By Jimnp72, June 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment

what a wonderful opportunity for the repugs. now they can have it both ways-
they can viciously attack him for doing too much, and in the same breath viciously
attack him for doing too little.

his job sucks and Id rather be dead

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By skulz fontaine, June 15, 2010 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

‘Back To The Gulf’. Sounds like a Spielberg movie.

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By rico, suave, June 15, 2010 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Attention all you conspiracy buffs:

Katrina conspiracies I’ve heard from the left:
1. Bush used secret military technology to steer the storm to New Orleans.
2. Bush blew up the levees.
3. Bush delayed responding to the storm because he wanted all the blacks in the city to die or leave so he could turn it into a white city.

BP spill stories I’ve heard from the right:
1. Obama blew up the platform as a pretext for calling a halt to off-shore drilling.
2. Obama would not waive the Jones act and allow foreign ships to help in the cleanup, knowing it would increase the risk of oil fouling the coast.

Which set of conspiracies are the more plausible.

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By Old Man Turtle, June 15, 2010 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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Obama is but one among legions of talking heads on TV insisting the Gulf oil spill is “the worst environmental catastrophe in American history,” and similarly hyperbolic words to that effect.  The ugly truth, of course, is that America itself is the worst environmental catastrophe not only in its own blood-soaked history but in most of the rest of the dying green-house world’s, as well.  America is nothing but an environmental catastrophe, and it is one that will be getting (quite quickly) very much worse before America’s self-destruction lets things here begin to get better.

Obama also promises to “leave the Gulf better than it was.”  So just leave!  The minute that happens, things will be better already.  American out of Turtle Island!

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By Samson, June 15, 2010 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

He’d be more useful if someone would give him a sponge and a bucket to start cleaning up his mess.

And it is his mess.  His administration had been here long enough to review what BP was doing, and if they didn’t like it to shut them down.  Instead, Obama revealed his true goals by only worrying about how to EXPAND offshore drilling.

Its Obama’s mess, along with BP.  Someone get him a bucket and a sponge to start cleaning it up.

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