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  • Rep. Bachmann Confused, Unimpressed by President's Oil Spill Response

    For more than 50 days — ever since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded — Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) has been “shocked.” She’s been moved by “tragic” and “heartwarming” TV scenes of the disaster. And she’s been confused by President Obama’s “weird,” “bizarre,” “odd” and “infantile” response to the oil spill.

    But she hasn’t been impressed. And she doesn’t expect to be impressed tonight when the president delivers his first prime-time Oval Office speech.

    “It appears what we’re going to hear tonight is a call for more legislation,” Bachmann said today at The Bloggers Briefing. “When are we ever going to talk about actually capping this hole?”

    In the weeks since the spill, Bachmann said, Obama has done precious little to present a solution to the actual problem in the Gulf – the as-yet-uncapped oil.

    Every response that has come out of the White House has been about the White House. … It’s been about them, and it doesn’t seem like it’s really been about stopping the hole and dealing with the devastation that’s going on down at the Gulf. … It’s weird and it’s odd and it’s an infantile response. It is infantile. You need to grow up, take responsibility and deal with this like an adult and solve problems.

    That’s not to say Obama has done nothing, however. As Bachmann pointed out, he’s criticized BP, collected “anecdotal stories” and proposed a new system to deal with damage claims, even though a system is already in place.

    But, until last week, Bachmann said, he couldn’t find the time to call BP’s CEO. He still hasn’t found a way around MMS permits, EPA studies and the Jones Act – all bureaucratic obstacles to action. And he’s refused aid from other companies and countries that have offered to help.

    “[The administration’s] been very good at pointing fingers and just not doing something,” Bachmann said. “It’s almost like you’d wonder if this was a pretext – shazam – to have cap and trade come forward.”

    But, Bachmann said, the government doesn’t deserve a reward for the disaster in the Gulf.

    “And that’s of course what cap-and-trade would be,” she said. “It would just give more money and more power to the federal government.”

    Nor should the government be allowed to use the Gulf spill as an excuse to buy out BP.

    “I hope the president isn’t going to send the signals now that he believes the United States should be equity owner in BP,” Bachmann said. “That would be the wrong signal to send.”

    And that very real possibility – that the Obama administration might send such hints – points to an even larger story, a story Bachmann called “the stunner story that has been very underreported.”

    The jurisdictional issue has been one of the most underreported issues that has gone on,” Bachmann said. “In 18 months time, we have gone from 100 percent ownership of the private economy in private hands to 51 percent of the private economy directly owned or controlled by the federal government. With what you’re seeing happening with financial services and now cap-and-trade, that could boost that closer up into the 70 percentile.

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    25 Responses to Rep. Bachmann Confused, Unimpressed by President's Oil Spill Response

    1. Antonio Sosa, Florid says:

      Cap and Trade “would be the equivalent of an atomic bomb directed at the U.S. economy—all without any scientific justification,” said famed climatologist Dr. S. Fred Singer. It would significantly increase taxes and the cost of energy, forcing many companies to close, thus increasing unemployment, poverty and dependence.

      Cap and trade represents huge taxes and cost increases, which will hurt mostly the poor and the middle class. Cap and trade will give dictatorial powers to Obama and will further enrich his billionaire friends (Gore, Soros, Goldman Sachs, Obama’s Chicago Climate Exchange friends, GE, the United Nations, etc.) — all at our expense and at the expense of our children and grandchildren.

      Obama and his accomplices know how bad cap and trade would be for us, but they want to force us to swallow it because they expect to further empower and enrich themselves at our expense.

      Numerous economic studies support a leaked memo from the Obama administration that said restricting carbon dioxide emissions will have a severe negative impact on the U.S. economy.

      Applying the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s economic forecasting model, Science Applications International Corporation reports reducing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions 70 percent by 2050 could kill 4 million U.S. jobs, cause gasoline and electricity prices to more than double, and reduce household income by more than $7,000 each and every year.
      http://www.heartland.org/publications/environment

    2. Billie says:

      Underreported – the BP Gulf of Mexico oil gusher is an entirely separated issue from Caps and Trade, before it’s occurence and today even moreso ~ this is an unprecedented unanticipated event by President Obama;

      excuse me, Trinidad, this is an oil rig created by human hands, there is potential for this to have been directly anticipated. Before you refuse to take all things into account, assuming can figure out the facts. This should've been prevented, why wasn't it? Especially passing government inspections.

      No need for cap n trade because of this, it was man made and according to the president, will be prevented. No comfort with government owning oil rigs or taking them over because of government neglect.

    3. GreggySF, San Franci says:

      Okay, tell me how the government (e.g.: Pres. Obama) will be able to "plug" a well that they do not own without first nationalizing BP's property? And f they do, would it only be the 1 bad well, or all of BP's property? And if it IS nationalized (which doesn't really need us to "buy them out"), will the crazy right-wingers be happier than letting BP clean up their own mess under the instance of the US government?

      The GOP is making this a "lose-lose" situation no matter what happens.

    4. Trinidad A. Williams - Phoenix, AZ says:

      Underreported – the BP Gulf of Mexico oil gusher is an entirely separated issue from Caps and Trade, before it’s occurence and today even moreso ~ this is an unprecedented unanticipated event by President Obama; before you start to assume to speak for the President and interject your thoughts and words by co-mingling the event of the oil spill with a presumed Cap and Trade policy proposal prior to hearing what he will be announcing to the American people and the world audience today. This unprecedented happening will take the total focus of our attention and I will appreciated your not distracting our minds with your confused sentiments with what is at hand.

    5. Shelly in St. Cloud, says:

      What has Bachmann done about the Gulf oil spill besides complaining? She likes to complain and find fault with everyone, but for a Congresswoman she sure doesn't do much. As usual, her remarks are based on partisanship and her personal dislike of Obama and Democrats — not reality. At some point (long ago) that gets old and counterproductive. Let's hear her ideas. She's in Congress. Let's have 'em.

      I live in her district in Minnesota (the sixth district) and her lack of action on our behalf, and her constant, non-stop complaining about the government are appalling and embarrassing to us. She's never specific; she just likes to play partisan games. She has done next to nothing for the people of her district in the last few years too.

      Her only solutions to an oil disaster are to drill more and complain about Obama. That's ridiculous.

      The reason Bachmann is "confused" is because she doesn't know much about energy or how to handle a disaster. I'd like to see how she'd react as president to a disaster of this magnitude. She would appear on as many talk shows as possible and complain, complain, complain. And do nothing.

      We in Minnesota can't wait to replace her this November.

    6. danny roberts says:

      Obama is starting to look like a fool,in my opinion, and I believe alot of people that voted for him are very sorry now. He can't hide his stupidity any more, it's becoming more and more obvious, he's all about cap and trade, green, and wind mills, and more government control of our resources. They run all government programs into the ground, and they think we'll put up with it forever? I don't think so!!

    7. danny roberts says:

      We are 15 maybe 20 years away from energy independance, and I believe for us to be independant, we need to explore drilling in shallow water or in many places on land, build nuke plants for proven clean energy, build new refineries, if Obama had a clue, he would have used the money we borrowed to stimulate the economy, to do the things that make sense,but thats not what he's good at.We are not going to run this country with out oil, PERIOD

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    9. Mary, Louisiana says:

      To Trinidad in AZ – Looks like Michelle nailed it.

    10. Mary, Louisiana says:

      To Trinidad, AZ – Looks like Michelle nailed it.

    11. Mary C. Young, Washi says:

      The full force of the U.S. Government could have solved this weeks ago…but the "farce" of the U.S. Government under Obama is at work. He is a dangerous and foolish man not address problems as he should and he is putting the country at risk and allowing a lot of folks to lose their livelihoods. What kind of a person is that?

    12. Concerned, Mequon WI says:

      He shouldn't have hestitated to use every resource available – including resouces offered by foreign countries that deal with this of issue. Instead he waited. In my opinion he didn't want this to go away- which is why he took so long to go to the coast. After all it really would not be a "crisis" until it went on for a long time. This administration is always looking for the "crisis" to push their agenda. And, I think that is the case here. Hmmm…has he still called anyone (foreign or otherwise) to help with this situations?

    13. Lin Marier says:

      Trinidad A. Williams….Well, you were dead wrong. When are you going to wake up and smell the coffee. Obama and his crones are the worst thing to happen to this country since WWII!!

    14. MELINDA SPROAT WASHI says:

      THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ATTORNEYS RUN OUR GOVERNMENT. WE COULD NOT RESPOND WITH THIS GROUP TO ANY DISASTER. THEY FIRST HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT THE ATTORNEYS ALL SAY IN EVERY DEPT. LOOK WHO HE JUST APPOINTED TO HEAD OF MMS. ANOTHER ATORNEY, WITH NO EXPERIENCE IN OIL AND GAS. GREAT! THE STATES ON THE COAST NEED TO JUST MOVE AHEAD AND WORRY ABOUT THE FEDS RESPONSE LATER. ALL THEY WILL DO IS THREATEN A LAWSUIT . IN THE MEAN TIME NOVEMBER ELECTIONS WILL COME AROUND. WE WILL HAVE VOTED THEM OUT OF CONTROL OF CONGRESS. ALTHOUGH THIS WILL NOT STOP THE END RUNS AROUND CONGRESS IT SHOULD GET US HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THEN WHEN THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COMES UP WE NEED TO FIND THE NEXT RONALD REAGAN, IF ONE EXISTS. MY GREATEST FEAR IS NO ONE IS LEFT WHO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A DECISION AND HAND OFF THE BALL..

    15. Les Stewart, South C says:

      Trinidad A. Williams, spoken like a true Obama supporter! The BP Gulf of Mexico oil gusher (your description) and Cap and Trade are seperate issues. At least they were untill the president's speech. He tied them together. This is an unprecedented and unanticipated event, especially by Obama, but as the White House Chief of Staff said before," You can't let a crises go to waste!". The Obama handlers have been playing this hand since the morning after the oil rig exploded. They have let this become the major disaster in order to stir up outrage in the populace. People want something done so the Obama team will try to use this event to push cap and trade through as fast as possible before the average citizen figures out how it will affect his life. If cap and trade is enacted half of the people in the United States will be on welfare and struggling to survive. Cap and trade will surely reduce the US dependency on oil because most people will not be able to buy gasoline because federal taxes will drive the price too high.

    16. Harper, Spirit Lake, says:

      Well lets see here .. what we really have is a Government large enough to fail. Fail to act concisefully in any direction except taking over our private economy, raising our taxes, and stealing our independence. YUP .. it is time for a complete overall in Washington D.C.

      Reducing the size of the Federal Govt is first. Reducing size of State Government is second. And least of all is a complete hands off our health care system and the over uniionized educational system. And last a complete Flat Tax of 1% paid by every individual, business, nonprofit, and corporations.

    17. Chris says:

      Michelle Bachmann is a pathological liar who doesn't care that she's a hypocrite. How did socialism work for you Bachmann when you took all those farm subsidies? And how dare you act like a corporate thug and defend BP. They have ruined alot of people's lives down in the Gulf Coast. You righties keep drinking the koolaid from scheming liars like Bachmann.

    18. Jill, California says:

      Bachmann said. “It’s almost like you’d wonder if this was a pretext – shazam – to have cap and trade come forward.”

      I'm glad to see someone voicing (or at least hinting at) the same concern I have … that Obama may be going out of his way to let this oil spill do tremendous environmental damage for some evil purpose. When he won't talk to BP's CEO, won't accept help from other nations, won't consider the many simple solutions out there (like pickup up the oil with hair or hay), there can be no doubt that Obama favors this destruction.

    19. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Hope BP files a lawsuit against the US Government since the government forced it to drill in 5000 feet rather than the location that it had sought which was 500 feet. The latter site was approved by the State of Louisiana but overruled by the federal government. The federal government issued all the permits and approved the drilling platform. It allowed BP to drill at 5000 feet with the same $75M liability cap.

      The federal government is the reason for this disaster. Just like, it is responsible for the bankrupt Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It is bankrupting the country acting like a banana republic, borrowing and printing money recklessly. By the way, the government managed Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae were delisted from the stock exchange as their capitalization hit below $1M!

      To all those that want the non-existent green energy, we should remove you from the grid and stop your ability to drive a car or get into an airplane. After all, you will be helping the Mother Earth. May be you should stop going to the supermarkets too. They use fossil fuels from food production to distribution at retail levels.

      What we need is an independent court to bring the Congressmen and senators, bureaucrats and the WH to trial- charge-abandonment of the Constitution and ruining of the country-financially.

    20. Billie says:

      Michelle is a genuine, true American. Whoever can't see that sure doesn't have what it takes to be a man.

      She experienced private life and fights to protect it where it is taken unlawfully, by government force. She isn't afraid to hold accountable those who are.

      Obama is responsible and accountable for the clean up and he is lagging while it does more and more damage…

    21. Trinidad A. Williams says:

      Dear Tim AZ,

      I’m intelligent enough ~ and liberal enough to support the elected leader chosen by the electorate majority to represent our country and give him the due respect to decide and act on a course of action from suggestions that come from the citizenry, member’s of the Congress, Executive Administration, the Army National Guard, Air Force, Naval Coast Guard and hopefully the Maritime Union’s.

      The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (P.L. 66-261) is a United States Federal statute that regulates maritime commerce in U.S. waters and between U.S. ports, Section 27, also known as the Jones Act, The U.S. Congress adopted the Merchant Marine Act in 1920, formerly 46 U.S.C. § 688 and codified on October 6, 2006 as 46 U.S.C. § 30104. The Act formalized the rights of seaman (see: Seaman (Admiralty Law)) which have been recognized for centuries. These are rights not afforded by common international maritime law so allowing foreign-flagged ships to engage in American domestic sea lanes would be like letting a foreign automaker establish a plant in the U.S. which doesn't have to pay U.S. wages, taxes, or meet national safety or environmental standards.

      May I correct you in your erroneous assumption that he refused help from other countries to utilize their ships and men to assist in the oil spill cleanup ~ in fact, there are foreign vessels with their crew members now working in the GULF OF MEXICO oil gusher spillage cleanup. I would think there had to be considerations regarding liabilities that could be, should there be happenings that involve the safety of foreign vessels and crew members ~ like who is responsible, our government or BP?

      Rep. Bachmann describes her state of mind as “shocked” ~ “confused” … commenting “it’s weird and it’s odd” … credit’s President Obama with an “infantile response” … and shazam, she injects “it’s almost like you’d wonder if this was a pretext to have cap and trade come forward” … into this entire mix. She need to grow up, take responsibility standing on her platform accusing the administration at pointing fingers and not doing something.

      From where I view this charade, it is infantile of her in her choice of words to describe the gravity and seriousness of dealing with the devastation and the tragic situation that the people in the gulf states contend with ~ she needs to grow up and present the case she is spouting, with verbiage that fit the happenings, as an elected person.

      And …might I add ~ you both talk with a “forked tongue” out of both sides of your face’s.

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    23. DENICE/FLORIDA says:

      WHAT ABOUT THE WILDLIFE? WHY ISN'T THE SIERRA CLUB, WORLD WILDLIFE, ETC ETC. OUTRAGED THAT THE OBAMA ADM. HAS NOT WAIVED THE JONES ACT, SO OTHER COUNTRIES CAN HELP SAVE OUR WILDLIFE AND CLEANUP OUR SHORES.

    24. DENICE AMELIA ISLAND says:

      THE NEWS MEDIA, THE WORLD WILDLIFE ASSOC, THE SIERRA CLUB

      AL GORE ETC ETC ETC. SHOULD BE OUTRAGED THAT THE OBAMA

      ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT WIAVED THE JONES ACT REG. 20. OTHER

      COUNTRIES WANT TO HELP WITH THE CLEAN UP. OUR WILDLIFE IS SUFFERING.

    25. lee flanders, hammon says:

      The oil spill is far worse than it should have been because the Obamacrats want to villify big oil & fossil fuels in general so they can pass cap & trade..When people see what gas & energy costs will be there will be a revolt as has not been seen in our history as a nation !!

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