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  • Morning Bell: Obama's Oil Spill To-Do List

    The oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico gets worse by the day. Oil spews from the broken well, further polluting our water and shores. The clean-up efforts drag on with bureaucratic interference, making matters worse. And what is the Obama administration doing? It continues to push for unrelated responses that will have a disastrous effect on our economy, especially the economy of the Gulf states most affected.

    In fact, President Obama summoned a bipartisan group of senators to the White House on Tuesday to discuss his climate change legislation. When Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander suggested that any such energy meeting should include a focus on the oil spill and BP, Obama responded: “that’s just your talking point” and refused to discuss the crisis.

    Unfortunately, the American people are not hearing any of this. Day after day, blind allegiance to the president causes his supporters on the left to simply say the government is doing all that it can. The national media, prone to attention deficit disorder when a president they support is in the White House, have already moved on to a myriad of other subjects, offering only sporadic updates on the continuing crisis.

    When the president answered questions following the G20 conference, not one reporter asked him about the situation in the Gulf. Not one question. When attention is paid, it is focused on BP, which is only half the story — the other half being government incompetence or an ideological rigidity that prevents commonsense solutions.

    The Heritage Foundation has offered a great deal of research and analysis related to the current crisis. It can be found indexed here. Starting today, we will also highlight the top actions the federal government must take immediately to assist the citizens of the Gulf as they cope with this tragedy. As the government responds or acts on these actions, we will directly update this post online to reflect the news and add new actions as we deem appropriate.

    Please let us know in the online comments section any other deficiencies we should be monitoring. Until this crisis is resolved, you will be able to find this post, as well as future updates, under our Foundry Features labeled: Oil Spill To-Do List. Without further delay, here are the first ten actions President Obama can take immediately to help solve the crisis in the Gulf.

    1. Waive the Jones Act: According to one Dutch newspaper, European firms could complete the oil spill cleanup by themselves in just four months, and three months if they work with the United States, which is much faster than the estimated nine months it would take the Obama administration to go at it alone. The major stumbling block is a protectionist piece of legislation called the Jones Act, which requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flagged ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens. But, in an emergency, this law can be temporarily waived, as DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff did after Katrina. Each day European and Asian allies are prevented from helping us speed up the cleanup is another day that Gulf fishing and tourism jobs die. For more information on this, click here.

    2. Accept International Assistance: At least thirty countries and international organizations have offered equipment and experts so far. According to reports this week, the White House has finally decided to accept help from twelve of these nations. The Obama administration should make clear why they are refusing the other eighteen-plus offers.  In a statement, the State Department said it is still working out the particulars of the assistance it has accepted. This should be done swiftly as months have already been wasted.

    Take Sweden, for example. According to Heritage expert James Carafano: “After offering assistance shortly after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Sweden received a request for information about their specialized assets from the State Department on May 7.  Swedish officials answered the inquiry the same day, saying that some assets, such as booms, could be sent within days and that it would take a couple of weeks to send ships.  There are three brand new Swedish Coast Guard vessels built for dealing with a major oil spill cleanup.  Each has a capacity to collect nearly 50 tons of oil per hour from the surface of the sea and can hold 1,000 tons of spilled oil in their tanks. But according to the State Department’s recently released chart on international offers of assistance, the Swedish equipment and ships are still ‘under consideration.’ So months later, the booms sit unused and brand new Swedish ships still sit idle in port, thousands of miles from the Gulf. The delay in accepting offers of assistance is unacceptable.” For more information, click here or here.

    3. Lift the Moratorium: The Obama administration’s over-expansive ban on offshore energy development is killing jobs when they are needed most. A panel of engineering experts told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that they only supported a six-month ban on new drilling in waters deeper than 1,000 feet. Those same experts were consulted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar before he issued his May 27 report recommending a six-month moratorium on all ongoing drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet. A letter from these experts reads: “A blanket moratorium is not the answer. It will not measurably reduce risk further and it will have a lasting impact on the nation’s economy which may be greater than that of the oil spill. We do not believe punishing the innocent is the right thing to do.”

    And just how many innocent jobs is Obama’s oil ban killing? An earlier Times-Picayune report estimated the moratorium could cost Louisiana 7,590 jobs and $2.97 billion in revenue directly related to the oil industry. For more information on this, click here.

    4. Release the S.S. A-Whale: The S.S. A-Whale skimmer is a converted oil tanker capable of cleaning 500,000 barrels of oil a day from the Gulf waters. Currently, the largest skimmer being used in the clean-up efforts can handle 4,000 barrels a day, and the entire fleet our government has authorized for BP has only gathered 600,000 barrels, total in the 70 days since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The ship embarked from Norfolk, VA, this week toward the Gulf, hoping to get federal approval to begin assisting the clean-up, but is facing bureaucratic resistance.

    As a foreign-flagged ship, the S.S. A-Whale needs a waiver from the Jones Act, but even outside that three-mile limitation, the U.S. Coast Guard and the EPA have to approve its operation due to the nature of its operation, which separates the oil from the water and then releases water back into the Gulf, with a minor amount of oil residue. The government should not place perfection over the need for speed, especially facing the threat of an active hurricane season. For more information on this, click here.

    5. Remove State and Local Roadblocks: Local governments are not getting the assistance they need to help in the cleanup. For example, nearly two months ago, officials from Escambia County, Fla., requested permission from the Mobile Unified Command Center to use a sand skimmer, a device pulled behind a tractor that removes oil and tar from the top three feet of sand, to help clean up Pensacola’s beaches. County officials still haven’t heard anything back. Santa Rosa Island Authority Buck Lee explains why: “Escambia County sends a request to the Mobile, Ala., Unified Command Center. Then, it’s reviewed by BP, the federal government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard. If they don’t like it, they don’t tell us anything.”

    State and local governments know their geography, people, economic impacts and needs far better than the federal government does. Contrary to popular belief, the federal government has actually been playing a bigger and bigger role in running natural disaster responses. And as Heritage fellow Matt Mayer has documented, the results have gotten worse, not better. Local governments should be given the tools they need to aid in the disaster relief. For more information on this, click here.

    6. Allow Sand Berm Dredging: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently prevented the state of Louisiana from dredging to build protective sand berms. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser immediately sent a letter to President Obama requesting that the work continue. He said, “Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil. Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.” For more information on this, click here.

    7. Waive or Suspend EPA Regulations: Because more water than oil is collected in skimming operations (85% to 90% is water according to Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen), operators need to discharge the filtered water back into the Gulf so they can continue to collect oil.  The discharged water is vastly cleaner than when it was skimmed, but not sufficiently pure according to normal EPA regulations.  If the water has to be kept in the vessel and taken back to shore for purification, it vastly multiples the resources and time needed, requiring cleanup ships to make extra round trips, transporting seven times as much water as the oil they collect.  We already have insufficient cleanup ships (as the Coast Guard officially determined); they need to be cleaning up oil, not transporting water. For more information, click here.

    8. Temporarily Loosen Coast Guard Inspections: In early June, sixteen barges that were vacuuming oil out of the Gulf were ordered to halt work. The Coast Guard had the clean-up vessels sit idle as they were inspected for fire extinguishers and life vests. Maritime safety is clearly a priority, but speed is of the essence in the Gulf waters. The U.S. Coast Guard should either temporarily loosen its inspection procedures or implement a process that allows inspections to occur as the ships operate. For more information, click here.

    9. Stop Coast Guard Budget Cuts: Now is not the time to be cutting Coast Guard capabilities, but that is exactly what President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are doing. Rather than rebuilding and modernizing the Coast Guard as is necessary, they are cutting back assets needed to respond to catastrophic disasters. In particular, the National Strike Force, specifically organized to respond to oil spills and other hazardous materials disasters, is being cut. Overall, President Obama has told the Coast Guard to shed nearly 1,000 personnel, five cutters, and several helicopters and aircraft. Congress and the Administration should double the U.S. Coast Guard’s active and reserve end strength over the next decade and significantly accelerate Coast Guard modernization, but for the time being, they should halt all budgetary cuts. For more information, click here.

    10. Halt Climate Change Legislation: President Obama has placed his focus to the oil spill on oil demand rather than oil in our water. Regardless of political views, now is not the time to be taking advantage of this crisis to further an unrelated piece of legislation that will kill jobs and, in the President’s own words, cause energy prices to “skyrocket.” Less than 5% of our nation’s electricity needs are met by petroleum. Pushing solar and wind alternatives is in no way related to the disaster in the Gulf. It’s time for President Obama to focus on the direct actions he can take in the Gulf rather than the indirect harm he can cause in Congress. As Heritage expert David Kreutzer opines: “Fix the leak first, and then we’ll talk.” A crisis should not be a terrible thing to waste, as Rahm Emanuel said, but a problem to be solved. For more information, click here.

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    Quick Hits:

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    • New documents reveal that Kagan manipulated the statement of a medical organization to protect partial-birth abortion.
    • The day after the Supreme Court cleared a path to overturn Chicago’s ban on handguns, city officials began to consider new measures to circumvent the high court’s ruling.
    • Officials in Arizona and Texas say the Obama administration’s planned National Guard deployment isn’t enough to curtail illegal immigration.
    • Five years after Department of Homeland Security officials vowed to block the importation of radioactive materials that could be used to make a bomb, they still have not developed a plan to keep bomb materials from crossing our border.
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    165 Responses to Morning Bell: Obama's Oil Spill To-Do List

    1. Shawn, Ind. says:

      we've submitted our idea on how to contain leak. not one reply asking for more information or specifics. this spill should have been handled within the first 20 day's after the accident.

    2. Terri LeGrand, Acwor says:

      Google "1979 Gulf Oil Spill" and ask yourself and the government why we

      didn't learn anything from that disaster. We are using the same failed attempts to cap this oil spill as was used in 1979, wasting $$$$$$..

    3. Dana, Apopka, FL says:

      This week, one of our FL state reps, Sandy Adams, who is running for Suzane Kosmas' US House of representatives' seat , sits on the FL Homeland Security Committee. She said, in a campaign speech to a local group, that "make no mistake, the federal government is actively interfering with clean up efforts in the Gulf in order to try and gain support for cap and trade." She meets with federal officials regularly in her capacity on the FL Homeland Security state committee, and seemed to be repeating what she learned as a result of her position. So, the worst seems to be the case. The federal governement is willing to sacrifice the Gulf states to advance their agenda. I suppose is a weird way that it is a relief that they are not simply incompetant, but exponentially more horrifying that they will throw away an entire region of the country for what they perceive as political gain.

    4. George, Indiana says:

      I have seen a lot of presidents come and go during my life, but I have never, ever seen one that lacks the desire and fortitude of making decisions that can improve our way of life. This president should be IMPEACHED for failure to perform those duties as the leader of this once great country. God help us all.

    5. Michael P. says:

      You know, I just can't seem to understand the disconnect here in that all this 'foundation' support is limited government, as far as spending, etc. So why are you complaining about Obama not getting involved enough and not spending enough money? Can you really not see that this view point is in opposition to itself!

      I tend to think that a weak argument, such as your's is a display of of weakness.

    6. Mary, WI says:

      Heritage Foundation, you have it under control! So why can't this administration get their act together?! I think it's because they WANT failure to further expand their dictatorial powers with their over powering bills.

      I hope there's still a United States of America come 2012. BO has proven himself a loser in my book. He just doesn't care. It's his way or no way and too bad for the majority. He's very non-presidential and a failure in the eyes of more and more people. But he doesn't care.

    7. mike mccoy lubbock, says:

      another important issue is with illegal immigrants. he and his cohorts are scoffing at our national security regarding the flow of illegals across our southern border. the best the obama admin can do is sue/threaten suit against arizona!!!!between this and the ineptness of the handling of the oil spill—we are in deep trouble!!!

    8. Mary Simko, Creedmoo says:

      Obama and his ilk have no intentions of doing the things that will clean up the gulf. It could have been done within days if they had really wanted to. They are using this as another cover up for the rest of their agenda. It makes me wonder how much of an "accident" it really was. I've see a lot of rotten politicians come and go but this bunch are at the top of the heap. I wonder how many Americans are really aware of what they are up to. I'm sure they figure they can get the illegals to keep voting them in. It's getting to be time to take the country back and save the future of this country.

    9. Kathleen & Bob J says:

      The spill should be seperated into two phases. BP must and has taken responsibility for the leak itself. The government lacks the experience and expertise to "block the hole"! That is not to say that BP will not bear eventual financial responsibility for both healing the leak and cleaning up the oil spill.

      However, the government should have assumed responsibility for coordinating the clean-up. For the government to have failed to at least bring all US owned skimmers to the Gulf coast because "they might be needed in their home locations" is comparable to issuing a one rather than needed three alarm fire warning for your home because a fire "might" break out across town. Although the lame-stream press fails to cover the many failures to mobilize adequate foreign and US measures, the instances of the federal beaucracracy in the Coast Guard, FMEA, EPA actually working at cross puposes to delay adequate spill clean-up efforts are legion!!!!

    10. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Most of us with common sense realizes most of the ten suggestion listed are the proper way to help the clean-up efforts, but #9 is not. More Coast Guard funding and thus more of their imput will do nothing but slow-down the operation. This has already been shown in Louisiana by USCG shuting down oil recovery equipment for totally unrelated issues such as not enough life jackets or fire extinguishers. The USCG does a great job on certain matters, but in this oil spill disaster, they are being more and more of a hindrance. Since USCG is a federal agency, it is working under the directions of Obama and his administration's lackeys. Their role should be limited to standing by, waiting for someone to fall overboard to rescue.

    11. Christopher Popham S says:

      Finally, 72 days of malicious intent is coming to an end.

      We are accepting assistance from 12 countries to help with the clean-up

      in the Gulf. It is indeed about time, but why on earth did the Administration

      not accept these offers of help from day one???

      Rahm Emmanuel must be thrilled that this crisis has reached this level of

      urgency. He and the President will no doubt continue to use the 'spill' in their

      ongoing effort to promote cap and trade, which of course, like health care,

      the American people, reject and refute. Pure unadulterated politics at the

      expense of the an entire region (the Gulf) of our country. What next?

      Good luck, America.

    12. Paula, Spring says:

      Excellent starting place~ Why won't anyone listen?…The longer they put this off, the more proof it is a manufactured disaster.

    13. Jim Hanlon, Piscataw says:

      I have been in the petroleum operation and involved in spill response for many years (over 30), and the other key things they need to do are:

      1. Allow the use of Oil-eating Microbes to be used to eat up the oil. The byproduct is totally biodegradable. The beach areas could be cleaned in weeks not months, with no adverse effect to the environment.

      2. Ring the area of the spill with large skimmers and oil tankers, with boom between them, so that they can contain and recover the oil as soon as it hits the surface.

      3. Bring in experts and listen to them. We have tried over and over to get through to anyone, and we get no response. It is a travesty. We were consulted on the Valdez spill, as well as many other very large spills. We had much better luck at help for those then we do now.

    14. Robert Hraback Wheat says:

      I heard the Russians have had the same problem before with 3 oil wells and they have just blown them up.

      I guess it just caves in the hole. Is this true?

    15. DIna, Maine says:

      Very good idea to show what specifically can be done by 'Mr.O.' who do not seem

      to really care. To him everything is a political opportunity. He does not think and act like the president of USA, nor does he seem to feel he is the president of ALL Americans.

      This article should be used as base line for questions to ask and to demand answers from this administration, as well as from 'Mr. O.'.himself.

    16. J says:

      Great compilation. I was aware of half of these items. Thankyou for making this available. Sad that a law school instructor was elected as CEO of America. Can't wait to fire him!

    17. Evan, Washington says:

      Frankly, there are a few reasons that I don't want the Obama administration involved in the Deepwater tragedy at all:

      1) Big government tends to mess this type of thing up. I think the most the administration should try to do is make life easier for Americans whose lives and livelihoods are affected by the spill.

      2) Big government does things too slowly. It took Obama long enough to even decide to get involved! We should let the pros handle this and stand out of their way as much as possible.

      3) It was BP's fault anyway, why should American tax revenue be spent on their folly? I don't care what theories there are about whether this was eco-terrorists or lack of oversight or whatever, the bottom line is that BP needs better security, better technology and more reliable fail-safes on their equipment.

    18. worldbfree4me says:

      The Unites States really cannot afford to do all that was suggested as we are constantly reminded the we are broke as a country. As long as pump prices stay reasonably low and progress continues to made in the Gulf, most Americans will be satisfied.

    19. Richie Naples says:

      The one thing that everyone forgets about is that congress has made him a king.This why we have separation of powers. He put a health care bill by making deals right in front of us. He has already put in one supreme court judge which was

      questionable. Now he is going to have a judge that was never a judge so you do not know what she is going to do.He does not seem to care about the oil spill for there are things that can be done. The truth be it congress has been behind him right or wrong so I really can't blame the King for doing what he wants. They are even saying that the constitution is not up to date with the new world. It was the most amazing paper ever written to protect us from what is going on now so they want to eliminate it.

    20. Sam Rogers says:

      The first eight are no brainers. The press and/or those in Congress as well as the Gulf Governers should demand an explanation from Obamw as to why he hasn't utlized all available resourses He can't be allowed to claim he is in charge and then not be..

    21. Kathleen Henderson 2 says:

      Good morning. I should not speak because I live on SSD, however I still have my opinion. I think that it is time to take action AGAINST THE ENTIRE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION before we have an all out war right here in the USA. With the HOT summer upon us, and millions of people out of work, now the stopping of the unemployment for many people, in my opinion Obama has done nothing to help the people, and I am afraid of riots (like Detroit1967). Someone with a level head MUST STEP UP AND TAKE CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT, before we completely fall apart and are unable to recover. We are the people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND WE FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM AND OUR RIGHT TO BE FREE. We need to take back our government and find the path that will save us rather then allowing Obama to continue to destroy us. Our fore fathers worked and fought and died to make the USA free and we ABOVE ALL COSTS need to preserve it for our kids, grand kids and their grand kids. It's time to tell Obama you had your chance and you through it away, now step aside and let those that want to save, and can save our country, SAVE IT.

      GOD I pray, please remove Obama and appoint someone who can, and show us how to lead us back to an AMERICA that we are proud of, that our kids and their kids can grow and prosper in. Amen

      Kathleen Henderson

      I love my country

    22. KC - New Mexico says:

      The 10 points listed are all good – these will need money for implementation and our administration is good at making more money – no problem for democrats.

      I suggest adding item 11.

      11. Need a leader (project manager type), not a political person, to lead the initiative to stop the leak and clean up the mess.

    23. dfaris says:

      Thank you for highlighting the disastrous situation which is growing more terrifying every day. I live in Mobile, Al. All the people of the Gulf states are suffering tremendous economic losses, coupled with the heartbreak of watching our beautiful beaches receiving more and more oil daily. Our delicious Gulf Seafood is no longer safe to eat. Tourists are cancelling reservations and the Birds and Fish are dying after suffering. There are not enough people to clean all this up down here. Our way of life is dying before our eyes. Please do all you cab to make your ideas become reality.


    24. Joseph C. Moore, USN says:

      This government has been criminal in its actions by turning everything into a political issue and impeding expeditious cleanup from outside (and stateside) sources. The country is being ruined, possibly beyond recovery, by the pig headed agenda of the administration, both ecologically and monetarily. I am simply amazed that there are so many brainwashed idiots who think that Obama and crew are the salvation of the country. Wake up America!

    25. Susan McAtee, Hutto, says:

      Perhaps this will answer some questions about why Obama and BP are dragging their feet:

    26. Geri Meyers says:


    27. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      That's what Obama's Oil Spill To-Do List should be. Here's what Obama's Oil Spill To-

      List actually is:

      1. Blame Bush

      2. Blame Cheney

      3. Blame BP

      4. Blame Big Oil

      5. Toady to the unions by not waiving the Jones Act

      6. Wait 72 days do something about it

      7. Blame Bush again

      8. Experts? We don't need no stinking experts!

      9. Sue BP now. Find blame later

      10. Watch his poll numbers ride the porcelain bus

    28. Elaine, Ohio says:

      Obama demonstrates more clearly by the day that he hates America and wishes our destruction.

    29. Paul G Noack, Texas says:

      Don't assume that obama is weak. He is quite successful in doing exactly as he plans. He is accomplishing exactly what he intends to do. That is "nothing" and we are accepting his plan. Wake up America. Wake up ! The Democratic Party should be remembered for what they have destroyed. They are destroying America as we have known it and prospered with it.

    30. Cecil Mansell....Tex says:

      I would like to know about using a small nuclear device to implode the well, Russia has done it several times and sounds like an excellent idea, but then again one has to go through the Freds. and that can be a very serious problem…

    31. ralph s. ellwood cit says:

      "you know", BP started this mess, they built this mess, they should know

      how to finish this mess. this is sickening. start axing the people who had no

      educated disaster plan. someones idea to stop the leak should be highly

      considered. do you think netting this disaster is the solution? come on

      washington, get your priorities in check and get this mess cleaned up!

    32. Jackson, Denton, TX says:

      Good observation Mary of Creedmore. I have pondered from the beginning if this were not some kind of sabotage to promote the agenda of quashing offshore oil drilling entirely. Think that is far-fetched?

      Of course the corrupt media and their shills gloss over it and tell us that such a thing could not happen; just a case of BP incompetence and short cuts – we have to do something to save the world (like tax and trade). While on the other hand, the same group of media wingnuts will tell you that "W" planned and executed the 911 attack. With Willie Nelson and Michael Moore at the helm, they would have us believe there is irrefutable evidence our govt created that disaster for political gain – WHAT? Go smoke some more ha-ha weed willie, and keep on making loser films mikey…

    33. toledofan says:

      Great article and, again, it's clear that the President is AWOL on solving this problem. Evidently the President not only lacks the leadership skills to put a plan in place, he must be under the assumption that if you leave a problem unattended, overtime, it will fix itself. Most of the time the fix really isn't a fix and the problem resurfaces. So, we have to sit on the sidelines and watch the tradegy unfold further as the human toll in the loss of jobs, revenue and damage to the industries surrounding the gulf continues. I don't know about anyone else but I sure never thought I'd see an American President turn his back on the counttry and the citizens.

    34. Don't tread on says:

      What would a radical jihadist do, if President? What would a President do if he looked at America exactly the same way as Rev. wright? What would a President do if he was the "Messiah" for the Nation of Islam? I think we are seeing what an individual like that would do.

    35. Tater Salad says:

      ………and here is yet, another reason why the Democrats will fail for years to come in politics. They are being rude, condesending to the voters and just plain smartazz. This California Democrat is what is wrong with Calfornia and even the Obama adminstration by not protecting the southern border and making a mockery out of it:


    36. Judith in Michigan says:

      Michael P: Your response to the Heritage column today is puzzling. The recommendations concerning the Gulf oil spill nightmare doesn't involve spending money, but taking responsibility in dealing with a national disaster, and is offering a concrete course of action that should have been taken months ago.

      Spending money does not equate with responsibility and leadership. This administration appears to be doing everything possible to thwart the clean-up and instead seems to be deliberately causing carnage & wreckage unprecedented in The United States for their own twisted ideological goals.

      Is there a logical response for this?

      After the leak is finally stopped, a through investigation must be held to determine why this horrible accident & disaster was allowed to become a crime.

    37. Bob, Detroit, MI says:

      I cannot take seriously an Obama Oil Spill to-do list that does not include golf.

    38. michael George says:

      First to Michael P. "This" is why we have a federal government and pay taxes (at least 53% of us do).It's main job is to protect us and to respond to disasters not pass the insane legislation that this administration is forcing down our throats.You arguement and the rest of the Libs

      Michael P. your an idiot."This" is why we pay our taxes(well at least 53% of us do) and have a federal government to protect us and respond to disasters which individual states are not able to handle with their limited resourses.Not Heath Care!!!

      For anyone intersted there is an interesting article in the Canadian National Post the June 26th edition.It's the only publication I've read that looks at the influence of the unions in the clean up of the spills.According to the article they(the unions)don't want foreign crews cleaning up the mess because they aren't union.Something to think about because you won't find it in any reports by the lame stream media.

    39. Mike D, California says:

      None of the common sense and well-past overdue ideas suggested in this column will even be considered much less implemented, for at least two reasons:

      1. Obama will not do anything his union allies dont want…as in suspend the Jones Act. Will.Not.Happen. Obama owes his very life to Big Labor.

      2. Head-scratching circumstantial evidence is mounting by the day that Obama's lack of response is both calculated and deliberate: Calculated to collapse the oil drilling industry, and deliberate in that he is projecting a very strong impression that he simply doesnt care about purple-red staters along the gulf coast because they dont support him and didnt vote for him.

      Obama only cares about you if you are a member of an approved, politically correct class, and then only if you write campaign checks. And even then he cares only in the sense that he can leverage political advantage out of any constituency that benefits him and his attempt to "fundamentally transform" the USA.

      These folks along the Gulf coast, many are Republicans and many more work in the evil oil industry like the War Criminals Bush and Cheney.

      I fully expect the most profoundly unqualified and tempermentally unsuitable chief American executive in the nation's history to go on doing exactly what he is doing: Not letting a crisis go to waste.

      Say it with me, people: November 6, 2012…November 6, 2012.

      Sadly by that time the Gulf of Mexico may be poisoned beyond repair thanks to the incompetence and deliberate neglect of The Teleprompter-in-Chief, but it will be the next and final chance for the American people to correct the greatest Presidential election blunder since, well, ever.

    40. Doug Whaley, Lake Ha says:

      All very good suggestions. Unfortunately they will all fall on deaf ears. The Obama governement is not interested in solving this problem. They are only interested in the problem helping them forever turn this country into a second rate socialist state. People outside the government cabal of government workers/uninon members/welfare recepients who actually care about the country other than making a living off it are not interested enough or too chicken to do anything about the problem. We will have to wait and see in November if there are enough interested people left in the country to change it. I have my doubts.

    41. Kevin O'Donovan says:

      It seems the only border the Obamanation recognizes, or is willing to enforce is the Gulf oil spill. Perhaps we should suggest that bringing the relief vessels into the Gulf should be handled by smugglers. DHS seems to ignore them. Letting the IIC (Idiots In Charge) handle anything beyond a prepared, rehearsed campaign speech may be beyond their competence.

    42. MainStreet, SC says:

      It is becoming clearer and clearer every day that Obama does not care and is allowing the crisis to grow in order to advance his energy and climate agendas. In order to "fundamentally change" the US, he first has to weaken what we had, the free-est and most productive country in the world, disarm us and then tax, spend and regulate us to death, so that we will never be considered a threat to other nations.

      The fact that we have been the protectors of the world makes no difference to him. He is doing irreparable harm to this nation. We can only hope that those 44%, who support his policies, wake up before it is too late and help restore some sense to our government.

    43. George Whitehead, Li says:

      We really need a Stornim Norman or a George Patton to take control of the clean-up and cut through all of the red tape, paper work and inter-agency bickering. Scientists, polititions, and lawyers do not get the job done.

    44. Jan, Alexandria, KY says:

      I understand there are oil eating microbes that are not dangerous to marine life or any type of life. Why are these not being used? Our government is using this situation for political purposes and our citizens are suffering. Please check this out.

    45. DMC says:

      Exceptional Morning Bell! Hope the admin is reading and that someone in the WH follows your top 10. Time is running out.

    46. David Carter, Key We says:

      We need to fund the cleanup ourselves to get all these common sense plans in action.

      Where do we send our hair?

      At keysnews.com, I have a letter to editor on the president's inaction.

    47. Martin Jones Grand J says:

      How about the states take charge and the government be damned.

      By the way, isn't one of the sworn duties of the President to protect and defend our borderrs? Grounds for impeachment for failure to do so? Won't fly in a Demo controled Congress, but it might be a wake up call.

    48. Darren Koele, Columb says:

      Different issue same reaction from the administration. We had Arizona who enacted a new law concerning illegal immigrants in their state. The federal government threatens to sue the state in addition to the boycotts (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/24/arizona-dem-accuses-federal-agencies-nixing-conventions-immigration-law/).

      Now we have several states threatened by an oil spill. The state governers, such as Bobby Jindal, not only have several ideas, but already know what they want to do but these actions are being hindered by this administration. I think it's also likely that if these governors acted outside of their authority in the interest of their own state, Obama the Almighty would sue them as well.

      In addition to performing actions contrary to the rights and needs of the states, this administration has chosen to become a static barrier in the cleanup as well as stopping the flow. The Coast Guard is still performing their duties with vigor ( I really do applaud this) but this is not a time to shut down assisting vessels because they are missing a fire extinguisher. DHS and the Army Corps of Engineers are hindering the skimming of beaches as well as building of sand barriers to catch the oil before it reaches the shoreline. This administration has also delayed the allowance of assistance from foreign nations who made offers in the first couple days of the spill. While these actions are going on, Obama sits atop his high horse and shakes his finger, not only at BP, but at all oil companies and the American people. Once again, we the people, are the bad guys. This time, it's for our dependence on oil. Will someone please tell this so-called president that wagging your finger for the purpose of threatening the states, corporations, and the people, is not leadership? Leadership is action, not finger pointing. Leadership is responsibility, not scapegoating.

      BP has plenty of blame coming its way but I'd rather we allow them to focus on shutting down the well before we disrupt their operations with criminal charges or otherwise. Threatening BP officials with criminal prosecution in addition to a 20 billion dollar shakedown is nothing more than arrogant display by Obama to prove he's in charge…of what, has yet to be determined.

      To the guy who is trying to demonstrate alleged hypocrisy of the anti-spending crowd, you miss the point. The point is not just about spending, it's about responsible spending. We rarely complain about spending for such things as national security or envirnomental disasters which threaten our lands. It's the spending of trillions of dollars on bailouts, entitlement programs, pork spending, and unconstitutional health care laws that we have the problem with.

    49. Scott, California says:

      Imagine if this spill was happening off the California or Massachusetts coast. Would we see the same response?

    50. Dan Cedar Grove, Wi says:

      BO should be Impeached just for his lack of protecting the Border, where there's story after story of Ranchers getting Killed, Americans getting kidnapped for unGodly sums of money, Adult, Children and Immigrants getting rapped, Killed. BO response was to put up signage along the Border informing Americans and others who wish to travel along these areas that it is unsafe. This is a travesty in and of itself and for Americans to allow BO to retain his Presidency on this alone is Treason and BO should be brought before a court of law for his inaction and failure to support a Governor (Jan Brewer) who requested more patrol agents, Military Troops as well as Military equipment necessary to push the Mexican Cartel back within it's own borders !!!

      The Oil Spill is just another Travesty that this administration created to bring about the Change BO campaigned on, but now the American people see this as BO's Katrina, or more specific I believe this to be BO's Waterloo !! Bo refused to lift the Jones Act, refused to accept foreign aid from as many as 13 other Countries from Day 1, his failure to allow the Governors of those States directly affected to control and do as necessary to clean up and contain the Oil form reaching there shores.

      So the question is, will we have to wait until 2012, or is Americans fed up enough to push our own agenda in November and use the persuasion of the might purse strings to stop Obama in his tracks ? Will those within congress on the Democratic side of the isle receive a wake up call if there lucky enough to weather the storm November may bring and work with those who cherish what America Stands for and what this Great Country was founded on, both in Principal and under laws that have abridged the People of the United States and bring us back to the years under Regan economically and socially as well as militarily giving back the power of protection of our Borders within and abroad to our Military Generals who know what it take to defend her and stop the Ideological thinking of those who can't shoot straight if there life depending on it.

      Americans need to stand up and be counted as they once used to say, and we need to take back what is ours and stop allowing those who work in the Beltway and in Congress from passing Bills filled with so much BS that no one reads them or understands them as Pelosi herself said publicly "Will have to pass the bill to find out whats in it" This is not the America I study and remember growing up, and I know it's not the America anyone here on this board remembers it to be !!

      Stop The Madness !!!

    51. Bernard P. Giroux, F says:

      Speak with Fred Scheffler, Bainbridge Island, Washington about the Absorbent Corporation and the dancing and stalling that the U.S. Government and its entities are engaged in when Absorbent Corp. has a product that will guarantee a fast, effective and efficient clean up of the spill and is being ignored.

      Fred is at>206-842-2100.

    52. BobR Tucson, AZ 8573 says:

      this is an obvious response of a government anxious to exploit a disaster for political purposes. in this case to aid in passing a bill, 'cap & trade,' ostensibly to control climate, but scientifically and economically fatally flawed to accomplishing anything short of disaster to our whole country.

    53. Ken (spaceracer423) says:

      Michael P:

      Your argument is simply viod of fact. It is nothing more than a weak Moonbat phone in DNC talking point.

      Let me explain this, in very small words, so you can get a grasp "of of" basic logic. Heritage is NOT asking for bigger government, it is asking the Fed to GET OUT OF THE WAY of clean up efforts.

      EVERYTHING on the list is pointing towards SMALLER more EFFECTIVE government.

      EX: Wave EPA Regs.

      The EPA is a government agengy who's actions are making the situation WORSE! They are 90% of the reason that the spill has grown as large as it has. BP caused the spill, (BTW they are only drilling that deep because the EPA forced them off the coast line) but the hap hazard responce is the fault of the FED.

      I hope this has enlightened you.

    54. Mike, North Carolina says:

      In the article "Obama's Oil Spill To-Do List", we see yet another excercise in wishfull thinking futility.

      With the Obama gang making it evident and obvious, from Day 1, their determination to act as destructive opportunistic Statist power and money-grabbers, in concert with their fellow opportunistic Statists and their urgings such as Rahm Emmanual's "Never let a crisis go to waste;…you can (use it to) do things you couldn't do before", Saul Alinsky's "The ends justifies the means/Anything goes" standard, and Cloward & Piven's like minded urging to "Overload the system" and replace it with the Statist "utopia" such as they have always wanted to impose, no matter what they cost the people and evidently also the environment, all such Statists thus also make something else evident and obvious, which is:

      It is to be as "lambs to the slaughter" to ask or even expect Obama and his Comrades to do such a "to do list" as that in the article at hand, and anything else which could have already helped end the crisis before as much of the environment was damaged, and as many jobs, lives, budgets, economies, and other things were plundered and destroyed by such politicians and their bureaucrats.

      But of course if the Obama gang had actually helped ensure against such a crisis…by not nearly inviting disaster by forcing drilling to be done in such deep water instead of much shallower water, and by not consistently enforcing the laws and regulations already on the books, even though BP was a major contributor of money to Obama's campaign for President.

      Oh but then of course the Obama gang would be that much less likely to have such a crisis come along to "never let go to waste" for their tyrannical power-grabbing, blaming, blocking, and demagoguing and pandering, while oil continues gushing and spreading from the Gulf and destroys people's lives and environment, no matter what the cost to the people and the environment.

    55. Richard - South Caro says:

      One of these days the Republicans are going to wake up and realize that "their good friends on the other side" are just using them. They are NOT their friends, they are only their acquaintances. The Republicans need to record their meetings anytime they meet with the Democrats, and then go on national TV and simply play back the conversations of their meetings. That way, the Democrats can't say "they were taken out of context."

      I'm getting tired of the Republicans being played like a banjo.

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    57. Evelyn in Arizona says:

      Obama is an enemy saboteur. His malfeasance is outright war on America. The new Congress in January 2011 must impeach him and his loyalists. Then the entire snake-pit of “leaders” should be prosecuted for treason, found guilty, and hanged by the neck until dead.

      Publish this comment or don't publish it. You know I'm right.

    58. nick says:

      Begin Quasi Impeachment hearings ala Conyers Bush hearings. Then when repubs gain majorities begin them in earnest.

    59. BobR Tucson, AZ, 857 says:

      Obama is trying to milk this disaster to aid passage of his god awful, sneaky taxes, scientifically and economically flawed monstrosity called 'cap and trade.' It is purported to be a climate control bill but is a green pipe dream with the effectiveness of the legendary dutch boy plugging a leak in the dike with his thumb. hopefully, to get this half-baked bill passed, obama has shown his true colors, that he couldn't care less for the welfare of the whole southeastern part of our once great country.

    60. Richard H. Irish, Ed says:

      Looks like Heritage is STILL operating under the misapprehension that Obama and his regime WANT this thing cleaned up. That is the LAST thing they want! We are going to be under a "crisis mode" until this Marxist Muslim Imposter is removed from office and jailed with the rest of his Chicago thugs.

    61. John, USA says:

      And the government wants to take over our healthcare system…

      Folks, the government is incompetent at nearly everything it does.

    62. King says:

      "The EPA is a government agengy who’s actions are making the situation WORSE! They are 90% of the reason that the spill has grown as large as it has"

      So it's all Richard Nixon's fault.

    63. J. Guidry, Battlefie says:

      Wake up people! Everything this president and his administration does is aimed at bringing down the nation to the level of Europe. Ripe for takeover by the muslims, of which he is one. He is not a proud American, but a conniving politician who wants to be the world leader, starting with the USA.

      I, for one, am not surprised at anything this guy in the white house does or does not do for or to this nation.

      Buy more ammo and vote conservative in November.

    64. Laura k says:

      You are superb. A very detail example of how crisis ought to be handled. Detect the problems and offer solutions to fix the problems. On the other hand, the Obama administration is doing everything posible to agravate the problem. Let ask Obama supporters how good thing are going in the gulf…bunch of incompetents!

    65. The War Planner, SoC says:

      "That’s what Obama’s Oil Spill To-Do List should be. Here’s what Obama’s Oil Spill To-List actually is:"


      ..please add,

      (11) Have aides schedule tee-times.

      (12) Party like it's 2008.

    66. Reggie, NV says:

      You bet your booties every bit of this is intentional to achieve his goal. He is systematically destroying this country one state at a time. Look what he did to Las Vegas by demonizing this city last year. Almost overnight 6,000 jobs were gone, still, 14.1% unemployment. The border states are being ravaged by drug cartels, murder, rape, kidnapping and Obama and the clowns at DHS scoff at pleas and even demands for border control. Now the Gulf spill. If they didn't cause the explosion, they sure are doing their best to ruin the entire economy of the Gulf states. Is it November yet? 2012?

    67. Charles Nystrom, Sum says:

      The Administration will continue to place every conceivable road block to stop the leak and clean up the oil in the Gulf. Therefore it is fruitless to be telling what it what should be done.

      Rather, each state must save itself by taking action now and doing what it decides is necessary with or without Federal Gov. approval. The correctness of each state's decisions can be determined at a later date

    68. Aaron Worthing says:

      could be wrong, but i think Obama has the same list, but each one is ended by saying "… NOT!"

      Sorry to laugh at this tragic thing, but its how i cope: with dark black humor.

    69. Leith Richmond, VA says:

      Dear Kathleen Henderson, You have every right to speak out and hearing your common sense voice makes me feel better. We must stick together and work to take back America in 2012. BO and his Socialist cronies are too arrogant to care what we think' but they will, when they no longer have power and we are free again.

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    71. Leith Richmond, VA says:

      Kathleen Henderson, you have every right to speak out. Keep it up. You make me feel better. Thanks.

    72. Phil Sevilla, Rio Ra says:

      My heart goes out to our fellow countrymen who live in the Gulf in the area of the deepwater catastrophe. We can only imagine what G.W. Bush would be going through right now if he was in the WH. Surely it would be a daily crucifixion at the hands of the Obama-loving media. What is a head scratcher for me is this?

      Why are Obama's poll numbers still as high as they are? Why haven't they dropped to the levels of the Democratic majority leadership in Congress?

      Let's face it, friends. It's not just about Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their liberal accomplices. There is a large portion of our electorate who don't care about America, about our natural resources, or about solving our national problems. They mostly care about their own interests.. They will hang with Obama and go down with him because he is one of their own and he protects their selfish, pathological interests. You know who they are.

    73. Frank O'Toole, says:

      These TO DO points are an indictment of the administration.

      What verdict do you think a jury would return if criminal negligence were asserted? Of course, there is no one to bring an action. They all work for him.

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    75. Dana PA says:

      Government is inept. just get the heck out of the way and let people do their job.

    76. Robert J. Chamberlai says:

      The Gulf oil spill demonstrates the ineptness of the Obama Administration in dealing with an emergency in my view point or a willful neglect of the situation to further an agenda of weakening the United States and it's economy to fulfill a "Progressive" scheme to take over America and weaken our "Constitutional" ideals and laws. Many questions have arisen as to the actions or lack of them by the Obama Administration to address many other situations and I feel that a pattern is starting to rise to the surface which indicates that the President does not have the best interest of America at heart.

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    78. Jack Ambrose, Mentor says:

      This inexperienced ninnie in the White House has made every mistake in the book on everything. This was the one thing he could have done to salvage his heretofore failed presidency.The American people need to DEMAND that all ten of these extremely intelligent steps be taken immediately. This oil spill is a catastrophe of epic proportions and here we are with Obama using the Rahm Emanual tactic of not letting the crisis go to waste to push his idiotic cap and tax plan. I pray that our once great country can survive the balance of this community agitator's one and only term.

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    80. Matt, Roanoke says:

      A simle standard shoudl be applied to offers of assistance and local efforts:

      Will this remove oil from the Gulf and its shoreline?

      Anything that meets this goal should be approved. Any regulations that interfere with this regulation should be waived temporarily.

      In an emergency, some rules are waived. For example, ambulances are allowed to exceed the speed limit. Sometimes goals like efficiency, perfection, or safety are set aside. Ike didn't stop D-Day because goods were piling up on the beach, or because of high casualties. The only measurement that mattered was whether a beachhead had been established.

    81. Drew Page, IL says:

      Unfortunately, no one in the Obama administration, from the top down, will ever take any advice coming from Heritage, regardless of how much that advice makes sense.

      Despite the opportunity to advance his agenda on Cap & Trade that this crisis provides, I believe that Mr. Obama would rather it not have happened because of all the criticism directed his way over the government's efforts (or lack thereof) in handling the oil spill.

      More frightening than Mr. Obama's lack of experience, failure of leadership, socialist agenda and his perpetual lying is the non-existant response of the main stream media to all of this. He is their man and whatever he does is praised and whatever he fails to do is ignored. Whenever Mr. Obama's policies are criticized by the opposition, the main stream media feel compelled to attack the critics.

    82. Craig Sacramento says:

      Can there now be any conceivable excuse for not totally cleaning house in Washington in November?? Our stupid government just staggers from disaster to catastrophe! It seems like there is definite purpose in their madness! Could it be that they want to convert us into a crummy socialist dictatorship??

    83. JOHN L SULAK, FLINT, says:

      THESE FORMS ARE AT THE PRINTERS: I, ________________, being of sound mind and body, do hereby completely surrender my citizenship, of the former United States of America, and in so doing, pronounce my complete allegiance and citizenship to The Republic of the Socialist States of America (RSSA). I will willfully accept the job that is given to me, by the RSSA, in exchange for food, shelter, and clothing, as the RSSA sees appropriate. I further understand, that any I further accept, without malice, jealousy, or envy, that the RSSA officials deserve greater compensation because they formed this great new country and are our protectors and providers. I, furthermore, will willfully recognize, Barrack Hussein Obama, as our Supreme Leader and comrade and I will defend him and his principles and the principles of thr great RSSA to the death. THE HONORABLE JOHN L SULAK — TH' DUMB OL' EAST TEXAS BOY

    84. anniescloset says:

      I'm so angry with this incompetent excuse for a "president" that your article inspired me to tell you precisely what I think the obungler should do with himself in the Gulf. But I know I'd be ashamed of myself afterwards, and you wouldn't print it anyway!

    85. John Downing, Nicevi says:

      I worked at the Naval Ordnance Labratory for many years. It is now known as the Naval Underwater Lab. When the military had a problem, the right mix of scientists and engineers would meet in a "Think Tank". These meetings may include former German rocket scientists like Von Braun or Florian Gienider and others that may have appropriate expertise. Suggestions were thrown out and none were laughed at or thought of as impossible. All minds were open!

      Obama has minds like this available now at his disposal and should have formed a think tank to solve the seepage from the earth problem the day after the explosion. Persons with expertise in petroleum engineering, pump engineers, geologists, deepwater experts, explosive engineers and underwater engineers that have worked on deepwater problems in the past should have been gathered in a tank to solve the problem of the hole in the earth from which oil and methane is flowing.

      Turn on the TV and all you hear is how we will solve the skimming and clean up problems. That is nothing more than putting a band aid on a cancer. Damn it cure the cancer—-close the hole in the earth!

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    87. dammaze says:

      The Jones Act hasn't affected a single thing, you lying fool. Why would anybody listen to anything you have to say after that? Educate yourselves you idiots.


    88. Chris, Seattle says:

      The Jones Act hasn't affected a single thing, you lying fool. Why would anybody listen to anything you have to say after that? Educate yourselves you idiots.


    89. Chris, Seattle says:

      The Jones Act hasn't affected a single thing. Why would anybody listen to anything you have to say after that? Educate yourselves.


    90. Chris, Seattle says:

      The Jones Act hasn't affected a single thing, you lying fool. Why would anybody listen to anything you have to say after that? Educate yourselves you idiots.

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    95. MN J says:

      The O administration never wanted to clean up this mess. They want to use it to get more control over the rest of us. The environmentalists ought to be raising cain over this – after all, O, is their environmental president. Yet, he let this disaster grow and grow. All those workers in LA and other southern states – hey, they're expendable, especially if we (aka the O administration) can get them to depend on the fed. govt. for their existence.

      If ever there was an event that showed that the only thing in this administration that is important is control, this is it. O has turned on his environmentalists – or the environmentalists were never really concerned about the environment in the first place.

    96. Jeff, Des Moines Iow says:

      I am sad to admit I voted for this idiot. What is it going to take to get this guy removed from office? Do I really live in a country where a president can be impeached for infidelity but one can remain president while ignoring the biggest disaster this country has ever faced? I feel sick thinking about the direction this Government is taking us. I no longer wish to participate in the election of any more worthless crooks. This country seems to be more crooked than communist Russia once was. Who can we trust in Government to do anything "for the people"?

    97. Jackson Pearson says:

      IMO, for his being deliberately negligent on his handling of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, President Barack Hussein Obama II should impeached, convicted, and removed from office!

    98. Ryan G, PA says:

      I believe the way in which the Obama administration has handled this crisis is lamentable, to say the least. Immediately after the disaster struck, instead of gathering his harvard experts, he should have created a panel of professionals who have actually implemented oil cleanup strategy. Aside from this, the administration's indolent attempt to seek foreign aid (I should rephrase to accept aid) absolutely baffles me. They have waited 72 days to accept the aid from a mere 12 countries when over 30 have offered a helping hand. I have never been a strong advocate for conspiracy theories, but I staunchly believe Obama's intense desire to see cap and trade on his desk is the true derivative of their tragically slothful approach.

    99. calvin busch says:

      I have an idea on my profile of Facebook which shows a simple yet not perfect idea to at least help with the clean up. Simply take a 2' – 3' pipe connected to a large water pump lowered down to about a foot or so above the leak. Fabricate (weld) a 20' – 30' "funnel", for lack of a better name, at the end of the pipe and pump like hell to get as much oil before it mixes with the gulfs waters! Separate the water and oil and store in an awaiting tanker (s) and simply pump the water back in the gulf. It is not perfect, but it will probably reclaim thousands of gallons of oil at the source of the leak!

    100. Linda, Louisiana says:

      Your suggestions to combat the Oil Spill is very valid, but it is evident that Obama, even though he doesn't know what to do and cannot make a decision in a timely, rational manner, will never listen to suggestions unless they come from the Union or someone else who can further his political agenda. He continually puts the blame on BP, and Congress has degraded a successful company even though this unfortunate accident has not been dealt with by anyone. If the President and Congress could run the United States as well and the Board of Directors and CEO of BP has run a company of this magnitude, we would be in better shape. Obama is only concerned for himself and his political agenda. He is not taking care of this Great Nation nor helping the States with their problems, such as in the Arizona case. The sooner someone can find something to base an impeachment, the sooner this Nation will make a turn around. Can you imagine not utilizing the assistance from other countries who are friends of the U.S. when it is evident they have the expertise.

    101. pat kimble says:

      what is most disturbing to me about the gulf oil leak is why the media is not informing the citizens of the jones act and questioning why obama has not waived it. that should have been done immediately and probably would have helped minimize the damage to the gulf coast. it would not have prevented it but surely would have helped. is it because obama is beholding to the unions? its absolutely amazing how uninterested he is in this whole debacle. the only thing his administraiton did was send lawyers immediately down to the gulf to prepare for lawsuits. there were lots of things that could have been done immediately after the leak and this guy did nothing except play golf and attend fund raisers and dance with paul mccartney. its disgraceful. MAINSTREAM MEDIA WAKEUP AND HOLD THIS GUY RESPONSIBLE!

    102. Jackson Pearson says:

      IMO, Barck H. Obama II is way, way over his head to govern this once great nation. Everything that he's touched has become poisoned. e.g., Keynesian economics miserably failed in the 1930s for FDR, and to date, isn't fairing very well for BHO. Nothing has been done to fix the financial meltdown (like repealing the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act), meanwhile Fanny and Freddie have become massive GSE black holes. So far, Obama's done a horrible job of coordinating the BP Gulf oil spill, of which will become the worst environmental disaster ever.

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    105. Dat Phick says:

      Isn't this proof that the Obama administration is another administration focused on politics, not solutions. Instead of dealing with the problem, Obama insists on taking his time to ameliorate the gulf disaster. We should have those skimmers in the water yesterday! He claims to want global unity, yet he scoffs at Swedish attempts to aid in the cleanup. Such a range of solutions boggles this presidents ability to make decisions, showing his lack of vision and leadership. His reign has produced foggy transparency and waste on all levels. He is I'll equipped to hold the reigns. Shape up Obama. You only have three years left to convince us you are worthy enough to serve the American people.

    106. George (Oldguy), Wes says:

      What should be monitored? Toxic fumes. I see clean-up crews wearing breathing masks. It is rumored that the crude gives off methane gas. If true, perhaps that would persuade the President to delay a tee off long enough to lift the Jones Act restrictions!

      Didn't the environmentalists have their undies in a knot over the levels of methane in cow flatulence?

      If all this crude is producing it it should give them apoplexy!

    107. Mark, Texas says:

      The National Incident Command of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico June 17 published a fact sheet, the opening statement of which reads: "In no case has the Federal on Scene Coordinator (FOSC) or Unified Area Command declined to request assistance or accept offers of assistance of foreign vessels that meet an operational need because the Jones Act was implicated."

      Despite a recent deluge of erroneous media reports claiming that offers of assistance involving foreign vessels have been declined due to the Jones Act, the National Incident Command fact sheet clarifies: "To date, no waivers of the Jones Act (or similar federal laws) have been required because none of the foreign vessels currently operating as part of the BP Deepwater Horizon response has required such a waiver."

      U.S. leaders have called upon the federal government to ensure the fleets of available U.S. vessels standing by to assist in the Deepwater Horizon response are utilized as they become needed, and to dispel the false reports about the Jones Act.

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    109. Larry Labit, So.E. L says:

      It seems as though people have a lot of unanswered questions, an rightfully so,

      but if you want answers to those very important questions………all you have to do is tune into GLENN BECK on FOX NEWS. He will open your eyes to a lot of things that has been going on. An if you're thinking its all B.S., he PROVES it by their own words. You may even get an education out of this, because this didn't all start with B.H.O. You will come away from his show with a whole new way of thinking about this country. You owe it to your family an love ones, your neibors,

      an the rest of the people in this beautiful country to find out what is REALLY going on. Don't just sit on it, do yourself an everyone a BIG FAVOR, tune in.! ! !

    110. Russell Fielder, Sev says:

      A corollary to "never let a crisis go to waste is " theme of this make a small crisis bigger to get more control", i.e. make sure the damage is great enough to take over BP And increase the number i, of citizens in the region who, without jobs, will become wards of the state.

    111. Todd, Albany, OR says:

      I say its time there was a video contest to illustrate all the ways the federal government screws up and bogs down our lives by passing laws and regulations that affect everything from our breakfast cereal and alarm clock voltages to the speed of cleaning up our oil spills. Maybe we could even get the government to send our kids a little deeper into debt by ponnying up the prize money for the winning video.

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    113. David, Lao PDR says:

      Among the 10 suggestions above, there is a lot of interesting information. Some of the tips seem logical, some seem a little far-fetched. But the reaction among the commentors is perplexing.

      I read it as this: "Even though a large business created the mess in the first place, they should, of course, be entrusted with its clean-up." and "Bureaucracies such as the EPA and Coast Guard are, of course, always part of the problem and never part of the solution" and "Obama hates America".

      I find that the types of over-simplifications found above are very rarely useful.

      Does anyone have any constructive suggestions for new policy or regulations to prevent this type of disaster from happening again?

    114. bill alfors in belle says:

      I don,t understand why the people of America cannot see through this president and his obvious inability to do anything but sling the BS. This guys strings are being manipulated by the big money boys. He does just exactly what they tell him to do.
      If WE THE PEOPLE do not stand up to this and that bunch of outlaws on capitol hill we will deserve just exactly what they serve up to the masses.
      Our only hope is to get these supposed statesmen out of office and put some real men up there with enough backbone to tell the powers that are in control now. to kiss where the sun doesn't shine.
      Our laws have been corrupted out thought processes have been corrupted and our children are going to grow up in a feudal system.
      All you men out there reach down , pull up your boot straps and lets give them a dose of their own medicine.

    115. bill alfors in belle says:

      The name was miss spelled

    116. Jim P, San Antonio, says:

      I don't think I have ever read all the comments to an article, but I couldn't stop reading these. They were terrific (except for Michael of course). It's obvious that we have a lot of good folks out there who cannot wait for the November 2d elections, so we can begin take out the trash in government. If everyone works hard to elect conservative candidates in the 2010 and 2012 elections, we can start to see all of the Obama nonsense being repealed in January of 2013.

      One other thing. If Obama continues his effort to destroy our country, democrats will not only lose the House this year (I made that prediction in March of 2009), they will lose the Senate as well (but only if everyone INCLUDING REPUBLICANS) works hard to make it happen. Then in 2011, the republican controlled congress (I hope it turns out to the conservative controlled congress) can initiate hearings to fix the blame for most of our problems where they belong – on this administration.

    117. Bob Florida says:

      I say that we create our own laws on this and pull an Arizona and tell big Gov that we can handle this on our own. And do it faster and better.

    118. Scott, Missouri. says:

      I've blog about the "Jones Act" being waived from the start of this disaster. I was surprised by the people that didn't know what the Jones Act actually is. But you can bet your butt Obumer knows especially when he has been bought by Unions and big labor. These Foreign nations that offered to help should have been brought in from the start. The Jones Act came about in 1920, but should never be allowed to prevail in a national disaster.

    119. T. David Hudson, MA says:

      Barack Obama is perfectly willing to take responsibility for anything that he thinks he can get away with blaming on somebody else.

      It hardly matters whether Obama's behavior w.r.t. the superspill flows from incompetence or malice. It betrays a deep, underlying, dishonest, evil stupidity that can only destroy, not build, nor, apparently, defend us. Perhaps Obama's already claimed the title of Worst President Ever from that other inexperienced, inept Democrat with no real-world experience, Woodrow Wilson. But he's in charge at a time when technology is far more potent and finances, thanks to WW, are far from sound.

      I would like to know whether Glenn Beck's claim that BP had been doing from the start what the government wanted it to do, rather than what it wanted to do to clean up the spill is true or not; I'd like to know, not that it could change things, if government's "taking charge" screwed things up even from the beginning. It would seem improbable, if Obama weren't in the picture.

    120. David, Milan, Michig says:

      I too think the Obama administration should be doing more to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. But I am also tired of all the name-calling and presidential bashing that has gone on. Too bad that all the negative efforts to belittle and undermine the administration can't be used positively…..alot would probably get accomplished.

    121. Patricia LoGiudice says:

      None of the "incompetence" being displayed in the federal handling of the gulf is incompetence.

      It is an unexpected "gift" to those who know just how bad things have to get in the nation before their "changes" can be implemented…..

      Chaos is a necessary part of their "change"…….

      Care to wake up, America?

    122. Mark Gould, Clearwat says:

      The idea of using microbes to clean up the spill should be included on Obama's clean-up the Gulf list. It's not a new idea – it's a proven solution. It worked on the Mega Borg and Apex Barge spills of 1989 off Texas. It worked on the EPA 74 mile coastal cleanup in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill. Waiving EPA requirements on this and allowing the states to clean up their own beaches WITHOUT BP's interference would be a very good idea. The microbes eat the oil, after which when their food source is gone, they obligingly die off and become (good) fish food. They will not cause dead zones as they eat oil on the surface. Use microbial bioremediation – it works.

    123. Carter says:

      It took all of about 30 seconds to research the inaccuracies of this article. Because the researched facts are being presented, as opposed to the rants of such “experts” as Sarah Palin and Lamar Alexander, then the researcher must be a liberal, left-wing nut. For anyone who cares about the facts, go to: http://www.factcheck.org/2010/06/oil-spill-foreig… .

      The first talking point of the Republicans is the failure to waive The Jones Act. The Jones Act is created issue — a red herring. The Jones Act is irrelevant to the discussion. It applies to delivery of goods. Fifteen foreign flagged vessels have been providing clean-up services for some time. They are not delivering goods to a U.S. port and therefore not in violation of the Jones Act. President Bush correctly waived the Jones Act because of damage to the infrastructures created a need for supplies — commerce, goods. The waiver allowed the supplies to be delivered to U.S. ports in the disaster area. With this Gulf disaster, there are no goods to be delivered to a U.S. port. So, the Jones Act does not apply. The remaining points of the article are no better supported by the facts. Virtually all foreign offers of assistance have been accepted. The "support" that has been rejected includes offers to charge exorbitant fees to profit on our crisis. The same services are being acquired for less money.

      The problems created by the Gulf disaster are extremely complicated. For every complex problem there is a simple, politically popular solution that is really just a talking point — and nothing more. This list of simple solutions will neither solve the problem, nor prevent future disasters. But it sounds good — simple, pithy, throws blame, and appears to be authoritative.

    124. Lasvegasmarv says:

      Obama should set up a military command center modeled after the Joint Operations Command in Iraq by using a task force. There is NO credible command structure in place to handle this oil spill and this effort constitutes a war effort response!

      - WAKE up Obama!!!

    125. BigKev in NC says:

      Michael P. on June 30th, 2010 at 9:42am said: You know, I just can’t seem to understand the disconnect here in that all this ‘foundation’ support is limited government, as far as spending, etc. So why are you complaining about Obama not getting involved enough and not spending enough money? Can you really not see that this view point is in opposition to itself! I tend to think that a weak argument, such as your’s is a display of of weakness.——- I see by your comment that you have the IQ of a burnt piece of toast and are not capable of seeing that as conservatives we dont want the government taking us furhter into debt with entitlement programs that we cant pay for without raising taxes. This oil spill is an emergency and oil comapnies for years have been paying into a spill fund which is suppose to be used in situations just like this but Obama will not get involved int he first place to get the federal government rolling. After the spill is contained and cleanup done then you can recoup money from BP.

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    127. Rickster says:

      I understand this is why Larry King quit so he could talk the oil back into the ground?

      Hasn't anyone figured out that it's not in BO-ama's best interest to stop this? Now he can be "green" punish oil companies stop our economy from growing and promote cap & trade as sorely needed. What a bunch of crap. It's truly amazing this guy has any support for the way he's totally screwing things up. Scary.

      And while he's a moron I'm afraid the boys on the other side aren't much better. Not only pointing out all the stupidity in the gulf but asking a person who's going to get a lifetime job sitting on her extremely fat butt MAKING LAWS asking her about where she's eating at Christmas? If she went to a midnight movie? These f*******g dopes are elected "representatives"? What a joke. We have plenty of money to fix things if the dopes in Congress would stop wasting it.

    128. R. Coker, Horn Lake, says:

      Obama is anti America. He will give nothing but a crotch salute to the American flag and panders to every country that is trying to bring us down. Lock and load Americans..Lock and load!!!

    129. ChuckL says:

      The Jones Act requires that goods being moved from one U.S. port to another must be moved in U.S. registered ships with U.S. crews.

      Will someone please explain how skimming oil from the top of the ocean outside of a U. S. port can be affected by the Jones Act. There is NO shipment of goods from one U. S.. port to another involved.

      The Jones Act does NOT apply.

    130. Dr. Matson, Chicago, says:

      What really gets me is the unilateral declaration that "stopping the leak is not humanly possible." People have said that about many things over the years, including flight, space travel, landing on the moon, breaking the speed of sound, etc. Suddenly, instead of "off" we are willing to settle for 90%, or even 50%.

      Stopping that "leak" (really a broken pipe) is possible, but neither our Government nor B.P. has asked for assistance. Our government has delegated all responsibility to B.P. who, under normal circumstances, should know how. Unfortunately, in this case, they do not and will not admit it. Our government won't make them admit it, nor ask on their behalf.

      I am an inventor, an experimental scientist, a specialist in fluid mechanics. I have several ideas and a talent for solving problems. There are many others like me in this country. Were we asked? Were we consulted for solutions?

      The answer is No. British Petroleum may want to stop the leak, and therefor end this crisis. I do not believe our government does, hence Al Gore's noticable absence. They have other plans, and other priorities, such as using this crisis for all it's worth before it goes away. The longer it lasts, the longer they have to profit from the pain and suffering in the Gulf.

    131. RealityCheck says:

      The failure to contain the spill, and the Federal Agencies impeding all containment efforts … is total confirmation that we have a Failure-in-Chief in charge. This failure DWARFs the faux crucifiction of Bush over faux Katrina … a completely MEDIA GENERATED SCANDAL of BIBLICALLY FALSE PROPORTIONs. As is now known, Bush did a LOT to help that situation, and much more blame can be put on Mayor Ray Nagin (naturally re-elected by the dimbulb useless idiots of N.O.) and the now defunct Govenor Kathleen Blanc-stare-in-the-headlights, thankfully replaced with Bobby Jindal. The simple truth is that O'Bummer will be brought up for IMPEACHMENT … it's a matter of time, everyone on every blog should put the word IMPEACHMENT into every single post, everywhere … that is what this disastrous fake deserves, and no less. We can't wait a full term, the country will be toast by then. He MUST go NOW. If the Gulf doesn't illustrate this, along with the failure to prosecute the BLACK PANTHERS blocking white voters with billy clubs and threats … then YOU ARE HOPELESS and deserve the tyranny you get. I left out the other 3 dozen impeachable offenses on purpose … time and space contraints. No president has EVER deserved IMPEACHMENT more than this Faux-in-Chief.

    132. paul, the villages,f says:

      I'm glad most of the people responding realize that Oboma is not trying to solve the problem because is incompetent.He knows exactly what he is doing.His reaction is accompishing what he want it to.The jobs that will be lost,plus giving amensty to illegals puts more people dependent on the government and thus more likely to support his commands.Wake up America, he dos't want to be president, he wants to become a dictartor and eventully become world leaer through the UN.Hemust be stopped starting in 2011 or this country will be destroyed.

    133. Big Mike, LaPlace, L says:

      The Gulf is such a mess that the Head man in charge Thad Allen resigned yesterday from the Coast Guard. He was BP's number 1 lapdog.

    134. NoName says:

      This big government thing does not seem to be working very well. The #1 job of the government for the oil spill was to keep the oil from reaching shore – using all means possible. Period. It has failed

      Happened on Obamas watch and Obama took responsibility. The left called Bush an eco-terrorist. This one is all Obama's. 3 months of crude flowing into the gulf, makes Obama the number one eco-terrorist.

      There is nothing but criminals in charge of our government from the top down. Where is all the eco whacko on this oil spill? The silence is deafening.

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    136. Drew Page, IL says:

      Everything, and I mean everything Obama does is bad for this country. He is a clear and present danger to the security of the United States.

    137. Russell Sutherland, says:

      The relationship of the Minerals Management Service and BP prior to the explosion at the well should be investigated. The firing of the MMS head shortly after the blow out seems too much to be a coincidence ! Were there safety short cuts authorized , for example .

    138. Craig says:

      I have never seen a president more interested in pushing an agenda by using disasters as a means to promote and pass even more damaging pieces of legislation. Obama is a very divisive and arrogant leader who seems to go out of his way to spurn anyone that disagrees with his position on issues. Power corrupts absolutely.

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    141. Reggie Greene / The says:

      At this point, quite frankly I am confused by the comments of both the right and the left as to which sector(s) should respond to this "event." There appears to be quite a lack of internal consistency when one views the various arguments made by both sides with respect to previous issues faced by our nation. Should this event be left entirely to the private sector to address, entirely to the public/government sector, a combination of the two, or neither? Should the individual private citizens be left to fend by themselves? Just posing some rhetorical questions….

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    143. Richard Vettraino,Ph says:

      Here we go again,everytime I try to make a comment it does not get published.The Heritage Foundation is very informative and so is Fox News,no more donations.I had it with you people,you are as bad as the Moron in Chief in the White House,all you do is talk.I have been pushing delete on my email when I see The HF.Bye

    144. Larry greenbaum says:

      we would like to invite all of our northern friends to come to Florida. you will be treated to lots of quiet time(the coast is practically deserted)no annoying wildlife to contend with(they are destroying the animals by burning them alive)great prices on rooms(hotels are desperate)great service at restaurants(no one else is there)You might want to relocate here(we are giving away real estate).An added attraction….soon,like Moses you might be able to walk on water.

      While this conglomeration of defective genes(our leaders)worry about overhauling our once great country into a third world field of broken dreams,We are contemplating the atrocity we are all now facing for decades to come.

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    148. Joanna McDermott, Ja says:

      What we are asking is for government to get the hell out of the way…..let the locals and experts deal with getting this resolved. Stop putting roadblocks in the way……people who know how to handle this, are trying to preserve the coasts & wildlife, and have had years of experience are being ignored and not allowed to help. When has the federal government ever handled anything well? Good grief, testing the whale? Worried about small amounts of crude going back in the water….get real. At this point we need to try anything that might work….it can't get any worse.

    149. Steve Gilbert, Hurri says:

      I saw a ridiculous report on Bill OReilly the other day. The report said that businesses like strippers and gardeners were being hurt by the oil spill and are applying for relief. It would seem that BP and the Feds could provide jobs for anyone that wants to get involved in the oil spill. Rather than just give money away lets create jobs for those that lose jobs in this mess. The same holds true with unemployment benefits. Everyone who is eligible for unemployment benefits ought to be made to work for those benefits.

    150. Tom, Alabama says:

      There were three boys that all wanted some fruit being given away at the local market. Two decided to fight over how much they should get. While they were fighting the third took what he wanted and the market closed.

      Always, the best defense it a good offense. Perhaps before these mega-corporations start drilling they should produce feasible evidence that have stop-gap measures in place and a working model to prove it.

      Forget the who is to blame nonsense, forget the infighting and just get the job done!

    151. Richard K Lake Alfre says:

      The Navy has 27 oil skimmers that have been ordered to stay parked at various ports around the country doing nothing. Obama has been blocking them from being used along with over 20 other countries who have offered help. He has also blocked states, cities and private efforts to clean up the oil.

      Now the huge A Whale ship has been stopped by Obama who wants the oil to continue to flow to destroy our beaches and people.

      Remember, never let a good crisis go to waste. He needed to make the crisis much worse than it was to pass his carbon tax to create a global fascist government run by the criminal Rothschild banking mafia.

      Senator Bill Nelson claims credit for gaining release of the 27 Navy skimmer ships. Obama ordered these 27 ships not to be moved anywhere whatsoever until he approved it personally, and to say anything or object to Barry's order would be a violation of national security and subject to the death penalty if it lead to suspicion of one being a homegrown terrorist where you could be secretly arrested and held forever without any rights whatsoever of any kind. Stalin, Hitler and Mao would all be proud of the USA now.

      Here is a link to Senator Nelson's incredible email which basically says Obama committed treason by purposly destroying our coral reefs, oster beds spawning grounds, beaches and marshlands. Obama must be impeached immediately for treason! This is not a scam, it is for real on a government website. Check out the link below for Senator Bill Nelson's testimonial of Obama/Soetoro holding back 27 oil skimmers from being deployed to the gulf in order to make the disaster worse!


      Soetoro/Obama released them when pressure from Gulf State senators and governors, the truth being released to the public through alternative media made him reluctantly move the skimming vessels at the lowest speed possible to the gulf. This is being "green", of course, ordering the ships to save diesel fuel by moving very slowly at idle speed toward the gulf where they will most likely face several weeks, if not months of intense safety and return water quality inspections before being allowed to clean up the oil.

      The facts have surfaced that they knew several months in advance that the rig was going to blow, as if it may have been planned or allowed to happen or helped along to make it happen. Proof has surfaced that the company ignored warnings by the oil rig crew and captain that what they were doing was not safe and would cause it to blow up.

      Obama/Soetoro must be kicked out of office as he is not eligible and all legislation he has passed is not legal. His Communist Supreme Court nominees get a boot too!

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    154. Gerald Todd, Bakersf says:

      Bioremediation – natural – will take care of any slick from A Whale.

      Produce naturally occurring, harmless oleophilic (oil eating) microbes in large fermenter as in Wasco, Ca, and create a nutrient/microbe solution to spray on shoreline and floating oil. The microbes will take care of the intrusion in a week or so.

      It's been done before with no special precautions. The microbes die when their normal; food supply (oil) is exhausted.

    155. John L Greenwood, SC says:

      It is often said,"there is a very thin line between one being a genius or an idiot"! Obama is an educated IDIOT who happens to be able to read from a teleprompter! Regarding his "common sense", ability to lead, ability to govern, inability to be decisive, and narcisistic thin skin, he is TOTALLY INEPT!! He is but a robot controlled by the far left! Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like a genius and that is as bad as it gets!! Some people don't know what is going on, but Obama doesen't even suspect ANYTHING is going on that is not spoon fed to him by the far left! 80 days is a drop in the bucket (pardon the pun) towards how long it will take Obama and company to repair the oil spill. One cannot help but wonder if he WANTS to repair the spill. A president who will put politics ahead of the oil spill, American military in Iraq and Afghanistan, foreign policy, closing our borders, disregard the clear wishes of the majority of legal American citizens, and jeprodize the security of the USA both foreign and domestically is a liar and violator of the oath of office he took! Were a soldier to fail his/her oath, he/she would be court martialed. WHY NOT OBAMA? Is he better that any one of our troops? The question is, IS HE ONE TENTH AS GOOD AS ANY MEMBER OF THE US MILITARY? IF you can answer YES, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!!! Lead, follow, or get out of the way! Obama cannot lead, will not follow, so needs to get the hell out of Americas way!!!

    156. Evangeline De Luna, says:

      Regarding illegal immigration, the federal Government is suing Arizona for their proposed law in an effort to control the crime and violence that's occuring in AZ and immediately on the either side of the US/Mexico border. If the government feels that AZ is violating federal law, aren't sanctuary cities, like the one I live in, violating federal immigration law?? We are tired of the care thefts and home vandalising. We are tired of the repeated arrests of illegal border crossers.We are tired of subsidizing free education for thousands of Mexico resident students who don't contribute 1 cent to our tax base. We are tired of subsidizing free health care for Mexico residents and mothers who come here to deliver their "anchor" babies. We are tired of seeing advertisements in Spanish from birthing places

      luring pregnant women to come here to deliver. We are tired of illegals being given public housing and living off of Medicaid and Welfare. All this because we are a sanctuary city.

    157. Honest Conservative, says:

      In a news briefing last week, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said he'd received "no requests for Jones Act waivers" from foreign vessels or countries. "If the vessels are operating outside state waters, which is three miles and beyond, they don't require a waiver," he said.

      On Tuesday the State Department announced that new offers of aid would be accepted from 12 foreign countries and international organizations, but spokesman P.J. Crowley noted that booms donated by Mexico, Norway and Brazil had been in use since May 11,and that 24 foreign vessels from nine foreign countries already have been helping with the cleanup.

      FactCheck.org, a nonprofit website operated by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, analyzed claims that failure to waive the Jones Act is blocking foreign-flagged vessels from assisting in the Gulf. It concluded last week that "In reality, the Jones Act has yet to be an issue in the response efforts."

      The Deepwater Horizon response team reported in a news release June 15 that 15 foreign-flagged ships were participating in the oil spill cleanup, FactCheck.org said. "None of them needed a waiver because the Jones Act does not apply," it said.

    158. jon, sd says:

      I agree….Companies like ESPH will help clean up, but we need to look to change the way we think about producing energy. And we need to reduce our dependence on oil. Envision Solar (EVSI), is going to be company that can help with this. It is also going to be a very profitable company….They are turning the traditional solar panel(ugly and hidden),into something that can be placed in plain site, and used as a shade tree along with the practicality of utilizing green solar energy. Even if revenues don’t increase huge in the next few quarters, the demand for their products will increase over time. And getting one contract for them can be a huge project.

    159. Sal, Indiana says:

      Michael P. wrote:

      You know, I just can’t seem to understand the disconnect here in that all this ‘foundation’ support is limited government, as far as spending, etc. So why are you complaining about Obama not getting involved enough and not spending enough money? Can you really not see that this view point is in opposition to itself!

      I tend to think that a weak argument, such as your’s is a display of of weakness.


      All the President had to do was to get the best of the best to surround him in response to this problem, that is what an Executive does. He is only surrounded by his political hacks and BP. Now you tell me where conservatives lose the arguement here. Sorry, not seeing it.

    160. Russ Bublitz Stevens says:

      The only thing the government should be responsible for is to hold BP's feet to rhe fire, for the clean up, damages, and lost income of the people affected from the oil spill.

      How dare BP take our oil, then cause such harm to our country!

    161. Kyle, Chicago says:

      Obama inherited a Democrat Congress economy, Blame Bush, but This is all a Democrat Congress Economy. Tell the truth.

    162. Kyle, Chicago says:

      Why is the Administration not doing everything possible to clean up this mess, also, The Goverment inspected the oil Rig, so anthing not right should have been corrected, This is the Administrations fault for not being on top of things, and just focusing on healthcare, and immigration issues, Where are the JOBS?

    163. Kyle, Chicago says:

      1/2 cracker president.

    164. Jeff Landefeld, Acwo says:

      What Heritage should develop is a narrative of how this Administration would respond to 9/11 using the Oil Spill crisis as a basis. It would be shocking to some, but illustrative to many.

    165. Daniel says:

      "Blind allegiance to the left"? Where the hell where you and your self-righteous anger when your buddy Bush and the "blind allegiance of the right" where starting a war based on lies and sending our sons and brothers to go die in a war we shouldn't be in?

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