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Archive for May 28th, 2010

Little Truth in President’s Oil Spill Comments

Posted by iusbvision on May 28, 2010

Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and make hay out of the gap between the rhetoric and the reality.

Related –

Video: Gibbs scolds reporters privately for asking too many BP questions – LINK.

Noonan – He was supposed to be competent… LINK

Obama hasn’t returned call of lawmaker representing district of rig – LINK

EPA still blocking gulf states from taking action…  LINK.

 


Palin:

Nearly 40 days in, our President finally addressed the American people’s growing concerns about the Gulf Coast oil spill. Listening to today’s press conference, you’d think the administration has been working with single-minded focus on the Gulf gusher since the start of the disaster. In reality, their focus has been anything but singular to help solve this monumental problem.

If the President really was fully focused on this issue from day one, why did it take nine whole days before the administration asked the Department of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill site?

Why was the expert group assembled by Energy Commissioner Steven Chu only set up three weeks after the start of this disaster?

Why was Governor Jindal forced more than a month after the start of the disaster to go on national television to beg for materials needed to tackle the oil spill and for federal approval to build offshore sand barriers that are imperative to protect his state’s coastline?

Why was no mention of the spill made by our President for days on end while Americans waited to hear if he grasped the import of his leadership on this energy issue?

Why have several countries and competent organizations who offered help or expertise in dealing with the spill not even received a response back from the Unified Area Command to this day?

The President claimed that “this notion that somehow the federal government is somehow sitting on the sidelines and for the last three or four or five weeks we’ve just been letting BP make a whole bunch of decisions is simply not true.” But, in fact, that is how U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen described the Obama administration’s approach to this crisis: “We keep a close watch.”

Listening to the President, you get the impression he is continually surprised by the inability of various centralized government agencies to get more involved and help solve problems. His lack of executive experience might explain this because he is apparently unaware that it’s his job as a chief executive to make sure they do their jobs and help solve problems.

The fundamental problem at the core of this crisis is a lack of responsibility. (I risk the President taking my comments personally, but they’re not intended to be personal; my comments reflect what many others feel, and we just want to help him tackle this enormous spill problem.) There’s a culture of buck-passing at the heart of this administration that has caused the tragedy of a sunken oil rig to turn into a potential disaster.

The 1990 Oil Pollution Act was drafted in response to the Exxon-Valdez spill in my home state. It created new procedures for offshore cleanups, specifically putting the federal government in charge of such operations. The President should have used the authority granted by the OPA – immediately – to take control of the situation. That is a big part of what the OPA is for – to designate who is in charge so finger-pointing won’t disrupt efforts to just “plug the d#*! hole.” But instead of immediately engaging with this crisis, our President chose to spend precious time on political pet causes like haranguing the state of Arizona for doing what he himself was supposed to do – secure the nation’s border. He also spent much time fundraising and politicking for liberal candidates and causes while we waited for him to grasp the enormity of the Gulf spill.

Now that the American people are calling him out on his lack of engagement with this disaster, the buck-passing is in full swing – and, unbelievably, his administration is still looking to blame his predecessor. Amazingly, even those of us who support energy independence for America are the brunt of some buck-passing.

He suggested today that a “culture of corruption” at the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) was solely the previous administration’s responsibility and that the failure of the inspection system was a failure of that administration. That is false. The MMS has been his responsibility since January 20, 2009.

The MMS director who resigned today, Elizabeth Birnbaum, was appointed by his administration. And the most recent inspection of the oil rig took place a mere 10 days before the explosion – also very much on his watch, not President Bush’s.

BP gave more money to Obama than anyone else.

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Stalker reporter who moves next door to Palin threatens another reporter with police…

Posted by iusbvision on May 28, 2010

Previous:  Total Creep Out: ‘Journalist’ with Palin Derangement Syndrome Rents House Next to Governor Palin’s Home.

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Governor Christie vs teacher union hack: “This is why the union has no credibility. Stupid statements like that.” Christie rhetoric vs. Obama’s OrwellSpeak.

Posted by iusbvision on May 28, 2010

Governor Christie has become s star because he tells it like it is. This is very similar to the kind of rhetorical strategy that I have believed for years that the GOP should adopt, but many politicians do not like it because such direct and honest use of the language does not leave an escape hatch. What they do not realize is that they do not need an escape hatch, when you say what you mean and mean what you say people will trust you and will be much for forgiving when you make mistakes.

Case in point look at the oil spill disaster and the clintonesque slippery language Obama and his administration uses. Obama is going to get creamed politically for this mess and should. Bush had the FEMA and other federal resources all over every state but Louisiana before Katrina hit and the only reason he didn’t have that in Louisiana until day four is because Governor Blanco was blocking him until finally Bush had enough and likely illegally sent in General Honore and the military (FEMA guidelines say that the states are first responders and FEMA’s own regs are set for a 3 day response time). As we reported  key officials went on vacation just as or after the oil accident happened and Obama himself didn’t get involved till day 12 because he was out campaigning.

Could there be a bigger contrast?

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The untold story of legal immigrants screwed by the system that rewards illegal aliens.

Posted by iusbvision on May 28, 2010

The Armstrong & Getto Show.  The untold story of legal immigrants screwed by the system that rewards illegal aliens. I saw this first hand at IUSB where I met some amazing people from overseas who would love to stay in the United States and can’t because of the system.

A & G predict that the skills to survive communism will be in demand again. Maybe old Russians will have seminars!

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Pinal County had 64 high speed chases last month. All were illegals. Police Don’t Need Race to Find Immigraqtion Status.

Posted by iusbvision on May 28, 2010

Fox News’  William La Jeunesse  is going on ride alongs with Arizona police where a Latino police officer explains that the system is so good that they can determine most people’s immigration status without even considering race. Comments on La Raza teacher. Only Fox is doing this in depth reporting. The Armstrong & Getty Show.

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