Vail Daily letter: Shoulda coulda
Vail, CO, Colorado
In a recent speech, President Obama, parroted by the usual pseudo intellectual media pundits, criticized conservatives who want less government intervention in our lives.
The president complained and anticipated that conservatives and constitutionalists who rose up against government involvement in health care (mandating the purchase of health insurance), Wall Street regulations and cap-and-trade would also be against our government getting involved in the resolution of the BP oil spill.
This spill has been acknowledged to be the worst environmental disaster in the history of our country, spewing an estimated 1 million gallons of oil a day into the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The BP oil spill is decimating the lives of thousands of our citizens, destroying our wetlands and fishing industry along with killing our wildlife.
There is such a disconnect here. President Obama was a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago Law School and should know that the government is responsible for the physical protection of our country, its borders and its people.
Government does not have the responsibility to proclaim that certain companies are “too big to fail” or that some folks are making too much money and need to “share the wealth” or that we must purchase health insurance.
President Obama, please temporarily repeal the Jones Act. There are many countries with experience in oil spill management that have offered to help. You have so many czars. How about an oil spill management czar who could evaluate all of the possible solutions that have been offered and ignored by BP and the White House?
In your own inimitable words: “plug the damn hole and start kickin’ some a–!”
Do this before your motto becomes “Shoulda, coulda,woulda” and Jimmie Carter sends you a “thank you” note.
Dr. Michael Schneider