Tag: BP

The Triple Threat President

There have been presidents in the past who were ideological [which can be a good term if the ideology is centered on limited government and constitutionalism], yet most were willing to work with those with whom they disagreed when necessary. There have been presidents who were political bullies, using whatever means necessary to achieve their goals, not caring one bit for morality [LBJ comes to mind]. There have been presidents who were incompetent [Carter, anyone?]. What we have now is a… Read more »

Constitution? What Constitution?

Republican congressman Joe Barton of Texas did something politically foolish last week, but constitutionally sound. In a hearing with BP executives, Barton used the word “shakedown” to describe what the Obama administration had done to the company. He then offered an apology for the way in which BP had been treated. That set off a firestorm, not just among Democrats but within his own Republican party. Pressure was so intense that he was forced that same day to apologize for… Read more »

The Obama Plan

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation about the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf. He attempted to make everyone feel better about what the government is doing to handle the situation. Here’s basically what he proposed: In his desire to ensure that BP pay for the damages from the spill, he declared that the company would be forced to set aside a fund for compensating workers and business owners who have been hurt by this disaster. That sounds good…. Read more »

Spilling Thoughts

Okay, it’s time. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been at or near the top of the news for weeks, and I have yet to comment on it. In one way, that kind of makes me similar to the president. It took him a while to say much publicly. The big difference, of course, is that I don’t have any responsibility for taking care of the situation. He does. I also haven’t been playing basketball. Almost before… Read more »