The Only Change Is Failure

If President Obama isn’t going to step up and accept his responsibilities as President, maybe it’s time he resigned. I’m serious. The environmental and economic impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is going to devastate the SouthEast United States for years, if not decades. More than fifty days have passed and nothing has been done to slow, let alone stop, the leak.

In yesterday’s post I wrote about Section 311 of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and President Obama’s responsibility to gain control of the situation. He hasn’t, but not only is he shrugging his responsibility, I am beginning to think he is singlehandedly making the situation even worse than it was going to be.

There are a couple reasons why I feel this way…

Reason #1

Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, known as the Jones Act, requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried in U.S. flagged ships. Those ships must be constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and operated by U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Because of the Jones Act, ships from many different countries are unavailable to help with clean up and recovery efforts in the Gulf Of Mexico. Mexico, Canada, Norway, Belgium, and The Netherlands have all offered help. All of their offers have been refused because of the Jones Act.

British Petroleum (BP) estimates that cleanup will take nine months without foreign assistance. With help from experts worldwide it could be done in three.

In 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff waived the Jones Act for 18 days to get the gas and oil supply line moving again.

Why hasn’t the Obama Administration waived the Jones Act? What is the motive for allowing the oil to spread across the Gulf Of Mexico unchecked?

Reason #2

Governor Jindal of Louisiana has requested supplies to protect the beaches in his state. More than fifty days later he’s still listening to crickets.

Why hasn’t the Obama Administration allowed states to protect their wetlands and shorelines? What is the motive for allowing the oil to contaminate fragile wildlife refuges and fishing grounds that are vital to the area economy?

Reason #3

After the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989, natural oil eating bacteria was used to clean up the ocean and shores. More than fifty days after the Deep Horizon explosion, the company which produces up to 200,000 gallons a day of the bacteria has not been contacted by the Obama Administration.

Why hasn’t the Obama Administration returned their calls? What is the motive for ignoring such a successful clean up solution?

Reason #4

There are several other possible solutions which could aid in the capping of the well (remember Red Adair’s team which capped 628 wells in 9 months over in Kuwait) and the removal of oil from the water in the Gulf Of Mexico (lookup Kevin Costner’s oil cleaning centrifuges), but the Obama Administration has done nothing.

Keep in mind, President Obama still hasn’t declared the area a disaster area. Why not? What is the motive for ignoring every possible solution and every single offer of assistance?

So, those are my four reasons, in addition to ignoring his legal responsibilities as outlined in the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution, why President Obama should resign as President of the United States.

As of this post, more than 38 million gallons of oil are floating in the waters off our Southern shore. Hesitation by the Obama Administration is killing marine life, endangering wildlife, destroying fragile wetlands, and devastating the economy of millions of people along the Gulf coast.

There is no hope. There is no change. There is only failure. President Obama’s failure. If he isn’t going to perform his duties as President he should resign. Immediately.

The World According To Janet

Janet Napolitano is lucky the whiplash from her tongue didn’t kill her. After the attempt by a terrorist to blow up an airliner on approach to Detroit, she claimed that the system worked as it should have.

“Once this incident occurred, everything went according to clockwork… Blah, blah, blah, I look like an Andes Mint in this outfit, blah, blah, blah… Again, everybody reacted as they should, the system, once the incident occurred, the system worked.”

 
Then, just a day later, she back pedaled, claimed that everyone was taking her quote out of context, and then agreed that the system failed miserably.

 
The Obama administration and Janet Napolitano have a serious problem with the war on terror, and she sums it up well in her response to Matt Lauer.

“Sure, I think the comment is being taken out of context. What I’m saying is, once the incident occurred, moving forward, we were immediately able to notify the 128 flights in the air of protective measures to take, immediately able to notify law enforcement on the ground, airports both domestic and internationally, all carriers, all of that happening within 60 to 90 minutes.”

They are actually proud that the “system worked” after the incident occurred. They are proud that they reacted after the terrorist was thwarted. They are proud that they did something after the guy tried to blow up the plane.

Let’s forget the fact the man was on a terror list. Let’s forget the fact the man had no passport. Let’s forget the fact that if it wasn’t for some brave passengers there would have been a lot more to react to after the fact.

Janet Napolitano is proud that they were able to get the word out and respond within 60 to 90 minutes. Sorry, that’s not good enough. Responding within 60 to 90 minutes wouldn’t have changed anything on September 11th, and it sure as hell didn’t do anything to change the events which took place on Christmas day.

American citizens stopped this attack, not the Department of Homeland Security, not the Transportation Security Administration, not the Obama Administration. Everyday people like you and me stepped up at the right time, made the right decision, and made sure the terrorist didn’t succeed. Too bad the government dropped the ball and allowed him to put all of their lives in jeopardy in the first place.

We don’t need a President (or anyone in his administration) who responds to terror attacks, we need a President who will make sure that steps are taken to prevent incidents like this from occurring at all. The Department of Homeland Security should, by definition of its very name, keep the homeland secure, shouldn’t it? In this case, they failed. They failed miserably.

If The Failed One® is serious about homeland security and keeping our country safe, he will ask for Janet Napolitano’s resignation. Don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

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Harry Reid & Democrat Obstructionism

Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid shows just how whiny and hypocritical he can be. Two days ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and whined about Republican obstructionism.

He said the lack of Republican votes on the Medicare “doc fix” was another effort of the Republicans to “slow down, divert, and stop” what they (Democrats) are trying to do with health care “and basically everything else”.

He has lamented how things have changed in Washington, and he wants everyone within the sound of his voice to understand that Washington is being driven by a small number of people on the other side of the aisle that are preventing them (Democrats) from doing things that “help the American people”.

Sorry Harry. Those accusations just aren’t going to fly anymore. The Democrats hold a 58-40 majority over the Republicans in the Senate. The two Independent Senators caucus with the Democrats, which gives the Democrats a 60-40 majority.

It takes 60 votes to end debate on legislation and bring it up for a vote. That process is called cloture.

 
If the Democrats are truly doing what’s best for the American people and the “essential legislation” he keeps whining about will actually help Americans, why doesn’t his own party support it?

The truth is, Democrats don’t need Republican support on any legislation. They have the numbers. They have the votes. They can introduce, debate, and ultimately pass any bill they choose to force on the American people. The Republicans, with just 40 votes are unable to stop any of it, not by themselves anyway.

It’s time for Harry Reid to stop whining about Republican obstructionism and face the truth. The truth is, Harry Reid does not want to pass “partisan” legislation, especially where health care and anything else important to the American people are concerned, because he doesn’t want Democrats to take the sole blame for how completely ridiculous and dangerous it really is.