A bitch just read this news bit about Congress investigating BP and…well, it got my ass thinking about how folks are talking about government as relates to BP.
Hearing the left discuss how the federal government needs to get all up in BPs bitness (some are even demanding a government take-over) isn’t surprising.
But hearing the right demand more government involvement in all things BP is fascinating.
Americans are nothing if not reactive. Time after time, we the people have to be confronted with some sort of drama to address the source of that drama…and time after time, we the people conveniently forget from whence the drama came once news of the mess is no longer blasting from our various communication devices.
What I find interesting is that the political party that tied patriotism to drilling just a couple of years ago…the same party that said government needed to get out of the way of bitness so that companies can tap into off shore oil…yeah, that political party is kind of getting a pass on this BP fubar.
Catch the knee!
I’m not saying that the Obama administration isn’t responsible for the festival of fubar in the Gulf – they are.
But they aren’t alone in that shit.
More importantly, the Obama administration can’t be alone in that shit…’cause if they are, we the people will face the ramifications of a revolving door of off shore oil drilling reforms followed by deregulation followed by disaster followed by regulation followed by you get the idea.
We had a policy that didn’t encourage, support or allow for more off shore drilling.
The GOP went after that policy like a dawg on a bone during the 2008 presidential election…and continued to lobby hard for more off shore drilling after the election.
Lobbying for more off shore drilling resulted in President Obama changing policy to allow for some drilling…methinks he used it as a carrot to get something else done, but that’s neither here nor there.
President Obama announced a compromise that would allow for some off shore drilling in late March of this year.
11 people lost their lives after a blowout on the Deepwater Horizon rig April 20, 2010…and the oil’s been gushing since.
Then that tendency to react to drama rather than proactively anticipate drama kicked in…and the same people who were bitching about government regulations standing in the way of off shore drilling are now indicting the government for not fixing the fubar that results from lax regulation of off shore drilling.
The most frustrating part is that many have been predicting this kind of drama for years, so proactive policy was possible.
It just wasn't popular.
I guess regulate baby regulate doesn't turn the masses on the way drill baby drill
The optimist in me hopes that members of Congress will take notes and propose some policy changes after they get their BP hearings on.
But the realist in me knows that the blame game rarely produces sound policy.
This has all happened before…
…and, without serious changes, this will all happen again.