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FEMA's Missing, But Not Why You May Think

Americans are asking, “Where’s FEMA?  Why aren’t they involved with the Gulf Oil Spill”.  The answer is as sad as it is strange.

Oddly enough, there’s been no formal request from any of the Gulf State Governors to declare the BP Oil Spill a “Federal Disaster Area”.  Instead, there have been numerous requests for aid that would normally follow the formal declaration of a disaster, but without the official declaration.  Governor Jindal (R-LA) asked the Small Business Association to, “..declare an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration that entitles local business owners to apply for federally subsidized loans” and asked the Department of Defense to “..approve funding for at least 90 days of military duty in Title 32 USC 502(f) status for up to 6,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving on active duty ..”.
Even though there’s been no disaster declaration, FEMA is offering aid by guiding victims through the claims process on the DisasterAssistance.Gov website.  But, make no mistake, claims go to BP not through the Federal government.
“The Administration will continue to hold BP responsible for all removal costs and damages associated with the BP oil spill, including efforts to stop the leak at its source, reduce the spread of oil and protect the shoreline and mitigate damages, to the maximum extent possible under the law.
Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and other applicable laws, BP is accountable for processing and paying all removal costs and applicable damages incurred by individuals, business, and state and local governments as a result of the BP oil spill. Individuals may file a claim online or over the phone with BP, and may then be asked to visit a claims office location to provide documentation.
So now instead of where is FEMA, the question is, why isn’t this disaster a “Declared Federal Disaster”?  According to the Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, Michael Greenberger Federal law “gives the president enough leeway .. If this threatens substantial harm to the health and safety and economy of the state, I think he could use the Stafford Act,” Greenberger said, in reference to the main disaster response law.
Well now we have one expert opinion stating that the Oil Spill could qualify as a declared disaster, but none of the Gulf State Governors have made the request as yet.
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Obama Can't Talk to BP CEO Because He's Afraid of BP's Board?

So, the administration has it’s loafers on the neck of BP – which part of BP?  It might be those former employers of BP that rely on the company for their pensions.  It could be those that have BP in their 401k retirement accounts.  It’s certainly not the CEO, Obama hasn’t even called him yet.

Finally, after weeks of wondering why the CEO  wasn’t hearing from our golfer-in-chief, pontificator Gibbs provides us with the answer – It’s the board stupid.  This ranks right up there with Gibbs having told us that Rush trying to buy a stake in the St. Louis Rams was, “slavery.. only fatter”.

Gibbs informed the press and public that Obama hasn’t dialed-up Tony Hayward because, “Anything the CEO wants to do .. has to be approved by the board”.

Ah, so.. Obama held a session with the Board members then… not exactly – wait, not at all.

This has to be the worst excuse ever.  Of course it was approved by Obama, wonder what that intellectually stunning exchange sounded like:

Gibby: “Barry, I have to tell ’em something.. I could tell them that you were working with Republicans and Democrats so that we could conduct the call in a bi-partisan manner?”

Barry: “I think everyone’s figuring out the whole partisan thing – try again”

Gibby: “You texted him, just not sure if he got it?”

Barry: “Good, but no, that doesn’t blame anyone else for my lack of action”

Gibby: “I see, how about blaming BP’s board?”

Barry: “Now THAT’s the way to kick the ass down the road”

Gibby:” kick the can down the road sir?”

Barry: “Uh, I’m a very busy man”

The CEO does not run to the board to get every act approved and if Obama thought the Board was who needed to approve his miraculous, but still announced super-fix-it plan.. couldn’t he talk it over with the CEO and let Mr. Hayward worry about the corporate governance issues?

Obama doesn’t understand because he has no clue how business, corporations, or much of anything else in the real world works.  He’s a slick-talking, over-dressed, arugula-scarfing elitist.

Obama Gives "Talking Tough" His Best Shot

Liberals have been goading Obama into a fight.   They have been begging the President to get mad at the oil situation and let BP have it.  I thought he already had his loafer on their neck or something.. Anyway, it looks like liberals did it.. We’ve seen the most powerful man in the world angry … and just like the hulk, we really didn’t want to see him when he got angry.  While discussing his trip to the Gulf Obama told us how he shows his war face.

I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.

Wow.  Those people with “the best answers” better watch out.  If they aren’t careful, he might just have a drink at a beer summit and tell those folks at BP that their actions were “misguided” or that they “acted stupidly”.

As it has become obvious that Obama neither knows who’s ass to kick or how to accomplish it, twitter has come alive with all sorts of suggestions.  #AssesBarryKicked is alive and kicking this evening.

Incompetent or Uncaring: President Absent From Leadership Position

I normally do my best to keep me out of my stories, but this one has me so discombobulated that I chose a first-person perspective.  Why not?  I’m pissed-off!

While watching the news, it’s obvious that the few and short appearances that Obama is making in Louisiana in response to the oil spill are contrived, symbolic and entirely disrespectful of the office and the situation.  I am not sure whether it is because he is clueless, stressed-out, or incompetent.

Obama Admiring ... himselfMany position government Centrists as elitist, self-important ideologues, but to have the leader of the free world prove their point is beyond embarrassing.  While five-hour golf outings are frequent for President Obama, an overly-choreographed three hour visit to the Louisiana coast is all he could manage before jetting off to his Memorial Day weekend vacation.  How many of us could foresee our three-day weekend being cancelled by a crisis at work?  How many get to play 5 hour rounds of golf while things are turning upside-down at the office?  How many of us would still have a job if we acted that way?

Even the media representatives that have protected the administration’s image are starting to turn on him.  James Carville, a noted Democratic commentator and strategist said the Obama administration’s, “political stupidity is unbelievable ..  have no idea why they didn’t seize this thing. I have no idea why their attitude was so hands-off here”.

While the President and his admiring media (mainstream and new) defend his actions by stating simpleton crap like, “Obama can’t just go plug the hole himself”, as if anyone expected that he would (other than his daughter).  Comparing his actions to Bush is as unintelligent and populist as it gets.  While many of us say he should have been on the ground in Louisiana, popping a tent (or command center as the case may be) and working the situation as a leader, others are protecting his actions.

Numerous sound bites in the media talk about how Obama was gathering his team on “day one”.  A team of whom?  The leader of MMS who he put in-place and just recently forced out of office?  His know-nothing EPA lead? The rest of his over-educated and inexperienced leadership team?   No wonder this thing was a mess for over a month.  Obama has a “team” of progressive nation-“transformers” that have no idea how to actually govern, regulate or lead.  I imagine that “day one” meeting was that whole bunch of elitist, blathering morons staring at each other, shrugging their shoulders and then heading off to the opera.

I won’t defend past handling of disasters by the federal government, that’s not the point.  So hold the firestorm of saying that Bush couldn’t do it either.  I agree.. whole-heartedly.  The government can’t do this, not in any wayObama getting on to Air Force One shape or form, but it must show much better leadership.   Our leaders have to be there, on the ground, making decisions, communicating.  Two cameo appearances in the disaster area over the course of over a month isn’t getting it done.

Taking a long weekend with the family and getting a jersey from the Duke basketball team while the mess continues are elitist statements of the highest order.  It’s like Obama’s telling the fisherman and tourism industry of Louisiana that he realizes that they are in trouble, but he’s got other things to do.  Even if just for moral support, the President should have been much closer to this, he should be closer to this – but he won’t be.  It’s beneath him.

BP Spill Proves Conservatives Had Correct View on Regulation

I spend a fair amount of time reading liberal blogs and news sites to understand how others think.  I didn’t take the President’s advice, I have been doing this for years.  In fact, I even turned my wife on to the idea of reading two newspapers daily, one from each side of the spectrum more than 15 years ago (WSJ and a then local paper that was beyond left-leaning).

Reading the left-leaning stuff could certainly get someone upset, but realize that they are just .. different.

While reading  the Huffington Post today, I found an oldie but goody from the left that states that Conservatives continue to prove that more regulation is better.  In Robert Reich’s commentary (different than a factual article), he asserts that Conservatives have now made the case for increased regulation.

Since Ronald Reagan first opined that government was the problem rather than the solution, right-wing Republicans have blasted all forms of regulation. Now we see the consequences of years of regulatory neglect.

Mr. Reich, this latest disaster doesn’t prove why regulation is good, it proves why it doesn’t always work.  Regulations were in place to require that blowout preventer at the “hole in the bottom of the sea”.  An entire regulatory body, overseen by Congress was in place to make sure they followed the rules.  A permit process was in-place to make sure that BP didn’t drill in a manner they should not.  Missing regulation was not the issue – it was just as ineffective as usual, just as costly as usual,  just as politically-motivated as usual.

What leftists fail to realize is that Conservatives do not think that an absence of regulation is good.  We just want to make sure that regulation is effective and that it is exercised upon those things on which the government has authority.

Then Senator Obama was the greatest recipient of PAC funds from BP.  The MMS (government office responsible for regulating these kinds of things) had a head appointed by him.  Yeah, more of this style of regulation is good for our country.

Obama is off enjoying a Memorial Day weekend vacation while thousands of folks do there best to deal with the mess that was caused by one of his most gracious contributors.  Sure, he can’t plug the hole, but neither could anyone in the government have foreseen or prevented it.  Regulation cannot prevent any and all disasters.  The government cannot fix everything.  To President Reagan’s point, the government is not always the answer.