Skip to comments.Louisiana's Jindal: Where's Obama?
Posted on 05/25/2010 4:42:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
Emergencies: As frustration with the federal response grows, Louisiana's governor lashes out at the feds for doing little except blame BP for the Gulf oil spill. Meanwhile, Congress sees a chance to raise your gas taxes.
While the Obama administration continues on its quest to fundamentally transform America, the largely unabated Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to fundamentally transform the ecosystems and economy of Louisiana and the Gulf region.
The federal government's response so far has consisted largely of scapegoating BP and ignoring its own responsibilities and lack of preparation, railing against Big Oil, while Congress makes plans to quadruple the federal gasoline tax, ostensibly to finance cleanups.
Never let a good crisis go to waste when there's a chance to make big government bigger.
"We've been frustrated with the disjointed effort to date that has too often meant too little, too late for the oil hitting our coast," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said on Day 36 of the spill.
As of Tuesday morning, he was still waiting for the federal government to provide millions of feet in booms and to approve an emergency permit for a state plan to dredge and build new barrier islands to keep the oil from reaching the marshes and wetlands.
Jindal, who is so desperate for the islands that he says he'll build them himself even if it means going to jail, states: "We need more booms, more skimmers, more vacuums, more jack-up barges that are still in short supply. Let's be clear: Every day that this oil sits is one more day that more of our marsh dies."
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He’s waiting for the camera crews to show up.
Obama-Speak was hoping this would end the debate on offshore drilling. Instead it proved the point of his total incompetence.
It will be nothing but a big photo op for the arrogant p o s when he visits the area this Friday
Campaign ad footage.
Obama and his administration is incompetent and bumbling.
This crisis and disaster shows that in spades.
They are handling this disaster worse than even Bush handled Katrina.
This shows that the federal government under Obama is completely incompetent, out of control and ineffectual.
And that sentiment is not confined to only domestic issues but foreign affairs as well.
The entire Obama administration is much more of a disaster than even Jimmy Carter’s and that my friends says a lot right there.
Bobby needs to go ahead and do what he needs to do. Besides, it’s always easier to apologize than to ask permission.
Why should Obama do anything? It’s all Bush’s fault anyway. I mean, what could he do??
Preparing for his monthly vacation. Apparently destroying the American economy is very tiring. ;-)
In fact, conservatives have been coming out and stepping forward to criticize Obummer and his admin about this affair.
It is a misnomer that conservatives do not care about the environment. They do. Very much.
They just want a coomon sense approach to environmentalism that does not destroy the business climate and the national economy to do it. Conservatives prefer a much more balanced approach. Environmentalists should get that through their thick skulls.
I think the US (if not much of the world) has developed this big blind spot. In over a decade we’ve had one preventable disaster after another, and I think in every case it’s an excellent example of the federal government being asleep at the switch, and it’s certainly not because of the lack of new legislation or a large enough bureaucracy. It’s a lack of transparency and oversight from the presidency, the congressional leadership (including the minority), the courts, and the washington establishment on down to the voters at the bottom of these pyramids. I suppose a time could be coming when everyone is going to get a little more curious and when that happens, they’re not going to like what they see. I can hope, anyway.
Obama is going to Chi-town for Memorial day (first time mack “home” in a year)to avoid depressing his base and Arlington Nat’l cemetery doin’s. Here is Jindal’s reply:
Well Bobby, maybe you better grow a set, build the sand dunes and damn the torpedos. That or you could bit&h and whine.
This is a federal issue per the Oil Pollution Act. This is zer0’s legal responsibility to act.
In contrast to Katrina where the local and state governments self destructed as a result of their own stupidity and mismanagement, Louisiana today really needs decisive, tangible, and timely Federal government support that is not there.
Federal support via the US Coast Guard was there for Katrina even during the storm, to save thousands of lives. Other Federal support arrived in due time to help and continues to help. But the blame Bush crowd is milking the non lack of Federal response as though no one, and zero dollars showed up. They are living in the past.
Today we have a clear and immediate genuine need for Federal support that is not there. Instead we have style over substance from this administration. IMO the style is not that great given the obvious incompetence of the "leaders" in charge.
Jindal should defy the feds if necessary in order to save his state. Jindal should take action now, damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead. Let the feds hem and haw all they want as they are showing just what a federal bureaucracy does and does best - NOTHING!
>>Jindal, who is so desperate for the islands that he says he’ll build them himself even if it means going to jail<<
This is just like the deal with the water in CA.
If any of these governors would stand up like Jan Brewer has done in AZ and just do what they need, the feds would back down in the end. Realizing the states hold more power.
“Hes waiting for the camera crews to show up.”
My prediction. The administration is carefully monitoring the situation. As soon as they believe BP is close to capping the well, they will announce a Federal government takeover of the effort. Within hours or a few days the well will be capped. Team Obama will take full credit for saving us from disaster as well as use the even to trash the free enterprise system and offshore oil exploration. A PR tidal wave then results in passage of cap & tax.
Great post, but your last paragraph says it all
Jindal is showing LEADERSHIP; Obama is not.
If only Jindal were POTUS.
I know that Mr. Jindal cannot turn down the opportunity to score a few points against Obama, but really it would be better for everyone if the buffoon stays on the golf course.
How can the arrogant p o s show leadership when he is not a leader?
Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
He leadeth me beside the empty factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his party’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread line,
I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with me.
He has anointed my income with taxes,
My expenses runneth over.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will lose my home and live on the streets forever.
I am glad I am American,
I am glad that I am free.
But I wish I were a dog .....
And Obama was a tree.
Exactly. Jindal needs to a pair and take care of his state’s business. Holding press conferences to complain about permits is not getting the job done.
What are the Feds going to do, throw Jindal in jail? If he had the stones, he would be a hero to the people of Louisiana, and to more across the country. I imagine Haley Barbour would step up if it was his state.
It's time for actual men, not males to say “Look, you are not doing the job, so I am going to do it for you, I will not wait and let the people of my state suffer because the Federal government can't get it stuff straight”.
I mean you have to actually ask yourself now, when will the alleged “men” stand up when women like Brewer and Palin and Bachman are planting the flag in a field of fire.
Yes, siree! You are right!
No, I think things have gone too far for Obama to pull a rabbit out of his hat. Too much time has gone by and his incompetence is showing.
The Spill Baby Spill party leader is on vacation...again.
Wasn’t that long ago we all were begging he stay the “H” off the Prime Time television, out of our faces, and now it’s “Where’s Obama?”
The guy is a flake.