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Louisiana Falling, Rising, Falling (What would've happened had they acted without waiting for Feds?)
American Thinker ^ | 05/29/2010 | Chuck Roger

Posted on 05/29/2010 8:58:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

In 2006, my wife and I traveled to New Orleans and visited the site of an unassuming two-story house on Navarre Avenue. A gaping top-to-bottom crack stared at me from one wall. A horizontal water line on the bricks four feet above my head marked a chapter of New Orleans history written in 2005 by a stormy lady named Katrina, with coauthors named government corruption and incompetence. I stroked the rough old bricks, surveyed the overgrown yard, and said goodbye.

My childhood home is gone now. Today, with oil soaking the lakes, bayous, and marshes of my old stomping grounds, childhood memories have returned. "Sportsman's Paradise," one of Louisiana's nicknames, describes a big part of how I feel about the place. Red fish, speckled trout, croaker, red snapper, pompano, and flounder filled ice chests on the trips that I shared with my father and brother into the marshes or to the offshore oil rigs.

One rig at which we didn't fish was British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon. The structure didn't even exist on a drafting table in the 1960s and 1970s. Anyway, the location once occupied by DH lies so far offshore that the Gulf of Mexico there is a mile deep. Only residents of the funny farm north of Lake Pontchartrain would have been, uh, courageous enough to fish in such a spot.

Nowadays, there's another reason not to go to Deepwater Horizon. The oil platform exploded, killed eleven men, and began spewing enough oil to create what may grow into America's worst environmental disaster. Childhood memories may be the only pristine record I'll ever have of my sportsman's paradise.

Louisianians will never know for sure, but the paradise may have been defensible had people who wanted to act swiftly been allowed to act swiftly. Unfortunately, government corruption and incompetence run far deeper today than in the Katrina days, when "public servants" brushed aside needed flood prevention improvements in New Orleans and then failed to act responsibly to help the city recover from the deluge.

Irresponsibility on steroids permeates the Obama administration. I've seen Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal express frustration "with the disjointed effort to date that has too often meant too little, too late" to prevent Deepwater Horizon oil from coming ashore. I am witnessing President Obama treat my home state far more shoddily than President Bush treated Louisiana after Katrina. The dishonest, leftist ideologue, AWOL media looked the other way as Obama administration officials blocked state authorities' efforts to stop the approaching crude. Now oil slathers Louisiana's coastal wetlands. The best that I've seen Obama muster for the people of the Sportsman's Paradise is an edict to "plug the damn hole" and the appointment of a commission to study the disaster. And now Obama has suspended activity on thirty-three exploratory Gulf of Mexico drill sites and canceled or suspended leases and drilling off the Virginia coast and in the Arctic. Thousands of soon-to-be idle oil industry people will await more study.

Study and study -- an established pattern. I see Obamacrats study how to extend America's lucky streak in escaping all but one of the Islamic terror attacks on America under the studious Obama. I see massive debt made more lethal almost weekly by concoctions disgorged from the studious minds of studious Democrats who promise to keep studying methods of debt reduction. As oil chokes Louisiana's marshes, I see our president tilt chin on high, smile the academic smile, and beckon more study.

I see Louisiana falling down again after so admirably rising from Katrina.

The fish, shrimp, crabs, oysters -- and the Louisianians who earn livings from harvesting nature's bounty -- must face the reality that Barack Obama embraces the progressive creed: "Study, study, study. Execute? Unthinkable, for study time would be reduced."

As oil spewed and studying proceeded, my fellow native Louisianians and I witnessed in horror the news that regulations were waived to allow British Petroleum to operate Deepwater Horizon. Mr. Obama's reaction? The president insults my intelligence and the intelligence of Louisianians and all Americans by pushing more regulation.

Regulation was increased under George W. Bush, and yet Deepwater Horizon exploded. But reality drifts unimpeded through the craniums of big-government advocates, who believe that if regulators shake fingers sufficiently hard at oil people, then the evil ones will cower under fear of -- well, of something, and begin behaving as wagging fingers demand. The tactic ignores human corruptibility. While DH was ticking down to disaster, federal Minerals Management Service employees involved in oil industry regulation were partying on the industry's tab. Companies like British Petroleum were playing footloose.

With the backdrop of reality, the progressive Mr. Obama's "more regulation" approach constitutes an arrogant exercise in cognitive dissonance.

Progressive Theorem: When faced with a problem, study.

The Obama Corollary: When causes are discovered, ignore.

As ideologues are accustomed to doing, President Obama deals with reality by studying, discovering, ignoring, and then acting in a predetermined manner that no amount of study or discovery could have influenced in the first place.

Now that oil exploration has been handcuffed and British Petroleum's "Top Kill" operation may have plugged the Deepwater Horizon oil leak, Obama will be portrayed by gushing media puppets as cerebral, deliberate, and "thoughtful" for having done nothing to help Louisiana. The president will be praised as enlightened for acting wisely in the end by slamming the oil industry and playing basketball and golf while sea life -- and the livelihoods of people who harvest sea life -- died.

Louisianians are disgusted.

A writer, physicist, and former high tech executive, Chuck Rogér invites you to visit his website, www.chuckroger.com. E-mail Chuck at swampcactus@chuckroger.com.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bobbyjindal; federalgovernment; louisiana; oilspill

1 posted on 05/29/2010 8:58:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks for the post.


3 posted on 05/29/2010 9:05:44 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: IrishCatholic
New Orleans Today ...





4 posted on 05/29/2010 9:11:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Childhood memories may be the only pristine record I'll ever have of my sportsman's paradise.

There is an awful lot of hand wringing in this article. Louisiana is known as the sportsmen's paradise for a lot more than its coastal marshes and waters. The oil will never touch 99.9% of the state. I wonder what percentage of Louisiana's GDP comes from offshore drilling too. Now that 0biWon has shut that down there will be even more reason for disgust. And poverty.

5 posted on 05/29/2010 9:11:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (0basma's father was a British subject. He can't be a "natural-born" citizen.)
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To: LouAvul

Those putrid folks are usually tourists from other parts who are possibly your neighbors. Just sayin’


6 posted on 05/29/2010 9:31:20 PM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: CajunConservative

Yeah, cause the french quarter is known for fine moral, upstanding and well behaved people. Especially during mardi gras, right? /s


7 posted on 05/29/2010 9:44:59 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul

You miss the point. People who VISIT the French Quarter are tourists. They don’t live there. Those folks then go back home after a vacation of losing their inhibitions. The locals don’t spend much time in the quarter, unless they work there.


8 posted on 05/29/2010 9:52:50 PM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: CajunConservative

I question the sanity of people who live 10’ below sea level.


9 posted on 05/29/2010 10:11:11 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (FR - my online family. From Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
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To: CajunConservative

No, you miss the point. When the trash from new orleans was relocated after katrina, the crime rate in whatever city they were relocated, went through the freaking roof. That’s the population of new orleans.


10 posted on 05/29/2010 10:21:30 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: CajunConservative

Like I said, I could care less what happens to that sewer.


11 posted on 05/29/2010 10:22:20 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: LouAvul
No, you miss the point. When the trash from new orleans was relocated after katrina, the crime rate in whatever city they were relocated, went through the freaking roof. That’s the population of new orleans.

You'll get no argument from me about that statement.

12 posted on 05/29/2010 10:30:30 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: LouAvul

That is not the same thing that you were talking about as far as the people doing their thing in the quarter. If you meant the Katrina trash you should have made that more clear in your post.


13 posted on 05/30/2010 6:40:00 AM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: LouAvul

You still don’t get who is being hurt the most in this oil spill. It’s not the folks you saw whining on tv during Katrina. It’s hardworking, fiercely independent Cajuns who are our fellow conservatives.


14 posted on 05/30/2010 6:45:31 AM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: bicyclerepair

Most of the people affected by this oil spill don’t live 10 feet below sea level. Most of the areas of New Orleans that has recovered isn’t 10 feet below sea level either.


15 posted on 05/30/2010 6:50:16 AM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: CajunConservative

Here’s my question -— what were the factors that prevented Bobby Jindal and the state of Louisiana from taking matters into their own hands (e.g. building sand dunes to prevent the slick from moving further to the coast )?

Why can’t Louisiana go ahead? Why wait for Washington ?


16 posted on 05/30/2010 7:52:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Just a guess: Eco ‘impact assessment’ from EPA.


17 posted on 05/30/2010 8:12:51 AM PDT by anglian
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To: SeekAndFind; CajunConservative
"Why can't Louisiana go ahead?"

They can.

In the GOM Energy Security Act of 2006, LA, TX, MS, and AL were given a share of federal royalties from the OCS expressly for the purpose of coastal protection and restoration, and hurricane protection.

The first lease sale occurred in 2007 so those wells have been drilled and have been producing. Louisiana has their first payment coming for this very soon, tho they have asked for earlier disbursement.

Plus, those 4 states, since the spill, have been agitating and saying that they should get an even bigger cut of the federal royalties, because of the spill.

Likewise, FL is now saying that they also have risks and they should get their share of the federal royalties.

18 posted on 05/30/2010 8:22:55 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: SeekAndFind

The Oil Pollution Act is the reason for this. It’s been a federal issue all along.


19 posted on 05/30/2010 8:28:52 AM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: anglian

That is one reason and the other I read was that they have to make sure that this won’t funnel the oil into Mississippi or other states. Of course that made it okay to ruin the wetlands to save the beaches but I do see that the actions of one state can’t make matters worse for another state. Which also highlights why this is a federal issue.

All I know is that it would be nice if the zer0 was a competent leader for once and had the best interest of his constituents in mind instead of furthering his marxist agenda.


20 posted on 05/30/2010 8:34:01 AM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

That time has come.

Rise America.


21 posted on 05/30/2010 8:34:54 AM PDT by Danae (Don't like the Constitution, try living in a country with out one.)
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To: Ben Ficklin
They can.

If this is so, Gov. Bobby Jindal should have acted without having to worry about having to get Federal approval. Act while you're waiting for the Washington bureaucrats to get off their butts.

Did he ?
22 posted on 05/30/2010 9:10:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Ben Ficklin

I’ve read that one reason for the delay was to ensure that the building wouldn’t funnel the oil into Mississippi. I could see that being a valid reason to delay, as this isn’t exactly the same thing as the coastal restoration issue.


23 posted on 05/30/2010 9:32:03 AM PDT by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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