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Oil spill threatens Obama's effort to restore trust in government

As many commentators have noted, the Gulf oil spill may pose a serious threat to one of the most important aspects of Obama's presidency: his effort to restore public confidence in government as competent, as a trustworthy agent of genuine and lasting reform.

A Washington Post poll released today sheds new light on this, with several questions gauging attitudes towards the federal government. Short version: People want an aggressive federal response to the spill, and they don't think they're getting it.

The poll finds that more people support the Democratic vision of government than the Republican one. Asked which party has "better ideas about the right size and role of the federal government," 45 percent of respondents picked the Democratic Party, versus 40 percent who picked the GOP.

But the actual performance of the federal government gets dismal ratings. Only 28 percent of respondents approve of the government's handling of the spill, versus 69 percent who disapprove. And it gets worse: Only 27 percent trust the government to make the right decisions about the spill, barely more than the 20 percent who trust BP to do the same!

So what does the public want? For the federal government to bring its boot down on BP's neck. An astonishing 64 percent say it should bring criminal charges against the company, and 51 percent strongly favor this.

There's good and bad news here for Obama. The bad news: People are not convinced that the government is doing all it can to deal with the Gulf crisis, whether through a White House failure to communicate or because the White House response has in fact been lacking.

The good news, though, is that people continue to want a very aggressive Federal response. In other words, if there's only so much the government can do to control the spill itself, the public continues to want decisive action.

And, fortunately, there still remains decisive action Obama can take: aggressively tackle the larger underlying problem by getting serious about taking on entrenched interests and rallying for real and lasting energy reform. That would do far more to dispel the "Obama's Katrina" meme than cursing on TV will. It's not too late.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 8, 2010; 11:09 AM ET
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Comments

Greg:

Agree that the opportunity is there for Obama. The question, looming larger all the time, is whether Obama has the guts to do it.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

DEMAND INDEPENDENT OBSERVATION OF WELL HEAD NOW.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that Obama is all talk and no action. He claims he's in charge, he huffs and puffs at BP, but he isn't actually doing anything. I'm not sure there's anything he can do about he leak itslef, but he has immense resources at his fingertips to protect the marshlands and he is not using them. Instead he does this idiotic acting like I'm angry thing about finding someone's ass to kick. He continues to give the impression that he is all show and no action, that he cares about the press but not about the Gulf coast.
This is a genuine crisis and he's acting like a law professor. I am so depressed, and getting angry.

Posted by: androcles | June 8, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

The BOOT of BP is on US GOVT.

They:

Obfuscate flow rates;

Disallow any indenpendent assessment of the catastrophy;

Took 7 weeks to implement first false fix (the top kill;

Are covering up ruptures in the sea floor...

the list goes on.

WHEN WILL BARRY PUT HIS WINGTIPS ON BP?

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"The good news, though, is that people continue to want a very aggressive Federal response."

Who DOESN'T want an aggressive Fed response? Isn't this a national issue that crosses state lines?

"Aggressively tackle the larger underlying problem by taking on entrenched interests and getting serious about rallying for real and lasting energy reform."

I'm sorry to say, Greg - that is so cliche as to be unreadable.

Perhaps folks are disappointed in the government response because folks like you seem more interested in legislative triumphs than in cleaning up the oil? First things first...

Posted by: sbj3 | June 8, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

This post gets to the heart of it. People are fed up with corporate fat cats walking all over the rest of us and laughing all the way to the bank. Obama didn't see this with the banks, because Larry Summers and Tim Geithner told him that the bankers were really ok. He didn't see this with Big Oil before the spill because he trusts business and vastly overestimates how much they care abut the national interest (or indeed anyone else's interests). He then over-trusted BP during the spill when they were lying to him about the spill's size and thumbing their nose at gov't regulators like the EPA.

It is now a question of whether the big corporations are too big to regulate or whether the gov't can bring them under some sort of reasonable control. "Free" (meaning unregulated) market capitalism is a disaster, and the sooner we get back to regulating in the public interest the better. This is what people want from Obama--a firm commmitment that he is on our side and not the corporate interests' side.

Posted by: Mimikatz | June 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

sbj -- he has yet to really push the Senate to act on energy reform. I believe we've seen one speech, maybe two, in which he did that. That would constitute rallying for real reform, as would pushing Congress to get the liability cap lifted already. Not seeing a lot of action on that front.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

It is all too late now. The spill has flown into the gulf waters for so long, that it will destroy the marine life food chain. It is going to collapse. There will be no fish, or shrimp to harvest, from those coastal waters, for, at least, the remainder of this century.

All was lost for less than a day's consumption of oil.

We are a despicable species, who are ruining this planet. I think it is fortunate that we have not developed the technology, to spread our wanton destruction to other habitable planets, around some distant stars.


"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Greg:

"An astonishing 64% say it should bring criminal charges against the company, and 51% strongly favor this."

What charges do they want? Or do they just want any charges regardless of whether actual criminality took place?

Posted by: ScottC3 | June 8, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The oil spill is a good look at government in action. The public agree's it sucks. Cap and trade will make them even less impressed!

Posted by: obrier2 | June 8, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Criminal litigation can come when the gusher is at least partly controlled.

Show "force" or "anger" with action not stupid words like "Gulf will bounce back" or stupid false histrionics like "clenched jaws".

Show force via independent investigation. DO NOT TRUST BP. Until Barry stops handing off control of info to BP, he is their wingtip spokesman.

Progressives stand up against corporate abuse of US NOW!

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Barry was briefed on the full extent of the catastrophe yet kept allowing BP to pull wool over your eyes with their false fixes.

Either:

Barry is in their pocket; or

Barry thinks we can't handle the truth.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

What happens when a Dem president makes a die-hard progressive/liberal start thinking that gov't in fact can't do squat?

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

Death is brief. The ensuing anarchy is hell.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The Government did not cause the massive spill that is destroying the
Gulf Coast. It was The Private Sector that did that.

It was that same private sector that bribed, and seduced the weak regulatory body, that was supposed to be keeping an eye on those Private Sector Plunderers, Pillagers, and Spoilers of the planet.

The Private Sector has bought and controlled the regulatory agencies. Has bought and controlled the politicians who then weakened the government regulations, so that The Private Sector could do what ever the hell it wished to.


Big Business is the enemy of Good Government, which makes Big Business the enemy of we the people.

Lack of strong government, is not a failure of government. It is the success of Big Business in their efforts to eliminate strong government oversight.

Until all Corporate Lobbying is outlawed, government will always be undermined and corrupted by Big Business.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The Government is the entity that let itself rot.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@Greg: "sbj -- he has yet to really push the Senate to act on energy reform."

I think one problem here is that part of Obama's original energy reform plan included expanded drilling.

"I believe we've seen one speech, maybe two, in which he did that."

Another speech would make Obama seem even more impotent. Passing energy reform tomorrow will not clean this up. Lifting the liability cap doesn't clean the oil up. Energy reform will include dependency on oil for years to come - necessitating drilling. The time for speeches is not now. Bush did something pretty smart regarding Katrina optics - he put a charismatic character in charge of things.

Posted by: sbj3 | June 8, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This spill might highlight inefficiencies in the U.S. Govn't bureaucracy but what it definitely highlights is private industries ability to be so very wrong about a lot of things from the initial blow out failure to how much flow was coming out to how much damage to the coasts to the clean-up efforts that were initially led by BP. I hear dozens of reports of clean up crews sitting idle, waiting on BP to call them up.

Private industry was a big failure here.

I'd like to hear George Will admit to that.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 8, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The lack of independent investigation into the sea floor and the well head is not a failure of PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. It is a LUXURY of private enterprise that US GOVT is still allowing. Allowing BP to control all information is not a failure of private enterprise. It is a failure of GOVT.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

OT:

So the Deputy White House Council under GWB... tries to kill his wife by beating her to death? Conservatives have just lost their f-ing minds.

"Farren has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges. Police say he beat Mary Farren in their New Canaan home in January after she filed for divorce.

He was deputy White House counsel for President George W. Bush and undersecretary for international trade under President George H.W. Bush."

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2010/06/bush_lawyer_posts_bail_on_attempted_murder_count.php

Scum.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Thad Allen. He is in the Coast Guard, but for the first five weeks, he was acting like he worked for BP. For a while, I was under the impression that he actually had super glued his lips to the BP CEO's Arse.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

With Halliburton's record of fraud and shortcuts, I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up pointing back to them in the investigation.

Posted by: Beeliever | June 8, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Wonder why people have lost faith in government?

EXHIBIT 17 (Gulf Oil Disaster Edition):

"The Obama administration is expected today to release new safety regulations to allow for offshore oil and gas exploration to resume in shallow waters, even as tens of thousands of barrels of oil continue to gush into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon spill."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20007069-503544.html

Let's see. That means shallow drilling will resume in the Gulf. And we already know that deepwater operations continue at 29 wells in the Gulf. Shakespeare wrote: "Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them." Others simply refuse to be great. I'm beginning to think President is one them. Unfortunately for us all.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

100,000 MF-ing BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/07/95467/bp-well-may-be-spewing.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 8, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

So, I see Drudge dropped the race baiting and changed its head line.

That must have been after Morning Joe discussed the race baiting going on and how Obama has to avoid the angry black street thug stereo type the right would love to paint him with.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Who stands to lose if the Govt conducts an independent investigation with their own ROVs on the seafloor?

Whoever it is, that's who Barry is protecting.

BOOTS, my ass.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Shallow water drilling safety...can you say:

Ixtoc

And repeat fix failures: top kill, top hat, sombrero hat, etc.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

GREAT op-ed by Chevy and Jayni Chase

* Our lack of attention is killing the oceans *

These past six weeks, we've been thinking a lot about the ocean.

But there's a deeper story than this one oil spill. Unfortunately the Deepwater Horizon disaster is a pretty typical example of the way we think about the ocean: We just don't worry about stuff that happens out there.

The ocean covers 71 percent of the Earth's surface, and we hardly know anything about it. We humans are creating big problems because of what we don't know.

We take fish from the ocean to eat without really knowing where they came from, or what they eat, or how many of them there are, or if we're maybe taking the last one. We dump whatever we like in the ocean and watch it float away -- to where? Who cares?

The ocean is a massive, unexplored area of our planet, and in the U.S., we spend less on getting to know it than we spend on getting to know outer space.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/06/08/chase.oceans.day/index.html

Read on... it's a good article, worth a read. Send it to your friends/family.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Barry:

Drill baby Drill, even when a second leaking rig is uncovered:

http://www.businessinsider.com/

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

How to continue meeting our energy needs without oil is a difficult problem, and the solution is a widespread and gradual switch to nuclear power in as many areas as current technologies allow, with investments in other renewable energy forms as they pertain to various locations (for example, thermal energy for the ring of fire, solar power in the southwest, hydroelectric power for the Mississippi, and wind farms up and down the East Coast). Such a switch could provide jobs and incentives for science and technology training, both of which would have positive residual effects. We should put such a system in place in as minimally-invasive a way as possible: encourage the free market to take up the mantle, pass the torch from federal to state and local governments…

To correct this problem, we don’t necessarily need more regulation, as liberal birdsong calls for, nor do we necessarily need less regulation, as conservative hacks continue to chant, but we could use some smarter regulation with less of a focus on GDP growth and more of a focus on creating a happy, healthy, society. The word “regulate” originally meant “to keep regular”. The Media’s visceral coverage of the oil spill should show Americans that our times and our policies are anything but regular:

http://www.theinductive.com/blog/2010/6/2/coherence.html

Posted by: ChristopherCarr | June 8, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Gulf shrimp in distress billboard:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/06/03/95277/gulf-shrimp-in-distress-mourn.html

Now combine that somehow with the Obama as Joker image and you've got a (conservative) winner!

via Campaign Spot

Posted by: sbj3 | June 8, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

JFK learned early on not to trust the experts. He learned that from the Bay of Pigs debacle, when he heeded the advice of the experts.

When the Cuban Missile Crisis happened, JFK did not heed the advice of the experts. They were urging him to launch a preemptive attack, that would have killed some Russian troops, and might have ended up with an exchange of nuclear tipped missiles.

President Obama is still talking about consulting "the experts". That is too bad.

He should have called in all the experts on how to stop the damn leak, in the first few days.

Like I said, weeks ago, he should have treated it like a Chernobyl type incident, which it now has become.

The gulf coast marine life will all collapse and die off. That will lead to the death of most of the migratory sea birds, and the death of the sea mammals who depend on the marine life food chain.


The man from County Sligo might very well have been writing about Quitter Palin, Rand Paul, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, etc, when he referred to the worst, and he might very well have been referring to President Obama when he referred to the best.

"Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Why people don't trust government (EXHIBIT 18 (Gulf Oil Edition):

"The government says water tests have confirmed underwater oil plumes as far as 142 miles from the BP oil spill, but that concentrations are "very low." NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenko said that the tests conducted at three sites by a University of South Florida research vessel confirmed oil as far as 3,300 feet below the surface 42 miles northeast of the well site and also oil below-surface oil 142 miles southeast.
Lubchenko said the analysis "indicate there is definitely oil sub surface. It's in very low concentrations" of 0.5 parts per million."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h450SSldjIc2H9IswDj7vc-luPogD9G75NGO0

Let's see. There are vast tracts of subsurface oil contaminating the most fertile fishing grounds in the United States but, according to Our Government, there is no need to worry because the poison is in low concentrations. This BS is sponsored by Big Oil brought to you by NOAA, the same outfit that puts out those phony oil maps every day.

You know, I am really getting sick of this. I fear Ethan is right. We are screwed.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The gov't doesn't deal in bad news wbgonne, just drive along and shop, nothing to see here.

It is ridiculous that Barry is allowing this obfuscation.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Good post, Greg.

He still has the opportunity, but I'm doubtful he will take it.

You are right about how imnportant this is: "one of the most important aspects of Obama's presidency: his effort to restore public confidence in government as competent, as a trustworthy agent of genuine and lasting reform."

He does it verbally, which helps, but people need to see it in action. A stronger federal prescence in the cleanup (with a sense of urgency) and bill presented to BP might help.

Private enterprise screwed up and people blame gov't for not fixing it. We havve a long way to go.

Posted by: TomP4 | June 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Liam: Always appreciate a Yeats quote, even when it's aptly describing the disaster that our country is becoming.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If it is going to take greater catastrophes to shake the lobbyist out of the Gov't, then we might as well usher in the GOP again because they bring disaster on faster and the new order can arise out of our rubble sooner...with this BS progressive spiel from the Dem president, progress is going to take too long.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, SBJ. I'd have a little more sympathy for the Gulf coast residents if they didn't fully embrace the oil industry.

For example:

Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
http://www.shrimp-petrofest.org/

That is a real festival in Louisiana. It has been called that since 1967.

As if you and the conservatives actually give a d*mn about the environment or the shrimps. You can take your "conservative winner" and shove it.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 8, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

All, check out this polling on the White House job offer "scandal":

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/new_poll_finds_that_nobody_car.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 8, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

SBJ is an effete ironist. What a tool.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Liam-stillaslave:
"

It is all too late now. The spill has flown into the gulf waters for so long, that it will destroy the marine life food chain. It is going to collapse. There will be no fish, or shrimp to harvest, from those coastal waters, for, at least, the remainder of this century.

All was lost for less than a day's consumption of oil.

We are a despicable species, who are ruining this planet. I think it is fortunate that we have not developed the technology, to spread our wanton destruction to other habitable planets, around some distant stars.


"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.""

Dude...seriously. You need to back off this thing. You sound like you need to be sedated and put under a suicide watch.

This is not the end of the world. It isn't the end of the GoM, OR its fisheries.

It isn't even the end of Plaquemines Parish.


Posted by: Bilgeman | June 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Better late than never. I wish I had thought of ,this solution, in how to plug the oil spill, sooner.

A modest proposal:

Spread the word, that the Iraq WMD is hidden down at the bottom of the pipeline, and also that Iran has stashed some of it's nuclear development technology down the very same well hole. Then, both the US and Israeli military, will pulverize that drill hole shut, in less than twenty four hours.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Ethan:

"So the Deputy White House Council under GWB... tries to kill his wife by beating her to death? Conservatives have just lost their f-ing minds."

I'd just love to hear explained the tortured and warped thought process that leads from the former to the latter.

Posted by: ScottC3 | June 8, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Slave Papagnello:
"SBJ is an effete ironist. What a tool"

Where's little missmollyslavemoonbat to snivel about ad hominem attacks here?

No matter, manifestly,she is of little consequence.

But slave SBJ is a pretty independent thinker. He seems to have overcome the doctrinaire dogmatism that dictates that because he is "A", then he must therefore also be "B","C", and "D".

This independent streak drives you moonbat herd animals nuts.

I find it refreshing.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 8, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Birther Bilgey,

I hope you are right, but up until now, you never have been.

This spill is not going to wash off, like Bilge Water off a Pelican's back.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"President Obama is still talking about consulting "the experts". That is too bad."

That is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. Who the hell else do you expect to plug the leak? You want him to call roto-rooter? Whether you want to admit it or not, it takes a certain level of knowledge and expertise to deal with this situation. Sheesh - you sound like Sarah Palin whining about the "elites".

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 8, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Ethan,

Tell me, are your posts in this thread good examples of the kind of high-minded and reasoned comments you claim to make?

If so, I would really like your explanation of how the fact that some unknown formed deputy WH counsel allegedly beat his wife shows that conservatives have lost their minds.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Slave Ethan2010:
"Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival
http://www.shrimp-petrofest.org/

That is a real festival in Louisiana. It has been called that since 1967."

So...do you like your crawfish leaded or unleaded?
No matter. A dash o' Tabasco sauce, and it's as tasty as can be.

"As if you and the conservatives actually give a d*mn about the environment or the shrimps. You can take your "conservative winner" and shove it."

I'm sure tha SBJ gives a damn about the environment, as do I, it's just that he likely doesn't make a fetish of it and obsess over it for political purposes.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 8, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, the gulf disaster is terrible, but the people who think it is the end of the world or even the Gulf are very ignorant. There is oil in the oceans. Lots of it. They recover. The shores recover. They will here too.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 8, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"doesn't make a fetish of it and obsess over it for political purposes"

Yes, why would any sensible person "make of fetish" of the planet we all live on? And why would anyone want to use the power of government to protect the planet from the rapacious greed of Big Money?

I thought you got yourself banned, Bilgey, but I'm glad you're still around for comic relief.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"President Obama is still talking about consulting "the experts". That is too bad."

That is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever read. Who the hell else do you expect to plug the leak? You want him to call roto-rooter? Whether you want to admit it or not, it takes a certain level of knowledge and expertise to deal with this situation. Sheesh - you sound like Sarah Palin whining about the "elites".

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 8, 2010 1:04 PM
................

Apparently you are so thick, that you are not aware that the leak is still flowing, and President Obama has done nothing to stop it, regardless of how many experts he has chatted with, in order to learn " which backsides he should kick".

Grow up, you naive silly little twit.

President Carter did not leave it up to the operators of the Three Mile Island Plant, to figure out how to seal it off. He jumped right in, from the start. He did not say: you guys, who caused the problem, figure out how to fix it, while I go chat with some experts, so I can determine which of your backsides I need to kick.


BP caused the massive spill, and this Administration said: OK chaps, you guys appear to know what you are doing. You figure out how to fix it. We will not interfere with you.


It made as much sense as telling an Arsonist, since you are the one who started the Inferno, you are the one who is best qualified to put it out, so carry on, and we will stay out of your way.

For weeks, BP got away with concealing the real size of the daily spill, and were withholding the video footage. This administration let BP play them like a violin.

I don't give a rat's arse, what you find silly, because you were making the same stupid excuses more than a month ago.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

slave-b-gonne:
"Yes, why would any sensible person "make of fetish" of the planet we all live on? "

Because it can be carried too far. To be REALLY eco-friendly would mean to live buck-naked in a cave,(after making the previous resident a bear, homeless), and eating carrion until you die of dysentery at the ripe old age of 16 or so.

Seriously...have you ever been to some of our colonial era cemeteries? Where families are interred?

The infant mortality rate in a more "eco-friendly" phase of civiliztion was horrific.

And it wasn't much better for the womenfolk either. It wasn;t uncommon for a man in his forties to have buried two previous wives, (usually died in childbirth), and a dozen children,(if you made it to age 12, you were usually good until 50, barring any misadventure).

"And why would anyone want to use the power of government to protect the planet from the rapacious greed of Big Money?"

My gast is forever flabbered at your childlike moonbat faith that Big Government is different in any way whatsoever from Big Money.

Two sides of the same coin, ace.

"I thought you got yourself banned, Bilgey, but I'm glad you're still around for comic relief."

No, I just had my butt kicked at work yesterday, hanging like Spiderman from a harness while I changed a nacvigation light above the smokestacks.
We had that engine shut down, but every once in a while the wind would shift athwartship and I'd get a good "bong-hit" from the 3,000 hp diesels on the port side.

Maybe Meme-master Slave Sargent can change the "Report Abuse" linkie to read:

"Howdy Bilgeman!"

so that msslavemollymoonbat can more easily flail away in her attempts at having my copy be placed on my Permanent Record at Moonbat Geheime Polizei Headquarters.

Everyone needs a hobby, and I guess mollymoonbat has me.
She's a "Jihad of One".

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice name calling. I guess the Bilgeman has rubbed off on you.

Did I say anything about "the operators" of the well being consulted? No....and neither did you. You said "EXPERTS". Do you think the only experts in the world work for BP? I sure don't. What leads you to believe that he has not consulted experts outside of BP?

What stupid excuses are you speaking of? And SHOW ME where I said crap about this a month ago.

I understand you're upset about this, but attacking me isn't going to plug the hole. That's going to have to be left up the "the experts" - whether you like it or not.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 8, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Good Golly Ms. Molly:

Birther Bilgey is having a lot of fun at your expensive.

Let the chap rave on. Sticks and stones, and all that sort of thing you know.


Remember the part in Catcher In They Rye, where the lad came to the realization that he could never erase all the F Word graffiti in the world?!

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Bilgey:

Do you find it ironic that the United States Constitution was largely intended to promote family farming? You know, self-sufficent people working the land. There's another word for those folks, I think ... hmmm, what is it? Oh, yeah! Hippies. And I'm quite sure you are smart enough to know that there is a very large range between living in caves and destroying your planet. Not to mention, even a dog knows not to sh*t in his own house.

As for government being captured by Big Money, I entirely agree. THAT is the problem. We must free the government, which in a democracy is US, from ... your favorite word ... being SLAVES to Big Money. The problem is that Big Money likes it just the way it is and they are very very very powerful. And we are just citizens.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse


Nice name calling. I guess the Bilgeman has rubbed off on you.

Did I say anything about "the operators" of the well being consulted? No....and neither did you. You said "EXPERTS". Do you think the only experts in the world work for BP? I sure don't. What leads you to believe that he has not consulted experts outside of BP?

What stupid excuses are you speaking of? And SHOW ME where I said crap about this a month ago.

I understand you're upset about this, but attacking me isn't going to plug the hole. That's going to have to be left up the "the experts" - whether you like it or not.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 8, 2010 1:38 PM |
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Listen up Imbecile. You singled me out, and said I was like Sarah Palin.

You like to dish out the demeaning attacks, and then whine about the return fire.

You leave it to the experts. I did not back and vote for them. I voted for a person to take command of situations, especially massive disasters, be they natural or man made.

You keep using the same old lame leave it to the experts excuse over and over. What experts are you talking about. BP has long admitted that they had no real expertise in place to stop[ the spill, and were just making it up as they go along.

If there were an enemy nuclear sub threating us, from much greater depths than where the oil is coming out of the sea bed, we would know how to destroy it, and the President should have not left it up to just BP to come up with the answers.

The fact that it is still flowing into the gulf, makes that abundantly clear.

By the way, you are actually the one who sounds like Sarah Palin. She trusts the expertise of Big Oil, just like you do.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

By the way;

James Cameron is supposed to have been one of the experts that was consulted.

I guess he probably advised that they throw a very expensive precious stone in, and then a lot of experts would go down to recover it, and it should all be telecast in 3D.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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BP Plans to Replace Containment Cap Next Month
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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/07/national/main6557952.shtml
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"Company [BP] Believes a Bigger Cap Will "Provide a Better, Tighter Fit" over Oil Well Blowout at the Bottom of the Gulf of Mexico"
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it's (exactly) MY IDEA published in June 6 on my blog and posted hundreds times (or sent via email with the text below) on several blogs everywhere on the Web... CBS, CNN, DHR Facebook Page, BBC, Huffington Post, WSJ, Bloomberg, NYT, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. etc. etc.
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thanks BP to have (finally!) decided to adopt MY VERY GOOD IDEA, but, NOT SO THANK for having waited so much to adopt MY ideas, and to (still) haven't acknowledged me as the inventor of this idea... :[
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the BP's "cap" CLEARLY is a DRAMATICALLY WRONG idea!!!
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don't wait more DAYS or WEEKS to do something better!!!
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take a look and adopt NOW my NEW idea just published!!!
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it can STOP up to 100% of the leak in a matter of days!!!
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http://bit.ly/c8y9GX
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and, in the mean time, just seeing its live video, the oil flow from the BP wellhead seems INCREASED VERY MUCH despite the "cap"...
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http://www.deepwaterbp.com/
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Posted by: gaetanomarano | June 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

gaetanomarano:

BP used the wrong cap to cover the well and brought in the wrong ship (far too little capacity) to collect the oil. I fear this thing is far worse than we are being told.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"James Cameron is supposed to have been one of the experts that was consulted."

Maybe we should find the fix American Idol-style.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that with the largest naval fleet in the world and a service unit called the "US Army Corps of Engineers" we could have gotten independent of BP (and its conflict of interest real and potential) clearer video of the hemorrhage and realistic and more accurate flow rates than we have.

Instead video was withheld by BP for days or weeks and access to the site is controlled by BP while the only independent documentation we were allowed to see were pictures taken from an orbiting satellite.

BP is still seen to be calling the shots and still in charge of disaster management. And it is even completely in control over adjudicating the compensation claims that it is liable for.

Posted by: porsillo | June 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Like I said before:

It is like telling the arsonist, who started the Inferno, we will let you figure out how to put out the raging inferno.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Nuclear, oil, nat. gas, all have the potential for disaster.

Why not harness the sun? Would thousands of acres of solar panels in the Southwest end up damaging the environment or killing hundreds of people? I doubt it.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | June 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"James Cameron is supposed to have been one of the experts that was consulted."

Maybe we should find the fix American Idol-style.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 1:59 PM

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Actually, BP, has been conducting something similar. They have been requesting that people submit suggestions on how to plug the leak.

You know; we have mislead you about the true spill rate and size, and we have concealed the video from you, but we hope you can figure out how we can stop it, because we sure are stumped.

Honestly; we have no real plans in place to stop it. We are just making it up as we go along. Surely some of you folks out there, with no offshore oil drilling experience, can come up with some better solutions than we can.

Isn't that really what they are admitting to, and why that has not set President Obama's hair on fire, really baffles me.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Let me tell you about where I live: Denton, Tx.

Fully 40% of energy used by homes and businesses comes from wind, methane, etc.

In fact, methane from the landfill powers up to 1200 homes!

Get those solar-derived and hydrogen electric cars going!

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | June 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The Gulf Oil Spill, courtesy of the bloody British, is not Obama's only problem.

According to ABC, the Afghan War has gained a fresh and dubious distinction: it is the longest war in our nation's history, surpassing the conflict in Vietnam. 103 months passed between passage of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the withdrawal of the last American combat forces from Vietnam. As of today, the Afghanistan war is 104 months old.

Not only does Obama refuse to leave Afghanistan, he refuses to leave Okinawa, resulting in a change of government in Japan. It is time for BP to leave America.

Posted by: alance | June 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

slave-b-gonne:
"Do you find it ironic that the United States Constitution was largely intended to promote family farming? "

It is? Pray tell, where do you find THAT in the document?

Look at the occupations of the Founders who drafted the document, fella. You had Agribusiness,(Plantation Owners), Media,(printers), Bankers and a silversmith.
It follows therefore, that our government was set up with the over-riding idea of KEEPING the money that you had made.
Now in doing so, that meant that the little guy ALSO got the benefit of being able to keep HIS ducats TOO!.

But then, some figured out that you could also use the Government to MAKE money from the little guy,(and Lincoln put that into practice by conducting the Civil War. Think of the Emancipation as a "taking" of property without fair market compensation).

And from there,private property-wise, it got worse.

Senators are no longer appointed by the legislatures of their states, but rather by direct election. This flies foursquare against what the Founders intended we have, a democratic republic, and moves us closer to the mob rule of direct democracy.
Revisionist propaganda to the contrary, the Founders took a very dim view of direct democracy.

And that's where we are today.

"Not to mention, even a dog knows not to sh*t in his own house."

I just can't resist...

"There's another word for those folks, I think ... hmmm, what is it? Oh, yeah! Hippies"

And if you don;t think that hippies defecate in their domiciles, then YOU'VE never been to a commune.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"But then, some figured out that you could also use the Government to MAKE money from the little guy,(and Lincoln put that into practice by conducting the Civil War. Think of the Emancipation as a "taking" of property without fair market compensation)."

Uh-oh. I don't think you should have said that.

As to the first point, it wasn't the Drafters' occupations that matter or that I had in mind. Ask Thomas Jefferson and James Madison what kind of country they envisioned. It wasn't free enterprise uber alles. Property itself was hardly mentioned. When the Founders spoke of liberty they meant it literally not in some Ivory Tower AEI alchemy where corporations equal people (corporations as we know them didn't even exist) and money equals speech. Godd*mn activist Conservative Supreme Court!

Posted by: wbgonne | June 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

BP is the pusher. We are the addicts. Even George W. Bush said we were oil addicts.

The pusher will never leave, as long as we keep buying his product.

A grand word that originated in County Mayo. It was there that the tactic was first employed by the Irish against Captain Boycott. Parnell picked up on it, and told others around Ireland, who were being oppressed by their English Colonial overlords: "Boycott Them".

Boycott. Use it, if you want to impact BP's bottom line.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans and Tea Party folk want so much less government, WHY are they the FIRST to want government to help? Why would THEY be blaming the President for a private company screw-up? The hypocracy is amazing.

Posted by: justaguy43 | June 8, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The oil spill will be a footnote of the Obama presidency, compared to his efforts to radically move the United States from capitalism and democracy to socialism and communism, and part of the destructive dream of a "new world order".

Two hundred years of success under capitalism and democracy frustrates the ambitions of those such as Obama who want to make their mark in history with political and economic innovation, albeit: at the expense of individual freedom.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | June 8, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

wbgonne-

Bilgy is just waving his Confederate (freak) flag.

In his world, private enterprise is God. There is no morality beyond the dollar.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | June 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Eight Years under Bush/Cheney, and not a single net job created in the USA. They did however manage to take a large annual budget surplus, and turn it into a massive annual budget deficit, while making a dog's vomit out of two stupid wars of choice.

They also made it possible for Wall St. Robber Barons to wreck the global economy, and then have Paulson get down on his knees and beg for a massive bailout of those same Big Wall St. Casino Banks.

You are right: President Obama should have never allowed George W. Bush to ruin the free market system.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 8, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The oil spill will not doom his presidency -- the way he is handling it will. Americans expect an administration to be confronted with issues over which it does not have complete control, but they like to think and feel that someone is in charge who is competent. The President talks, talks, talks. He just does not seem "authentic" -- just someone who is playing the role of commander-in-chief. But then he had no experience to begin with, did he?

Posted by: sdl63 | June 8, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of hooey. What's Obama supposed to do anyway? Dive a mile down and ... what? Everybody acts like he's Superman or something and just refuses to act. As someone said in a comment the other day, if Obama really tried to take on Big Oil - or Wall Street or the Pentagon, for that matter - he would be in a coffin within 6 months. And the usual suspects would be denying all the conspiracy theories.

Posted by: Glassyeyes | June 8, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

HANG EM ALL FROM THE HIGHEST NUSE BIG OIL, WALL STREET !

Posted by: JWTX | June 8, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse


The leftist willing suspension of disbelief that Obama really is a fork up, is centered around the following:


1. Obama is the most honest man born of a human parent, and maybe more honest than Jesus too.

2. Obama is the most competent and brilliant man not named "Henry 'Indiana' Jones, Junior," and maybe better than him, too.

3. The public is a bunch of morons who cannot appreciate the wonders of progressivism simply because they're too stupid to do so.

4. Nothing needs to be changed about progressivism or their progressive president, except for some meaningless focus-group-tested catch-phrases and maybe a little faked anger.

Thanks to AceofSpades

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 8, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

That is about the silliest column I've read today.

"So what does the public want? For the federal government to bring its boot down on BP's neck." So, aside from the administration claim to already being doing this, what does it mean? "Obama" is already doing it. So what else?

"An astonishing 64 percent say it should bring criminal charges against the company, and 51 percent strongly favor this." Already being investigated for criminal charges! Try to stay informed of current events, will you?

"The bad news: People are not convinced that the government is doing all it can to deal with the Gulf crisis, whether through a White House failure to communicate or because the White House response has in fact been lacking."
Okay, some people are idiots and don't pay attention. That is hardly "bad news" for the administration. It is bad news for the country. But, how can you "convince" someone who doesn't want to be convinced in spite of the obvious?

"The good news, though, is that people continue to want a very aggressive Federal response. In other words, if there's only so much the government can do to control the spill itself, the public continues to want decisive action." This is even more dumb. What does "decisive action" mean when options are very limited? Still the wind? Forbid hurricanes? Use Bounty paper towels to sop up the oil by hand from the middle of the Gulf? If Obama plugged the leak with has azz, some people (we all know who they are) would still complain, usually while they deny prior adminstration's handiwork in this mess.

I would like to see Obama/BP address why we don't have tankers in line sucking oil from the Gulf, though.

Depite media morons who need controversy to sell stuff, this is not "Obama's Katrina". It belongs to BP (NEWSFLASH: BP did shoddy work and caused the leak), with the tacit approval of the Bush MMS. What is the matter with so many writers (you) at the WaPo?

Posted by: michael4 | June 8, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"You singled me out, and said I was like Sarah Palin."

I'm sorry, but when you sneer at experts and professionals just because they don't give you the answers you want, then you are just like her.

"You leave it to the experts."

You keep equating experts to BP and I don't understand why. Do you not admit that there are conditions that exist in this spill that require expertise in areas such as engineering, underwater drilling, etc.? You like to talk about TMI - well, who do you think handled that? You think they grabbed some guy off the street and threw him into the control room? No - they consulted nuclear engineers, health physicists, and other radiological professionals. Hell, even your hero Jimmy Carter had some experience in nuclear engineering.

"She trusts the expertise of Big Oil, just like you do."

I have never ONCE defended BP's actions in the gulf. Not ONCE - even though you keep accusing me of doing so.

"and the President should have not left it up to just BP to come up with the answers."

And I ask you once again....what leads you to believe that he has "just" left it to BP?

"The fact that it is still flowing into the gulf, makes that abundantly clear."

Are you suggesting that that Obama is ignoring some plan to fix the well? That someone has an idea of what to do and Obama is refusing to listen to them because they're not from BP?

Sometimes something just CAN'T be fixed. It sucks, but that's the way it is. You can keep stamping your feet and raging at Obama but it's not going to help stop the leak any faster.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | June 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama became a one-term president with his forced health care bill. Problem is the MSM will never report the real news and still plays up to him.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 8, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Thank God.

Posted by: nychap44 | June 8, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It's going to take a heck of a lot more to restore confidence in this government. If Obama thinks "fixing" the oil spill is going to renew that American peoples faith in him, he is sadly mistaken. He's too far gone....just look at the state of our economy now.... He has tried to do too much too fast and he has this country in tailspin..

Posted by: beachlvr0804 | June 8, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama became a one-term president with his forced health care bill. Problem is the MSM will never report the real news and still plays up to him.

Posted by: 45upnorth
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Okay, Swami, look in your crystal ball and enlighten us with the winner in 2012...

Posted by: michael4 | June 8, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

It's going to take a heck of a lot more to restore confidence in this government. If Obama thinks "fixing" the oil spill is going to renew that American peoples faith in him, he is sadly mistaken. He's too far gone....just look at the state of our economy now.... He has tried to do too much too fast and he has this country in tailspin..

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Maybe YOU are slow, but that doesn't mean everyone else is.

Posted by: michael4 | June 8, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

The Gulf oil spill will probably have no effect on the administration on the long run for one simple reason: BP. The American people can only focus on one villain at a time. During Katrina, the government was left holding the bag since it was an act of god and a human tragedy. In some way, we are ambivalent about the issue at a subconscious level no matter how angry we may seem since the American people overwhelming support oil exploration within our boundaries. You can't be angry at something that you need. Notice how the Republican Party bigwigs are keeping low on the issue. As long as the administration is going through the motions, receptive, and not completely incompetent, it will pass once the oil gushing is stopped. Ultimately, this is not a human but an ecological tragedy since the only lives lost were at the rig.

Posted by: AMQ1 | June 8, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

DEAR EVERYONE; WHY NOT REMOVE THE PLUMBING ABOVE THE OIL LEAK, SUSPEND A SELF PROPELLED TORPEDO ON A TIMER, LOADED WITH CONVENTIONAL EXPLOSIVES AND LAUNCH IT INTO THE HOLE WHERE HOPEFULLY IT WOULD EXPLODE BELOW THE SEA BED AND COLLAPSE THE HOLE???!!!

R. J. Reiser

Posted by: joeb123 | June 8, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr Sargent a portion of your underlying thesis is that Obama IS capable of solving the Gulf Oil Spill debacle and he simply is not up to the task. Or any other for that matter. When a gifted orator and a mature man in his late 40's, such as Obama, has to to resort to potty mouth rhetoric it is a clear sign that the man is in over his head. Mr Obama is flailing desperately to manage the situation. In short he doesn't know what to do. But you Mr Sargent are more concerned about "getting serious about taking on entrenched interests and rallying for real and lasting energy reform". Wow! That will really help clean up the pelicans and beaches in the gulf.

Posted by: obamaisafailure | June 8, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama going to kick some butt? If President Obama is going to kick some butt he needs to do it in Massachusetts first!

We have got to ask how the response to the Gulf of Mexico spill compares to the 2003 Bouchard B 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay,Massaacusetts?

Two things come to mind. First the U.S.Court of appeals never allowed the state of Massachusetts to enforce the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2004. The Coast Guard appealed the rules because of an intercoastal turf war leaving the state with no new laws to protect the bay. Second the residential property claims of thousands of residents have been tied up in the Massachusetts court system for the past eight years. How will residential property owners around the gulf have to wait?

On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil.

Posted by: fnhaggerty | June 8, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Obama has been bought out by oil in general
here is the theory you guys can post it or not your choice
what happens to oil floating on water at 100 degrees plus temps
evaporation creating clouds preventing water form evaporating so now the clouds are made of gas rather than water so you have these gas clouds floating around in oxygen what do you thin their looking for
well there looking for the third element ignition what happens then well someone sends a rocket threw a gas cloud it ignites catching the atmosphere on fire the explosion is so massive and high in heart it ignites the oil floating on the service now not only has our atmosphere exploded our ocean is on fire as well

Posted by: knightly_in_ak | June 9, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Are you people all RET*RDED? Or just GAY?
Obama is a PUNK. He's 'The Music Man'. (You Gays will get that one. Music Man, being a Broadway Show) He's the MONORAIL GUY on the SIMPSONS' episode. He's the FLIM FLAM MAN, and the SNAKE OIL SALESMAN.
He's never done ANYTHING in his entire crooked life. He's a Street Hustler from the South Side of Chicago. A BAG MAN for the DALEY MACHINE. He's an AGITATOR. He's HITLER. circa 1930.
The idea that you pathetic fools think that this EMPTY SUIT can ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING?
He doesn't BUILD things. He BLOWS THEM UP. He's a DESTROYER. Just like every good LEFTIST.
Am I going too fast for you idiots?

Posted by: GoomyGommy | June 9, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Our illegitimate government is the enemy of the people. Obama is well equipped to restore trust in the government, because he's a pathological liar, like his predecessor, Bill Clinton. However, unlike Clinton, who had a well-rehearsed "good ole boy" act, Obama is more like a Jimmy Carter: cold, insufferably arrogant, petty, vindictive. He was raised as an only child, by his grandparents. Obama would be more successful in deceiving Americans into thinking that our illegitimate government is trustworthy by staying out of the picture, and using surrogates to read from the Teleprompter.

Posted by: doctorfixit | June 9, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Trust in government is at best oxymoronic. So for that matter is Obama having our best interests in mind. Wake-up America.

Posted by: Horrido | June 9, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Obama's vision is to make, the once middle class, serfs to the federal government. In his model government workers (the Knights and Gentry) make fat salaries, pensions and post retirement health care. We the serfs on the other hand see an ever declining standard of living as our king borrows endlessly, debasing the value of our savings; then the king heaps regulation on us and our employers increasing the cost for all of the goods we consume and driving our jobs to other kingdoms, which have a deeper respect for business, wealth, and jobs. Ultimately Obama’s only promise is to leave this kingdom so bereft of jobs and wealth, and so crushed by debt and poverty that our children will long suffer for our sins well after we’re gone!

http://www.minyanville.com/businessmarkets/articles/piigs-europe-debt-eurozone-greece-canada/6/4/2010/id/28598

Posted by: ELF2 | June 9, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

ahhh katrina supposedly destroyed people's trust in government after 96 hours when the coast guard was rescuing hundreds if not thousands of people off of rooftops and from attics of largely submerged houses. after 7 weeks, i think we are well past that point with the gulf spill.

Posted by: dummypants | June 9, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Pac-car 2 got 12,666 mpg. No need for oil?
Wake up people

Posted by: oilless | June 9, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I do not understand all of the comments about this article, or even the article itself.

Why are you all so upset?

As soon as Obama figures out whose ass to kick, this thing will be solved!

No more oil. Problem over.


Posted by: TECWRITE | June 9, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

[[Barry was briefed on the full extent of the catastrophe yet kept allowing BP to pull wool over your eyes with their false fixes.

Either:

Barry is in their pocket; or

Barry thinks we can't handle the truth.

Posted by: Papagnello | June 8, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse]]

Actually I think it's more that Obama simply wasn't interested enough in the spill -- he wants to transform the US, after all, through grand legislative achievements -- to deal with it. What's a pesky crisis when there's a country to remake?

So incredibly incompetent. Saw him called Captain Kickass on another web site -- I love it! Everyone should adopt it. Captain Kickass to the rescue ... or not.

Posted by: bethIllinois | June 9, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

You're kidding right? We've had the corrupt stimulous bill passed before anybody read it, trillions and trillion in corrupt spending and debt. We had the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, the $60 billion union payoff, the Florida Gatoraide, the corrupt healthcare bill passed by corrupting the rules of the Senate, we have crimes of buying and selling elections with Blagojevice, Romanoff, and Sestak, and broken promises and lies Galore from Obama? We have the most corrupt administration since Nixon, and as the oil spill shows the most incompetent since Jimmy Carter! Trust in Government with the corruption of Obama and the Democrats in Congress? Somebody tell Mr. Sargent to get off the Kool-Aide!!!!

Posted by: valwayne | June 9, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

How can Obama and the socialist Dems restore trust in a government they are working hard to destroy, except for what benefits them? Even without the oil spill, he would be having a tough time "restoring" public confidence. He's just getting started in his destruction. Next on the agenda is "Cap & Trade" (for the revenue) and then "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" (for the votes).

Posted by: adm454 | June 9, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The spill in the gulf is a big problem, but not so big that it couldn't be solved if federal and state governments would work together along with private enterprise.

But working together would be at odds with the White House plans for this crisis. The president thought "top kill" would work and he moved to take credit for it when the attempt was started. At the same time, the White House wanted to prevent the Republican Governor of Louisiana from claiming media attention by building sand berms which would have prevented damage to Louisiana's swamplands. So, the White House stalled.

The president delayed making a decision to allow Louisiana to build protective berms as long as he could. Finally, after weeks of delay, he made the decision to allow 1 berm to be built.

The president's policy of "not letting a crisis go to waste," has caused untold damage to the Gulf Coast.

Posted by: mgsorens | June 9, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Today's news of Obama setting up a restitution agency to aggressively hold BP's feet to the fire is another great step in the right direction. If there is ever a time to redirect that "fired up" energy to positive action it is now. Energy policy is next after Health Care was accomplished.

The tide is turning on health care. Americans are confused and conflicted, polls show, about “Obamacare”. Recent polls show that a majority want to “gamble” and just give it a chance. News junkies like me know that there are many conflicting news reports and opinion pieces – mostly written by those pushing a political agenda. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just find a trusted, non-partisan research group that would study the darn thing and give us some straight answers we could believe in?
Well, this morning my dream came true. News I have been waiting for. One of the country’s most respected think-tanks, the RAND Corporation ( http://www.rand.org/ ), has just completed an exhaustive study of 2000+ health reform policy scenarios. The conclusion (drum roll please):
“The new U.S. health care reform law was the best option for providing health insurance to the largest number of people while keeping federal government costs as low as possible.”

Posted by: truthseeker13 | June 9, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, it is quite obvious that like his Kenysian fairy tale economics plan (can anyone name a country where it has worked?) that his shrum induced idea fo a large centralized government being able to solve everything is also a joke. Greg how much does the white house pay you to spew this propaganda to the masses. But keep it up, I do get a good laugh knowing that you really believe this tripe.

Posted by: jeffsargent | June 9, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Obozo is the reason for mistrust of the WH! he campaigned as a moderate and governs far left of any recent Dimocrat president! campaign promises broken, Porkulus is impotent, still WAITING for it to take effect like we were told thousands of time last year, just wait!!
Passes the buck on every major decision, blames everyone else, especially Bush for his own incompetence.

Posted by: morphy | June 9, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

How can B.O. be "on top" of the spill when he has NEVER spoken to the top guy at BP? Anyone, of any political view, must admit this is nuts.

Posted by: yankintenn | June 9, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

A truly funny piece.The lack of self awareness of Obama's media apologists can still surprise, even at this late date.Hint: its not the oil spill.Expecting Obama to restore trust in government is like asking Bernie Madoff to restore trust in wealth management.It's waiting for the perp to fix the crime.

Posted by: diana11777 | June 9, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA = WEAK
OBAMA = DITHERING
OBAMA = FAILURE

Posted by: TonyV1 | June 9, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding. Obama restore trust. A man that will be impeached and put on trial for treason before the end of his first term is not going to instill trust in anything.

Posted by: psutopgun | June 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama restore public confidence in competence and trustworhiness of the federal government? Obama? Yep, just as soon as pigs can fly. And pigs will never fly, not even with lipstick plastered all over their kisser.

And as for the author of this article's suggested "strategy" that Obama needs to get even more "aggressive" with all of his other radical reforms -- yeah, sure thing, that'll for sure do the trick. So bring on the DMV-prototype for incompetence that pushes the envelope for government waste, a prototype that even Obama has admitted to be a total failure -- indeed, the very same prototype that's doing so well with the Obama oil rig blowup fiasco, the Obama healthscare debacle, the Obama stimulus bill for "creating and saving" all those public sector jobs while at the same time destroying private sector jobs and this country's entire economy in fell swoop, and of course the looming Obama crap and tax boondoggle and the Obama fannie-frac-freddie-frump non-financial deformity.

Getting aggressive with piling on even more incompetence is not a good strategy.

Posted by: JRS2U | June 10, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Keep flailing Barry ... doing a great job ... gonna blow 125M to try to prop up that health care bill that's blowin' up in your face ?? ... good luck ... the more you talk about it the less people like it ... better move on to energy or immigration ... BTW have you ever heard the term "filibuster" ... better get used to that baby ... enjoy your long hot summer Comrade ...

Posted by: cunn9305 | June 10, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Rat vermin corrupted Boss Tweed-Obama and his corrupted Tammany Hall regime is finally being exposed.
Otraitor is a man-child emperor-with-no-clothes. He is a rat vermin traitor with a plummeting popularity rating because he hates America, hates freedom and hates liberty. He works for Goldman Sachs and the banking oligarchs along with Dodd and Frank. He supports expanded wars - but strangely Soros funded Code Pink and Media Matters are silent for this baby-dictator Obama. Obama is weak and the world is destabilizing, he is a slave to the oligarchical collectivists and rules our population with an iron fist with a velvet glove. Obama coddles terrorists, Iran, MS13 gangs, Mexican Narco-State Drug Czars and criminals with sanctuary and open borders.. He cracks down on the middle class - the law abiding tax paying child bearing middle class whom he considers subjects in his regime. His IRS has audited at a rate 300% above normal. His census is a Nazi-like info-gathering attempt. He has outspent all previous presidents in one year. He is big brother, he is a traitor and he is a little man child moron figurehead empty suit that acts childish and thin skinned because he is uneducated. Sure he was indoctrinated with progressive trash, but given what he says and thinks he is a stupid uneducated failure of a man that could not hunt, grow food for himself, nor even change his tire. He knows nothing of math, history, physics or chemistry, his ideas are idiot Alinsky eructations and regurgitations, his speech capability without a teleprompter is pathetic and he is one of the stupidest people to ever grace the Office of the President. This moron man-child Otraitor looks and acts like a thin skinned loser. He is a disgusting traitor and a progressive rat that will rot in hell.
This Obama regime is the modern Boss Tweed Tammany Hall. The depraved nature of the Democrat party and its hidden progressive-Marxist agenda has been a cancer on America for well over a 100 years now, and today, the main stream media is controlled by the progressives so we don't have Thomas Nast drawings exposing what this rat vermin Obama is doing.

Posted by: mickrussom | June 10, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Progressive traitor communist scum caused this, caused the OIL SPILLS, caused Mercury from COAL BURNING, even caused the gas explosion in Texas. They want

rigs OUT OF SIGHT, so deepwater rigs happen. They hate nuclear, so we burn stuff like cavemen due to progressive liberals.

Even is the USA doesn't drill, everyone else will . Every last drop of economically obtainable oil WILL BE BURNED. China will do it. India will do it. They

will kick the Sierra Club losers in the balls and take the oil.

To do anything significant, you must spend and help and allow and promote NUCLEAR POWER and FUSION RESEARCH, but the progressives have urinated and stymied

Nuclear Power since the 1970s, and look what it got us? Mercury from coal and oil being burned for all energy, along with coal and natural gas. Nuclear is

10000x cleaner. But the stupid progressives stopped it.

Progressives cause all of the problems, just go a little long term, you see the lefties were racists, the lefties were Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed, the

lefties have terrorized America for hundreds of years.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_M._Tweed

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tammany_Hall

But you see I've been asking for nuclear power from TARP and STIMULUS money, but all we have done with it is NOTHING. Just funding ACORN or whatever it was

renamed to into local chapters.

This presidency is a complete and total anti-American failure regime Cloward Pivening America to death.

Otraitor's regime. The oligarchical collectivists wet dream.


Posted by: mickrussom | June 10, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

The US Govt does not have Plan B but we do. The Freidlander Oil Chimney (www.oilchimney.homestead.com) can contain the oil from the bottom to the surface and the Aerial Pipeline (www.pipe-dreams.homestead.com) can transport the methane and oil over the seas. This is not expensive to develop and can be clearly presented to sate official, federal officials and BP decision makers.

It is the oil which you focus on but the natural gas released is severely damaging to the ozone layer.

Posted by: StrategicSolutions | June 15, 2010 5:54 AM | Report abuse

The US Govt does not have Plan B but we do. The Freidlander Oil Chimney (www.oilchimney.homestead.com) can contain the oil from the bottom to the surface and the Aerial Pipeline (www.pipe-dreams.homestead.com) can transport the methane and oil over the seas. This is not expensive to develop and can be clearly presented to sate official, federal officials and BP decision makers.

It is the oil which you focus on but the natural gas released is severely damaging to the ozone layer.

Posted by: StrategicSolutions | June 15, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

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