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[ale] [OT] cartoon on BP spill blame

There are a couple of problems here. First, we *have* accepted aid  from
Norway and the Netherlands, as documented here:


Apparently, part of the reluctance to act earlier was that our government
gave BP its own leeway in addressing the problem. Secondly, this makes a
poor example of governments citing incompetently. The Dutch solutions being
offered are *government* solutions. The article makes this clear. The
difference is that it was a government that has the power to enect solutions
like the one described. We would never allow that here. Instead, what we had
was the task force led by Dick Cheney (of the oil industry) that met with
oil industry leaders behind closed doors to decide how the government should
stay out of the way of the oil industry. We are still living with that

On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 5:56 PM, Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com> wrote:

> More to poke the ire of those who fervently belive in the ineptness of
> government as an institution.
> http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=3203808
> Sometimes you have to act in a crisis to mitigate problems as best as is
> possible. What I read from this is the usual red-tape BS blocked a process
> that would have resulted in far less of a mess than anything the US has is
> in't oil-spill bag of tricks. It was blocked because it was not 100%
> perfect. But more oil would have been removed from the ocean that was done.
> --
> --
> James P. Kinney III
> Actively in pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness
> Doing pretty well on all 3 pursuits
>  Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by
> faith, then you are conceding that it can?t be taken on its own merits.
>    Dan Barker, "Losing Faith in Faith", 1992
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