Since Day One — T.F. Stern

By T.F. Stern,

President Obama announced he will meet with BP executives today for the first time regarding the Deep Water Horizon well disaster in the Gulf. A couple of thoughts came to mind; the first had to do with the purpose of the meeting after Obama’s fireside from the night before and the second had to do with waiting so long to meet for the first time.

‘“We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused,” Obama declared in his first Oval Office address, a venue often reserved for matters of war. That is now how Obama describes the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico — a “siege” on the shores of America.”

Does this sound like Obama is interested in fixing the problem, a problem so serious that he compared it to a terrorist attack which happened on 9/11? Obama wants to look and sound presidential; instead this makes him look even smaller than he was before. He’s waited two months to talk “face to face” with “generals” who are battling the disaster and rather than offer assistance all he can do is point fingers and promise to make them pay?

“Obama’s forceful tone about BP’s behavior shows how far matters have deteriorated. The White House once had described BP as an essential partner in plugging the crude oil spewing from the broken well beneath nearly a mile of water. Now Obama says BP has threatened to destroy a whole way of life.”

Again the question of the day, if BP was an essential partner in plugging the crude oil spewing from the broken well, why has Obama wasted two months prior to meeting with them face to face? Why isn’t the stated purpose of this meeting centered on the mutual benefits to the nation of working together and applying what ever resources are available to resolve the issue?

It is painfully clear to anyone BP has civil responsibilities for damages caused by their failed drilling rig and the amounts involved would fund a small country’s budget, maybe a medium sized country; but that is something which will be dealt with AFTER the problem of oil spewing into the Gulf has been shut down. Obama wants to have BP’s kangaroo trial held in the Oval Office, a more than willing mass media event to stir public opinion in favor of a lynching rather than work within the constraints of our constitutional form of government which provides the rule of law, judges and courts as the venue for properly establishing culpability.

Since “Day One” Obama has shown his colors, that of a politically ambitious tyrant willing to permit a natural disaster to morph into a much larger problem. Obama could have asked congress to wave certain bureaucratic rules governing the management of off shore drilling to allow volunteered foreign assistance , assistance in the form of specialty equipment and personnel familiar with such issues; but these measures, if even considered, were not employed to stop the gushing oil from further damaging the Gulf environment.

“The US State Department said it is now playing an active role in the oil spill response coordinated by President Barack Obama’s administration.”

We should we be happy that Obama “is now playing an active role in the oil spill response”? Having waited two months since “Day One” and having ignored requests by experts in the off shore oil drilling industry as they lined up to help fix the problem?

“Last week, a Norwegian oil industry group that battles spills said the United States snubbed its offer to send 5,297 cubic feet (150 cubic meters) of dispersants to clean up the Gulf of Mexico gusher because the chemicals lacked US certification.” (emphasis added)

‘“The dispersants we use have not been certified in the United States even though they are more environmentally friendly” than the ones currently being used, Sjur Knudsen of Nofo told AFP.”

Don’t look for today’s meeting between Obama and BP’s executives to be anything more than a chance for our Marxist regime to take a whack at capitalism. I wouldn’t put it past Obama to enlist the help of Rep. Maxine Waters (D) California. You remember the Congressional hearings where oil executives were being roasted?

“And guess what this liberal would be all about. This liberal will be about socializing … uh, um. …”

Rep. Waters then collected her thoughts and continued…

“Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies. …”

Obama has made it perfectly clear through his statements, he wants no part of running the private sector; but having observed his actions from Day One of his administration, a reasonable and prudent person might have some doubt. The old adage “Actions speak louder than words” comes to mind. When you look at the takeover of GM, Chrysler, Wall Street and the Health Services Industry, Obama’s hollow words become more than enough evidence that he intends to use yet another crisis to destroy capitalism one company and one industry at a time. Watch what Obama does, not what he says.

The Moral Lib­eral asso­ciate edi­tor, T.F. Stern, is a retired City of Hous­ton police offi­cer, self-employed lock­smith, and gifted polit­i­cal and social com­men­ta­tor. His pop­u­lar and insight­ful blog, T.F. Sterns Rant­i­ngs, has been up and at it since Jan­u­ary of 2005.