Federal Government’s Agenda In the Golf?

I was listening to Scott Sloane on WLW this morning while driving to the bookstore. He was talking about the BP oil spill in the gulf. He was generally noting how everyone is out to blame somebody over the disaster and he thinks that’s premature. Fix the problem first, then assess blame.

However, he and some of the callers were talking about the fact that there doesn’t seem to be any kind of infrastructure in place to protect us against this disaster. Generally speaking this was “our well”, but there are other wells out there in the Gulf that don’t belong to us. They belong to other countries like China or whoever. So if those wells aren’t ours, who’s responsibility would it be to protect our shores if something like this happened to one of those? We don’t have authority to tell the Chinese what to do – not in the kind of direct way that we can BP. (aside: not that I’m in favor of Congress dragging in the owner of BP, and not that I’m in favor of the Attorney General discussing criminal charges).

The point is, shouldn’t the coast guard and the federal government be concerned with protecting our borders in this kind of a situation? Isn’t this part of their job? Sloane then went into a discussion of all the money that’s poured into this and wondering where it’s going. He also mentioned the FAA and the FDA and how they don’t come close to accomplishing their jobs sufficiently in terms of Airport infrastructure, and pharmaceutical regulation respectively, despite untold billions of dollars funneled into them.

Then I had a thought. Think back with me about two years – maybe more. Think early on in the 2008 presidential campaign. Think back before the housing crisis and the worst recession since the Great Depression (that isn’t even as bad as the Carter years). What was one of the hot button issues at the time? Oil prices. What are we going to do about this dependency on foreign oil? Continue reading Federal Government’s Agenda In the Golf?