Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Gulf, Obama and the Jones Act

Fox News just reported on something called the "Jones Act," a decades old congressional act that is having the unintended consequence of prohibiting foreign ships from helping with the oil clean up in the Gulf.

Some foreign countries apparently have some of the best oil cleanup technology in the world and they actually have ships on site but they can't do anything because this Jones Act would make it illegal.

The Jones Act, however, can apparently be waived by order from the President. President Bush waived the Jones Act after Hurricane Katrina.

We are now over 50 days into the Gulf oil disaster and President Obama has still not waived the Jones Act. I guess he is too busy conducting meetings trying to determine whose butt to kick (I have a suggestion on where he might start).

Elections have consequences and we are feeling the consequences. I guess this is what you get when you elect a President whose only administrative experience is running a political campaign.

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