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The Government Needs Mom Clean-Up Skills!

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Kate Meyers: Looks like the government could use a little mom logic.

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When your kid breaks the fish tank, you don't first assign the blame, figure out the punishment or discuss what the water is doing -- you clean it up. Maybe that sounds simplistic, but the government has clearly screwed the pooch on this one, and pressuring BP (it has been 34 days!!) is clearly not working. I heard a high-ranking military guy on CNN last night talking about the need for environmental studies to evaluate the impact of some of the proposed berm-building ideas. Are you KIDDING me?! What could be worse for the environment than what's happening right now?

On Friday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, "There's nothing that we think can and should be done that isn't being done. Nothing."

It sure feels like he got the "nothing" part right. The person who seems to be making the most sense is Louisiana Parish President Billy Nungesser. I kept wishing he would go rogue, take his team out and have at it. Personally, I would rather send our young people to clean up this mess than deploy them in Afghanistan or Iraq. I voted for President Obama because I thought he was a leader, but this feels like a deep, dark bureaucratic void. For the sake of the people of Louisiana, our children and the future of this planet, let's put all hands on the cleanup.

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Joe Perez May 25, 2010, 4:54 PM

LOVE this article! I’m with you on the “nothing” part. Apparently they haven’t heard of this just yet to clean and RECYCLE the spilled crude..

Keep up the great posts…from a “Mr. Mom” :)

michelle May 27, 2010, 8:55 AM

What an unbelievably stupid, simplistic article. Yeah, clearly “the government” is always at fault. Actually it is lack of regulation that got us into this mess. When we let corporations do whatever they want, this is what happens. BP has the resources and expertise for oil spill cleanups, and it is they who are sitting on their butts when they can and should do more. The government does not have this ability, largely because it’s busy paying to wage two wars like you all wanted, while cutting taxes like you all wanted. Where is the extra money to deal with an ongoing, neverending oil spill supposed to come from? I am so over this bogus red-america bs. You don’t believe the government can or should do anything. Until you do want the government to do something. Then you blame it for not doing enough. Make up your mind.

Rob June 30, 2010, 9:50 PM

@michelle.right on.

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