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