Some people think regulation on companies goes against our system of free enterprise. You can be for free enterprise and look out for the general public at the same time. You shouldn’t have to choose between the two. A business should make all the money they can make as long as they don’t destroy the lives of other people to do it.
One of my biggest problems with what passes for conservatism today is that they frame this choice as a stark one: if you want to go after both of these reasonable goals, you're a socialist; any cap on or criticism of the free-market is not just bad policy, it is unAmerican.
One of my biggest problems with what passes for liberalism today is that they want to "regulate" businesses but can't seem to figure out how to do so in a way that effectively protects people, property or natural resources.
Hence we end up with the following:
Earnest criticism of Obama from his own base:
I can only conclude the Obama Administration has been a failure in how it’s handled the Macondo oil gusher in the gulf.
And praise of Republican officials from the left:
Credit where it's due. The only people showing anything like real leadership at this point are Craig Taffaro, Billy Nungesser, Bobby Jindal, and now Caldwell.