I’m so pissed off I want to smash my own windows out.
But that would be foolish.
This disaster is the culmination of so many political, governmental and business failures over the past three decades that playing the blame game runs the risk of sounding like a cop-out. Yeah, BP had best be paying every little dime for this mess, but it shouldn't stop there. This can't be musical chairs, where the unlucky entity gets clobbered with litigation and every other contributor walks free. No, there is much work to be done. And we're going to have to learn what to do when big government AND small government AND free enterprise all fail catastrophically multiple times within the same decade.
I didn't say it would be easy.
I know it will be difficult to do so, but we're going to have to remember the times America was a nation capable of great things, and channel that problem-solving ability into the present dysfunction.
We focus on what can be done RTFN and prioritize correctly. Regarding the response to the current disaster, Maitri has four excellent draft executive orders ready to go, as well as a raft of other suggestions, starting with this:
I don’t want Obama to take responsibility for things that are not his fault like the rig explosion, subsequent leak of 12,000+ barrels per day (multiplied by 38 days) into the Gulf of Mexico and onto priceless coastal real estate or even the state of the MMS and US drilling regulations until April 20th, 2010 (admit it, the man had quite a bit on his plate already until that day).
She then proceeds to enumerate things he can do to start getting this thing under control as effectively as the catastrophic scale of the problem will currently allow. Some additional "prevent shit from happening again" ideas are thrown in for good measure.
My current rage towards this situation is so complicated I have trouble phrasing complete sentences. The only thing more infuriating than the current situation is knowing that our society has experienced enough of these situations to know better, but proudly continues to exhort our own inability to do something about it as if that is something to celebrate. My current cognitive dissonance at the current political atmosphere only increases when I envision how much worse things would have been with someone else in charge. Others are putting this in terms far better than I am able.
That's why I point to you other posts. Have fun reading. I'll be elsewhere, gnashing my teeth.