Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Jones Act

Is one of the things the right wing is attempting to use in criticism of the Obama administration's response to the BP Macondo Oil Gusher.

Fail.

Talk about an "aside used to push an agenda"! Maybe if the memebers of the political class would spend more time criticizing real problems instead of digging around in the pile of laws they would already like to see repealed, they may have a little more credibility. Hell, if they did that, we may even get a little good policy out of this on the downslope.

But no, I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for them to do so.

Arguing about this irrelevant law does zero to alleviate the catastrophe on the coast, but it scores political points with the base and blames the excesses of industry on union thuggery! Win-win for the Right. Lose-Lose for the rest of us.

Please note, this does not excuse the Administration's kneejerk defenders, who are pointing out the paltry amount of international aid currently put to use in the Gulf as if it is something to crow about. Fifteen ships and 4 miles of boom deployed in useless fashion will get this spill cleaned up in roughly 4,000 years.

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