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Monday, May 24, 2010

Feds to Keep Their Boot on BP's Neck Instead of Putting Boots on the Ground or on the Water

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, said today, "We will keep our boot on [BP's] neck until the job gets done."

That's our government for ya, a super size-me collection of useless bureaucrats good for only two things: Taking your money and telling you what to do and when to do it. God forbid anybody in government should ever do something other than run a hearing or call for an investigation.

Does anybody know how much of the oil slick at sea has been recovered by OSRVs? No. Has anybody asked? No.

What is the point of a federal government that can only deal with a national environmental catastrophe by saying: "We'll keep our boot on their neck until the job gets done."

These tough words from Washington and the White House are pure, unadulterated, useless tripe. What I want from my government is for them to tell me they've arranged for resources that BP can't get, that they've brought in OSRVs from other countries, that they've started cleaning oil out of the gulf to the tune of 10,000 bpd, that they've sent 5,000 bulldozers, 2,000 excavators, 3,000 bucket loaders, and few hundred tractor trailers full of clean-up supplies and equipment. I want to know they've taken money previously earmarked for stupid fisheries research vessels and shifted it to construct new oceangoing OSRVs.

You know something? We'd be better served if the federal government took that Ken Salazar boot and shoved it up its own ass.


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