The Presidential Redress of BP

As I was making my 75 mile commute home tonight from Las Vegas to Nye County, I was forced to listen to President Obama give his oil spill speech blame-game. As usual, whenever I hear that man speak, I find myself yelling obscenities at the radio, and probably looking quite deranged to other motorists. As I listened to his endless “not my fault, blame BP” nonsense, one part of his speech stopped me cold!

 Tomorrow, I will meet with the chairman of BP and inform him that he is to set aside whatever resources are required to compensate the workers and business owners who have been harmed as a result of his company’s recklessness.

[Emphasis mine]

When I had recovered from almost driving off the highway, I was almost speechless.. “Compensate the workers and business owners…”  Excuse me? BP was drilling in the Gulf under a legal permit and is contractually obligated to pay any and all costs associated with an oil spill, and up to $75 Million in liable damages, according to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

Our illustrious President is now demanding that BP compensate all the fisherman, shop-owners, inn-keepers and oil-rig workers who find themselves out-of-work because of the spill! Are you serious? It was bad enough when the President was talking tough about “boots on the throat” and “kicking arse”, but now he is directly violating the law, and trying to force a corporation to pay expenses that they are not legally responsible for!

While BP caused the spill, and they are 100% responsible for paying all costs associated with the clean-up, it is the Federal Government who is responsible to coordinate the actual clean-up. It is a direct result of the ineptitude of the organizer-in-chief, that we are two months into this disaster without a solution. Willfully turning down foreign assistance to protect your union buddies, delaying requests from the affected States (who just happen to be Red States), not deploying all available assets to the region, and IMHO, allowing the spill to destroy the region for political gain!

Americans are watching Mr. President, and we don’t like what we see. Perhaps if you spent less time playing golf, having parties and doing fundraisers, you would have more time to protect the Nation! If your staff spent less time playing beer-pong or having water fights, maybe they could come up with a few ideas? The American people were watching you tonight, and praying that you would have a plan to stop the leak, and clean-up the oil. Instead, what we got was your BP Bashing and a revisited sales-pitch for Cap-n-Tax, Green Energy and Global Warming. All the wind mills, solar panels and nuclear reactors will not put gasoline in our cars!

In America’s time of need, you failed us, and once again displayed that you are nothing more than a political opportunist!

Shame on you Mr. President, shame on you!