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The deplorable response to the BP spill is not Louisiana’s fault

posted at 3:00 pm on June 25, 2010 by

Originally posted at the Washington Examiner.

For the last two months Louisiana has had to deal with the federal government’s deplorable management of BP’s oil spill, with various federal agencies actively hindering local efforts to protect and clean our shores and to keep our economy going. To add insult to injury, we now have a suggestion from Froma Harrop that we need a federal takeover, making the state of Louisiana a U.S. protectorate.

A modest proposal: The federal government should take over Louisiana. Might as well, at this point.

… It’s hardly news that Louisiana’s political class is not all it could be. But there comes a time when the U.S. taxpayer can no longer write blank checks to cover its dysfunction.

Considering that the spill is occurring  in federal waters, on a site the federal government leased to a company operating under federal permits, federal inspections and which recently received a safety award from the federal government, I’m not really sure to which local dysfunction Ms. Harrop refers. It’s also worth mentioning that for decades Louisiana has been denied the same level of federal royalties for offshore drilling that other states enjoy, so drilling here is a real moneymaker for the federal government.

Other than applying a legally questionable financial squeeze to BP, I’m not sure how much the federal government has accomplished in the 61 days since the Deepwater Horizon accident besides generate frustration in local officials. However, a lot has been accomplished in spite of them.

All things considered, I’m wondering why Louisiana shouldn’t just secede from the federal government. Might as well, at this point given the feds response.

Added: Via @pomitical, it’s 3a.m. -

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The Gulf coast should prepare a bunch of fully functional offices with computers that only log on to porn sites. Every time a fed shows up put their name on the desk and tell them to stay in the office during working hours. They will be as compliant as a 5 year old doped up on Ritilan.

chemman on June 25, 2010 at 5:14 PM

It would be so easy to copy your post, insert any number of states’, counties’, and towns’ inititiatives, and repost with the Federal Bureaucracies bloatware barriers to timely and positive outcomes.

Don’t you just love copy/paste?

Robert17 on June 25, 2010 at 6:13 PM

This is the biggest cluster-you-know-what in history.

I hear the Katrina cleanup bureaucrats have been transfered to the Obamacare division.

tarpon on June 25, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Excellent vid

AH_C on June 26, 2010 at 10:22 AM

So, it’s perfectly clear that this dork would not know how to rush his own children outside from a burning building. The fact remains though that his children would not make it out and he glibly will be explaining why and whom is at fault.

ericdijon on June 26, 2010 at 6:17 PM