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House Dems to GOP: Neener, Neener, No Gulf Coast Trip for You

posted at 12:06 am on July 1, 2010 by

This is hilarious.  Suddenly, the House Democrats are rewriting the rules for funded travel because a group of Republicans (and one Democrat) wants to visit the Gulf in July.  Well, “rewriting” makes it sound like something official and accountable is going on.  “Remaking it up as they go along” would apparently be more accurate.

The little shabby digs and jabs just keep coming out of the woodwork.  Last week, the left-wing blogosphere was atwitter over the story that Bobby Jindal had activated fewer than half the national guardsmen Obama had authorized for Louisiana.  Why, there Jindal was, complaining and bellyaching about how little Obama had done, and the hypocritical low-life hadn’t even called up the Guard!

Fox News bothered to get Jindal’s perspective on the issue, along with that of the other Gulf Coast governors, who also had called up far fewer guardsmen than they were authorized to.  Fox talked to the Defense Department as well.  As a moment’s reflection would suggest, there was no good reason to call up more of the Guard, since it doesn’t have the tools or expertise needed for the actual problem.

The Guard is already piling up sandbags, and Jindal had it start – in mid-June – making the sand berms he’s been pushing for, until the federal government shut that operation down.  What Jindal needs is offshore skimming and berms.  The Guard can’t skim for him, and the feds control whether the Guard can make berms for him.  Why make the taxpayer fork over for an expanded call-up that won’t address the problem?

All this petty nonsense is of a piece with Obama’s unleaderly comments in Wisconsin today.  John Boehner’s take afterward – that it was simply a childish performance – about covers what there is to say about it.

Meanwhile, Gulf businesses that have been hurt due to loss of tourism may not be compensated from the $20 billion BP shakedown fund.  This is interesting, as it certainly isn’t hard to make the case that they are losing business as a direct and inevitable result of the oil spill.  On the other hand, any rig workers idled by the Obama drilling moratorium won’t be losing their income due to inevitable consequences of the oil spill, but due to an entirely discretionary decision by the administration.  Nevertheless, early in June, the administration promised that those workers would be compensated from the BP shakedown fund.

Check with the inmates for your lights-out curfew.  They’re in charge of the asylum now.

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The situation is at least as bad as I worried it would be.

gryphon202 on July 1, 2010 at 2:30 AM

As shaken down as we taxpayers have been over the last few years (decades if you choose) perhaps we should go all magnanimous and rent some tour buses for the Congresscritters that want to visit the Gulf, just for the firestorm of it. HA bloggers and commenters could get some very fun mileage out of it. And think of the photo ops and headlines: Congress Goes for Gumbo, Gets Tarballs; Nancy & Harry Late for Bus, Take Air Force Two

Write your own.

Robert17 on July 1, 2010 at 5:57 AM

Why don’t they go any way?

If there was any trip that should be funded, a trip to see Obowma’s oil spill up close and personal is it.

tarpon on July 1, 2010 at 7:50 AM

And still we have to read this here. The MSM is still protecting this guys monumental short comings.

jeanie on July 1, 2010 at 9:14 AM

How much did that trip to Copenhagen cost? How much is that rent on Nancy’s new digs? Doesn’t Southwest fly to New Orleans? Get down there bozos and stop complaining.

txmomof6 on July 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Bobby Jindal had activated fewer than half the national guardsmen Obama had authorized for Louisiana

I wonder if they took into account that the La. 256th – including my son in law – is in Iraq, so Jindal doesn’t have access to our entire Guard right now.

Laura Curtis on July 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM

A few hundred bucks for gas to drive – one night in a hotel if they’re babies about it, though I’ve driven straight through from New Orleans to DC plenty of times – or else a southwest ticket (yes, they’ll have to fly with the peons; get over it) would get them here if they were serious. Don’t tell me they haven’t got $500 bucks laying around. And the campaign ads would be all the sweeter: Democrats in Congress blocked us from taking this official trip; we did it anyway so we could see for ourselves how we can help the Gulf Coast.

Laura Curtis on July 1, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Jindal had it start – in mid-June – making the sand berms he’s been pushing for, until the federal government shut that operation down.

Has there been a good excuse from this administration as to why Jindal can’t get what he needs? If so, I haven’t read it. Disgraceful.

Why make the taxpayer fork over for an expanded call-up that won’t address the problem?

Window dressing for the media, maybe? Gives the impression that something is “being done” when the precise opposite is occurring. It also affords them the opportunity to focus on Jindal, as you said.

Great post!

Bee on July 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Laura Curtis — the Congressmen are apparently planning to make the trip on their own dime. The point is that the Democrats are refusing to fund it, although it would be normal for the House to fund a trip like this.

J.E. Dyer on July 1, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I would spend my own money to go down there and broadcast a townhall … How about a “listening tour”.

tarpon on July 1, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Republicans, get your behinds down there and tell us what is really going on.

yoda on July 1, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Obowbao keeps campaigning on the taxpayers’ dime, but our elected officials can’t get to the worst ecological disaster in our history to see the damage. Dems are making huge policy decisons with long lasting economic and national security implications; it would be reasonable to let them see first hand what is going.

WOW, unpresidented.

Laura in Maryland on July 2, 2010 at 11:36 AM