Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Making the most of the BP oil spill

No one on the left wants to miss out on a good crisis. Nothing better than using a disaster that threatens the nation to push an agenda. Never let a good crisis go to waste! Economy is in the doldrums? Push a massive pork barrel spending bill through, never mind the debt! Health care costs skyrocketing? Jam through an immensely unpopular, expensive and unfunded health insurance plan! Public debt exploding at an unprecedented rate? Borrow more and spend more, it has to get better sooner or later! A tragic accident that demands national attention in the Gulf? Use it to paint capitalism as a failure!

There is nothing more inane than those who label the BP oil spill as a failure of the free markets. Was the Chernobyl disaster a failure of the free markets? Did an overweening government prevent that disaster? As a little history lesson, Chernobyl happened in 1986 during the last days of the Soviet Union. It is not as if the communist dictatorships in the former Soviet Union or in present day China or North Korea have been “green” regimes. Accidents happen. They happen in communist countries and they happen in free market countries. It is going to take more than Barack Obama “thinking about it” to make it stop spewing oil and it is ridiculous that up until recently he has gotten a free pass from the media, the same media that scorched President Bush for not “doing something” about New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The world’s most powerful nation with the biggest navy by far in the world and the most innovative minds anywhere is standing around on the shore and shaking our collective fists at the ocean.

What is ironic is that when something happens that people want the government to get involved in and that it makes sense for the government to get involved in like an oil leak in the ocean, the government has by and large been a big fat failure. Rather than seeing that as a warning sign, liberals want to give the government even more control over things that the government has no business in and that people don’t want them interfering with (i.e. health care). Far from an indictment of the free market, this disaster and the subsequent impotence of the world’s sole superpower is an indictment of the ability of the Federal government to solve our every problem. It cannot solve even one leak in the ocean, how can we expect it to cure the economy and keep every American healthy for free?

I wish liberals would take their collective heads out of the sand. Maybe they could cram them in the hole in the Gulf. That would be a win-win for everyone.
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